Graham Burgess has a long and varied musical pedigree. He has been playing the piano since he was old enough to reach the keys and he also plays violin (mostly forgotten) and guitar (rusty). An intuitive musician and a natural improviser, as a child he won prizes at musical festivals for composition and his ability to pick up music by ear is a bonus - which is just as well because his sight-reading is rubbish!
He has played in orchestras for musical productions such as South Pacific, Oklahoma, Guys & Dolls and others. Recently he has been gigging with a five-piece jazz band, playing contemporary jazz covers in a number of venues along the south coast. He has worked as a duo with the Hastings-based singer-songwriter Jo Chedgey and is currently playing loud & larey with Eastbourne rock legends The Betties, covering anything from the Jackson Five to Zappa. He has also been known to unstrap his guitar at jam nights and sing a few ballads to make the ladies cry and the men throw up.
He has been a Tull fan ever since discovering them as a student and taking on the complexities and subtleties of the Jethro Tull repertoire with the Dayglo Pirates is a new and testing challenge which he is enjoying enormously. Honest!
Roland FP3 digital piano for piano (duh), electric piano, pipe organ and flute noises
Hammond XK2 for Hammond–Hammond swelling organ sounds
Novation KS5 for strings, synth and silly noises
Roland KC60 amp for on-stage monitoring
Goose for goose-bothering and on-stage humiliation