Graham Powell

Pohlman and Powell

Well, I'm the 'Powell' in this band: Graham Powell to be precise. I have been singing, writing and playing on and off for a long time; but it's only over the last 3 years that I've undertaken it more seriously. Scott (Pohlman) is the Head of Music at a local state school where some of my children were and, still are, being educated. He's a great musician, plays drums, guitar and keyboards and mixes and does the production on the 3 Albums we've made. He's also from the States; so he has the genuine 'Rock and Roll' voice, which I find really cool. We got together because my wife was tired of my occasionally picking up the really nice Simon & Patrick acoustic guitar she bought me several Christmases before; and making a mess of chords and trying to sing in a pitch that didn't suit my voice. So, as Scott had taught our children to play various instruments, she suggested I start taking lessons with him. Well, very soon these lessons developed into jam sessions and eventually I started writing and composing again. Before we knew where we were, we had enough material for an album and later 2 more. About a year after I began taking lessons, my wife got even more tired of me, and asked me to leave, as she wasn't in love with me anymore. As can be imagined, I was extremely upset, because I love her. Anyway, it was a great, if more than slightly unwelcome, inspiration for the song lyrics and basic melody which Scott and I then worked on together before arriving at the final version, which was usually much changed and improved out of sight from the concept because of Scott's input. I am the senior partner in a design consultancy, which I founded some years ago with my wife, and I'm always having crazy entrepreneurial ideas above my station and ability. So I thought that a good way to promote our music would be to enter an album into the Mercury Prize competition. Cutting a long story short, only record companies can submit entries, so we started Shed and Cabin Records Ltd, which also publishes our songs. 'Shed', because Scott's 'Garland Road Studios' is basically a big shed. 'Cabin' was from my old home before I left, and where in my 'agony' of tears and remorse , I wrote the concepts for the first album. I know that sounds really cheesy, but I'm just being honest - whatever anyone thinks of our 'stuff', making it saved my life, literally. As Scott was the experienced one at doing gigs, I have had a lot of catching up to do, quickly. Unfortunately we have only been able to do a handful together. So, about 2 years ago, I decided to to do as many open mics as I could, to get the experience of playing live under all sorts of different conditions. Having no relationship, meant I had plenty of time on my hands . So I have been doing between 3 and 5 a week since then sometimes 2 or 3 in a night. Scott seems to think I've improved in my playing and singing, so I guess it's working in some small way. However, there's always something new to learn and I've have met some really lovely people whom I regard as friends now. No doubt, you may have fallen asleep or long since stopped reading, but if you are still here, I just want to say all the best with your own music, I'm gonna have a surf through the site and start listening to yours, now. Take care Graham PS all our Albums are on Spotify, which from a commercial point of view is a disaster in my opinion, but at least it gets it out there. We're on ITunes and Amazon too. The latter seems to be cheaper so have a free sample listen on there on the following links: