"When you write poetry that can both kill you & thrill you in equal measure, then you know you've created something special. If you can move the reader with your work then great,
but it's not essential..."
Graham Marshall is a Scottish born Singer Songwriter. Brought up in the town of Linwood near Glasgow, Graham like many others around him grew up in a town where prospects were grim. A once thriving car manufacturing town, Linwood became a vision of urban decay when the car plant closed its doors for the last time in 1981. Graham grew up only knowing decline & this has been at the heart of his creativity. In his teens Graham played in bands with the only dream of being able to leave his surroundings.
At 21 Graham decided that he no longer wished to wait for his situation to improve. He took a job cleaning planes at Glasgow airport & worked every hour he could with the ambition of living the life he dreamed of. Graham travelled to many exotic destinations including the jungles of Borneo where he was hosted by an Iban tribe who had never seen a European.
On Graham's return to the UK, he decided to carry on where he left off with his music. In 2009 Graham came to the attention of legendary manager Bill Aucoin (KISS/Billy Idol).
In an attempt to impress Bill (who famously put a KISS tour on his credit card), Graham had to be creative… Due to a serious lack of funds like most musicians, he had the crazy idea of embarking on a busking tour of the UK. Graham had the idea of busking as many cities he could in a week from John O'Groats in North Eastern Scotland, to Lands End in South West England. This resulted in Graham performing in 18 cities in just 7 days, a journey of some 1500 miles. Busking until he'd collected enough money to fill his fuel tank to the next destination, Graham had the idea of filming his adventure for no other reason than to show the Grandchildren one day…
Sadly just 3 weeks after the tour ended Bill Aucoin passed away. Graham was informed by Bill's partner Roman Fernandez (Leftfield) that Bill carried a copy of Graham's EP "Ten Years Stuck in Traffic" in his briefcase everywhere he went.
In 2013 Graham decided to revisit the footage he had gathered from his tour. He subsequently edited the footage into a feature length documentary, now called "Out in the Cold" & submitted it to a handful of film festivals in the hope of some feedback…
This resulted in "OUT IN THE COLD" winning a Castell Award at the 2013 Barcelona International Film Festival. On receiving this news, Graham (now a truck driver) texted the Janice Long Show on BBC Radio 2 on his nightshift. So impressed by his news, Janice Long contacted Graham immediately & interviewed him on the phone & also played his single "Makin' it on my Own" the following evening. The national press also contacted Graham & his achievement was featured in the Sunday Express.
Later that year Graham was invited to open for cult folk legend Linda Perhacs during her "The Soul Of All Natural Things" tour. Linda would later feature on Graham's album.
In 2015 Graham was contacted by Glasgow radio DJ Ros Barclay who had heard Graham's track "Makin' it on my Own" from his EP & sought permission to use it as the title of her show. Graham happily obliged & was later invited onto the show to perform a live set.
In 2017 Graham went on to record his debut Album "Mr Complicated", which enjoyed worldwide airplay. Most notably, his track "Freedom Call" going straight in at number 1 on the Scottish New Music Chart. Graham also had several stints at number 1 on the Ralph's Life blog chart hosted by the late Michael Lindley. The show aired on Radio Kaos Carabou who have been a great supporter of Graham's music.
Graham believes that you should always challenge yourself creatively, so in 2020 he decided to embark on writing poetry. Graham wrote a poem called "A Day without TV" & uploaded it to Cosmofunnel.com. This poem was nominated for their monthly poetry contest & won 2nd prize.
When Graham began writing poetry he had the idea of combining both music & poetry to create a new album concept & as fate would have it, he was approached by RKC who were interested in airing a poetry/music show after a 3 show run in 2015 called Wanderlust. When Graham pitched his album format to RKC & his plans to open the show to the poetry world, Graham was offered his own slot on the station to do just that. Graham came up with a concept of putting a show together like his album idea showcasing poets calling it Visions of Sound & compiled a unique format to showcase his work initially. Graham enlisted the help of editor George Webster & Sound engineer Alex Collingwood. After 3 shows Graham contacted poets in order to feature on the show due to the success by following a conventional radio format, but instead of conversation bridging gaps between tracks, VISIONSofSOUND featured a poet delivering a poem. Added to this the team added sound effects & atmosphere to showcase this 10 poem, 10 track wonderful experience using many different styles of music to suit each poet.
From music to poetry, Graham Marshall will continue to create.
In Graham's own words...
"The transition from songwriting to poetry has been one of self discovery, where words stand alone without restriction or accompaniment. Poetry is a natural progression from songwriting as finding rhythm with the spoken word has a definite association with making music. I am noticing the same rules apply with the spoken word & music. Chord progression has many different directions, much like poetry. You start off with a simple note & let imagination take you, where in poetry, a phrase, sentence or simply a word can spark an idea in which to follow, standing alone stripped & laid bare. To capture the imagination with contemporary poetry is something I'm enjoying immensely.
I am relishing this new direction to my work & I hope you will follow me as you have with my music."
From the world around me to my inner most thoughts...