Graham Brown


First Class Ticket - Percussion 
Forgot My Words - Writer, vocals and percussion  
Georgie - Writer, vocals and percussion 
Nanny State Madness - Percussion  
Sugar - Percussion 
When Ya Gunna?  - Percussion

Graham tells us his musical story in his own words........

Since the age of 14 I’ve been drawn to Latin and Afro Cuban rhythms, particularly the percussive sounds of congas and bongos. I’ve often wondered what prompted my obsession with these particular styles. Looking back, I suspect it may have been a combination of my African roots and the raw energy of music from that region as well as early exposure to bands like Santana and Osibisa. Plus I’ve often been accused of having a general nervous energy which makes me want to tap and slap away to most music.

I bought my first set of congas when I was 16., working  in the local post office to pay them off.   It was one of the best investments of my life and I still have them nearly 45 years later!.

The mid 1970’s was a great time for music in Cape Town where I grew up. Weekends were spent jamming  in local hotels and at outdoor concerts with the Steve Walsh Buddies Band. And during school holidays we’d head to a surf spot called Victoria Bay (half way between Cape Town and Jeffrey’s) ….camping out on local farms with boards, bongos, guitars, harps and a commitment to having total fun. This was the era of Jethro Tull, Bowie, Hendrix, Audience, Yes, Steely Dan, Caravan, Rare Earth etc etc.

Later I came across  an unusual little jig ensemble called the David Nissen band – making interesting music combining fiddle, guitar, flute, congas, bongos and ‘finger cymbals’ (which I had to play wearing finger thimbles!)


Fast forward a few decades and here I am at the Shed.  It couldn’t have come at a better time.  What a great formula for making music and having fun and especially testing new material.  Thanks to Pete for his vision and Neil for introducing me and all the musos who contribute to keeping it alive.

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