To be honest invernessGiGs had not heard about Graham Brown until yesterday evening when he popped up on Facebook to say Hello (we really do like it when people do that!)
Graham had been one of a few local acts that had made the long slog to the Live and Unsigned Regional Heats at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange to perform a successful 2 minute set in front of a mixed panel of judges.
On talking to invernessGiGs, Graeme said that he watched as many amazing acts did not make it through to the next round. However despite this and not feeling he had played to his full potential he has successfully passed the first stage of the competition.
Graeme described that for the Regional final (again at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange 19th of March)he has 3 minutes and 30 seconds to play a compilation of a cover song and one of my originals which should seamlessly blend together. In addition he has 25 tickets to sell for the show and the audience also have a say to who the 2nd act to go through to the Area Final in Newcastles Journal Tyne Theatre are. The more tickets he sells the greater opportunities he has. Opportunities for Graeme will also increase if he has the most viewed You Tube and Muzu clips (these are being released by Live and Unsigned in the next week and links to them will be posted here as soon as possible.)
The overall winner of Live and Unsigned receives £100,000 worth of investment including a record deal from Future Music, a UK tour, Festival slots in the UK and abroad, and some Media spotlight on television, magazines, and radio. Previous winners include Scotland’s own The Detours as well as Underline the Sky and The Lottery Winners.
Graham described a strong musical pull having been given a Pearl Export drum kit from my parents at the ages of 7 and being surrounded by talented musicians and a very musical based environment playing in cover bands all the way through secondary school. Moving from Carrbridge to Inverness at fourteen, saw him write “Recover” which is currently his most popular tune on You Tube (see below). Graeme described having to get over his lack of confidence in his own abilities and of allowing people to get to know him through the personal nature of his lyrics.
There is certainly an honesty in his music that traverses his young years and the limited recording facilities. You can see more of Graham R Brown on Facebook and more about Live and Unsigned here. Of course there is a little article about Marion Scott and Live and Unsigned in the link.
You can buy tickets for his performance (£7.50 each) and email him if you are interested in having him play at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A lifelong passion for music matched with a geeky fascination for social media and websites resulted in the creation of Inverness Gigs back in 2010. The aim of the site is to help promote, support and generally raise awareness of the local music scene.In fairness fifteen years of being a psychiatric nurse never prepared me for the experiences that we have had over the last few years and the evolution of Inverness Gigs has certainly been a steep learning curve.I currently write (less and less), edit and co-ordinate most of the Inverness Gigs activities.Occasionally seen on Twitter, and LinkedIn, if you want get in touch you can contact me via our Facebook page.