Dublin Based Singer/Songwriter Graham J Heads to Broadway for USA Debut

Dublin Based Singer/Songwriter Graham J Heads to Broadway for USA Debut

Graham J is fast gaining an international reputation as one of the finest singer/songwriters of his generation. Acclaimed for his highly emotional interpretations, outstanding and unique vocals, and his eclectic mix of repertoire, his music is being played on stations throughout the UK, USA and Canada. Graham's first album "Wild Is" received much acclaim with four and five star reviews from magazines such as Maverick Magazine and Blues Matters.

Graham Says of his NYC debut: "My music whilst having a universal appeal is written from the point of view of my life as a gay bear. I consider myself to be a torch singer. Someone who people will turn to for comfort and joy in their dark moments. It's long been a dream of mine to perform on Broadway. I've spent years listening to the great jazz artists from Harlem and was raised on a diet of jazz divas, crooners, Broadway show tunes and opera. This is truly a dream come true."

On his debut album 'Wild Is' Graham explores elements of jazz, blues, classical and alternative contemporary. The avant-garde, almost vaudevillian presentation, underlies themes of evolution and transformation which define the work. The strictures of Graham's extensive operatic career as a rarely found tenore contraltino, though strongly acknowledged, are overthrown by his love of a broader breadth of influences including Nina Simone, Shirley Bassey and Karen Carpenter. A sense of mourning, loss and ultimately resolution permeate Graham's choice of repertoire echoing the work of truly indefinable characters like Rufus Wainright, Antony & The Johnsons and Bjork.

Graham was approached by BBC 6 Music and BBC Merseyside to record his own version of Ian Prowse's "Does This Train Stop On Merseyside". This recording will feature as part of a new documentary about how Irish artists have influenced musical life in Liverpool. Graham J's performance will be featured alongside contributions from major musical artists including Elvis Costello, Christy Moore and Miles Hunt. The documentary is scheduled to air early 2018.

Graham J, can't wait to entertain you all in New York city! Come along for some exceptional talent, a tear, a giggle and the craic in between the songs!

January 26th, 2018 7pm

Tickets $25, with a $20 food/beverage minimum.

www.westbankcafe.com/laurie-beechman-theatre

 



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