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03 Sep 2021

The 10cc co-founder will donate the Bandcamp proceeds from No Words Today to the Help Musicians charity.

Like most musicians during this last year or so, Graham Gouldman found himself with time to spare. With 10cc and solo shows postponed, Gouldman – perhaps unsurprisingly – continued making music.

I decided to record some of my favourite songs reinterpreted as instrumentals”, explains Graham. “Some were tunes I’d known for years, which I would play for my own enjoyment, and others were songs I just loved. I wanted to pay homage to the writers, arrangers and artists who have gifted us with their musical genius.

Graham Gouldman

Recorded mostly at home, on his own, the album has a distinct “easy listening” mellow charm. Perhaps in contrast to the world outside at the time, the soothing instrumentals are easy on the ear.

I was inspired by what I thought were the definitive recordings”, he continues. “For example, Peggy Lee’s version of ‘The Folks Who Live On The Hill’, Matt Monroe’s ‘Somewhere’ and Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s ‘Summertime’.

He does allow himself the modest indulgence of including an original, alongside the greats – “I’ve only included one self-composed track, ‘Resonator Rock’.

Mindful that the many successes of his long career have provided him the means to spend time on a self-indulgent project, Graham says “I wanted the proceeds of this album to go to the many musicians who have been so seriously affected financially by the Covid pandemic. Towards this end I have chosen ‘Help Musicians’ as the charity to benefit from your donations.”

Please give generously. I hope you enjoy listening to this album as much as I did making it.

https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk

“No Words Today” is out now, exclusively via Bandcamp – https://grahamgouldman.bandcamp.com


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13 Mar 2020

10cc’s Graham Gouldman today releases his new single ‘Standing Next To Me’, which features a very special guest appearance by Ringo Starr.

The song was inspired by Graham’s experience of being asked to join and tour with Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band for their 2018 tours of North America and Europe.

Listen now: Spotify | Apple | Deezer

Graham said, “I would stand next to Ringo front of stage when he wasn’t playing the drums. It was a surreal and wonderful experience to see him ‘Standing Next To Me’. It was also brilliant to be on the road with the other members of the All Starr Band, namely Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Gregg Bissonette, and Warren Ham. A dream come true.

Ringo added, “It was such a thrill for me to have Graham in my All Starr Band in 2018, with his great songs and great bass playing and his very British personality! And look what happens – he goes home and writes a great song and then asks me to play drums on it! It was my honour because the track is fab and I want to congratulate him on such a good album too.

‘Standing Next To Me’ is released a week before Graham’s new album ‘Modesty Forbids’ – the fifth solo album of Graham’s career, available for pre-order here.


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17 Jan 2020

The first single from Graham Gouldman’s new album, Modesty Forbids, is out now. “All Around The World” is one of eleven tracks from the album that’s now available for pre-order on LP, CD and digital with instant grat download of the single.

With Graham’s 10cc tours enjoying ever-increasing success around the world in recent years, in 2018 he was invited by former Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr to join his All Starr Band for tours of Europe and the USA, during which the band played three 10cc songs, elevating Graham’s profile yet further.

That relationship continues, with Ringo making a very special guest appearance on Modesty Forbids. Graham said, “Playing with Ringo Starr and The All Starr Band was absolutely brilliant, and having Ringo play drums on one of my new album’s songs was the icing on the cake. In it, I write about how I came to be asked to join Ringo’s band and about my experience of being on the road with him, alongside Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette, who also plays drums on three of the album’s tracks.”

Graham said, “I can’t begin to tell you what a pleasure it was making Modesty Forbids and to be able to work with so many fine musicians. When listening back to the album I realise that there are two recurring themes. One is about climate change awareness and the other is a call for ‘peace and love’. These two subjects may be clichés, but I don’t care – as long as we take action on the first and practice the second we’ll all be ok.”

Pre-order Modesty Forbids here, or at you local record store.

In addition to global dates with 10cc, Graham will be touring the UK in March:

  • 19 Mar Gateshead Sage 2 [tickets]
  • 20 Mar Aberdeen The Tivoli Theatre [tickets]
  • 21 Mar Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre [tickets]
  • 22 Mar Glasgow St Luke’s [tickets]
  • 24 Mar Solihull The Core Theatre [tickets]
  • 25 Mar Leeds City Varieties [tickets]
  • 26 Mar London Union Chapel [tickets]
  • 27 Mar Brighton St George’s [tickets]
  • 29 Mar Colwyn Theatr Colwyn [tickets]
  • 30 Mar Liverpool Epstein Theatre [tickets]
  • 1 Apr Wavendon The Stables [tickets]
  • 2 Apr Manchester RNCM [tickets]
  • 3 Apr Bristol St George’s [tickets]
  • 4 Apr Cardiff The Gate [tickets]

Tickets available now from all venues and ticket agencies.


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28 Nov 2019

10cc’s Graham Gouldman will embark on a run of UK tour dates in March and April 2020 to coincide with the release of his first solo album in eight years.

Long-established as one of the world’s greatest songwriters, Graham’s 14-date tour with his semi-acoustic band Heart Full of Songs begins in Gateshead on 19th March and ends in Cardiff on 4th April, including a date at London’s Union Chapel on 26th March.

Graham’s new solo album – the fifth of his career, and his first since 2012’s ‘Love And Work’ – is scheduled for release on 20th March on Lojinx.

With 10cc tours enjoying ever-increasing success around the world, in 2018 Graham was invited by The Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr to join his All Starr Band for tours of Europe and the USA, during which the band played three 10cc songs, elevating Graham’s profile yet further.

That relationship continues, with Ringo making a very special guest appearance on Graham’s new album, playing drums on a song called ‘Standing Next To Me’.

Graham said, “Playing with Ringo Starr and The All Starr Band was absolutely brilliant, and having Ringo play drums on one of my new album’s songs was the icing on the cake. The song is about how I came to be asked to join his band, and about my experience of being on the road with Ringo alongside Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette, who also plays drums on four of the album’s tracks.

When Graham formed what became Heart Full of Songs it was purely for the pleasure of playing his songs in their simplest form: acoustically. The format became so popular that the acoustic four-piece undertook its first concert tour in April-May 2013.

The band now tours across Belgium, Germany, Holland and the UK and comprises Graham, Ciaran Jeremiah, Dave Cobby and either Iain Hornal, Nick Kendal or Andy Park, depending on their various commitments.

For lovers of perfectly-crafted music performed by the composer, a Heart Full of Songs concert is truly an exquisite experience, featuring 10cc classics such as I’m Not In Love, Dreadlock Holiday and The Things We Do For Love, Bus Stop – a hit for The Hollies, For Your Love (The Yardbirds) and Bridge To Your Heart (Wax), along with some new material.

Graham’s songwriting status was acknowledged in 2014 with his induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame – an arm of America’s National Academy of Music. Previous inductees include Noel Coward, Irving Berlin, Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Leonard Cohen and Sting.

That was followed in 2015 by Broadcast Music Incorporated in the US anointed him an Icon of the Industry at a special ceremony in London, where he wowed the audience with an acoustic rendition of I’m Not In Love, accompanied by Lisa Stansfield on vocals.

Around that time, Graham got another unexpected lift. It happened backstage at the UK’s Cropredy Festival when Robert Plant walked up and thanked him for writing one of the songs that got him through the audition to join Led Zeppelin. The song was For Your Love.

Looking ahead to the tour, Graham said, “I always love taking my Heart Full Of Songs show on tour. Acoustic performances always create a very intimate atmosphere where every song – which is what it’s all about – can truly be heard. It also gives me a chance to explain how the songs came about and something of the writing process. We’ll see you there.

The full Heart Full of Songs tour:

  • 19 Mar Gateshead Sage 2 [tickets]
  • 20 Mar Aberdeen The Tivoli Theatre [tickets]
  • 21 Mar Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre [tickets]
  • 22 Mar Glasgow St Luke’s [tickets]
  • 24 Mar Solihull The Core Theatre [tickets]
  • 25 Mar Leeds City Varieties [tickets]
  • 26 Mar London Union Chapel [tickets]
  • 27 Mar Brighton St George’s [tickets]
  • 29 Mar Colwyn Theatr Colwyn [tickets]
  • 30 Mar Liverpool Epstein Theatre [tickets]
  • 1 Apr Wavendon The Stables [tickets]
  • 2 Apr Manchester RNCM [tickets]
  • 3 Apr Bristol St George’s [tickets]
  • 4 Apr Cardiff The Gate [tickets]

Tickets available now from all venues and ticket agencies. Album pre-order details coming soon.


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