Graham Greene Biography

Graham-Greene-webA professional musician for over 30 years, Graham Greene is widely considered to be a leading Australian exponent of electric rock guitar.

A master performer and craftsman, he has received accolades from Australian Guitar Magazine, who have stated Graham Greene to be Australia's answer to Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, through to Hollywood where he was the recipient of the 2008 Star Music Award for Best Instrumental Rock Artist for his song "Impressive Hair", (announced by DIO guitarist, Craig Goldy) and is the first Australian to be featured on the US Mesa/Boogie website (2007), and included in the international Mesa/Boogie catalogue for 2010/12.

Multi-Grammy Award winning engineer, John Hampton of Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN on Graham Greene; "Graham, you da man with the 6 string. Steve Stevens meets Eric Johnson meets Gibbons meets ....GRAHAM!”   

Best remembered for his band, cult melodic rock giants of the late 80's and early 90's, Ice Tiger, 'the boy from the Kimberley' and much loved West Australian guitar shaman is Graham Greene and the name behind Guitar Gods, West Coast Guitar Heroes.

 

EARLY DAYS

The Kimberleys, Western Australia

Graham Greene was born in Perth, Western Australia, and at age 4 moved with his family to the far north-west of the state, where he grew up in the rugged and arid West Kimberley outback.
While attending boarding school in Perth, Graham discovered the guitar and quickly realized where his life's journey would lead. He played in some small bands after leaving school, and found regular work as a sound engineer before returning to playing guitar and keyboards. In his late teens, a car accident temporarily prevented him from playing, so he took the time off to travel back to his adopted home town in the bush, where he could recover, and reconnect with his childhood roots.

TURNING PRO

Flash HarryGraham's return to Perth led to more band work, where he consistently impressed with his ever-improving guitar and vocal skills. In June 1982, he was offered his first professional gig - a tour of Western Australia playing for New Zealand pop & rock diva Kim Hart. This tour gave him the exposure he needed, and, having fulfilled his tour obligations, Graham joined a top local cover band by the name of Flash Harry. He spent five years making a name for himself as one of the city's more talented performers. The band made numerous television appearances, and appeared in concert on the bill with U.S. rock star Meat Loaf at the 8,500 seat Perth Entertainment Centre. It was during this period that Graham received his first nominations in the West Australian Music Industry Awards 'Best Guitarist' category, showing that he had made a place for himself among his peers.

LOCAL FAME

Love'n'Crime - 2004 Special EditionIn late 1987, Graham put together what was to become one of the biggest and best hard rock bands to hit Perth stages. Ice Tiger played their first gig on new years eve 87/88, and within weeks was the talk of the town, playing to packed houses and receiving acclaim from public and industry alike. In 1991 the band released an album, Love'n'Crime (co-produced by Graham), which enjoyed chart success on a state and national level, and produced two singles, both of which were local hits. Ice Tiger played with such notables as Bon Jovi, Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth Band), Canned Heat and Jimmy Barnes, as well as headlining their own show at Perth's Burswood Superdome to approximately 10,500 fans. Sadly, the band broke up in 1992, but the album was 'posthumously' released in Europe, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and Japan.In 1993, Graham was offered a gig with a touring hard rock cover band Rusty Cage, which was to become the original band Judgement Day. The singer/founder of the band was Donna Andrews - who was to (in 1996) become Donna Greene.

GOING SOLO

Ice Tiger at Burswood Superdome - 1990

Late in 1994, Graham was asked to headline the W.A. Music Awards, performing some of the rock instrumentals he had been working on. The show was at the prestigious His Majesty's Theatre, and the ten-piece band he put together for the concert became the first incarnation of Graham Greene and The Happy Sinners. Judgement Day continued to play around Perth, before relocating across the country to Sydney in 1995.  In Sydney the band folded, and Graham took a sabbatical from live performance, having averaged almost 300 shows a year for over a decade. Graham and Donna were married in September 1996, and Graham kept in touch with the music industry by managing a music store, while doing the occasional session gig, either playing or producing. The couple continued writing, and in 1998 Graham released his first solo recording, Blue Feathers. The instrumental EP was in an ambient style which was new for him, and showed his mellower side, as well as his new skills as an acoustic guitarist and bassist. The positive response the CD received was encouragement enough for plans to be laid for a second solo recording.Blue Feathers (1998)The Greenes returned to Perth in 1999, and Graham's second EP was released, titled Voodoo Babies. For the first time since the 1994 Music Awards show, Graham put together The Happy Sinners, and played some select gigs. Positive reaction to these solo efforts convinced him to start putting together the full-length album he had been promising himself and his fans for so long.
While teaching guitar and bass, and performing with wife Donna as the popular duo 2Easy, Graham remixed and remastered a collection of 17 songs. Featured for the first time on a Graham Greene solo recording were 3 vocal tracks - Home, Eternity, and Walk On Water, co-written with Donna.

A YEAR OFF

Ice Tiger Reunion Concerts (2004)Club Voodoo was released in June 2002, with a concert at the Amplifier Bar in Perth. The launch gig saw Graham's best live band to date impress all present with a stunning presentation of the new Graham Greene and The Happy Sinners. Promotion for the album was cut short when Graham lost the use of two left-hand fingers in early 2003 due to nerve damage in his neck, the legacy of the teenage car accident. The majority of the year was spent in regaining the use of the affected fingers and learning to play again. Late in that year, he released the new-age CD Music of the Numbers and followed up with an ambient rock album Gaia Rising in 2004, which was also the year that Graham performed two sell-out reunion concerts with his old band, Ice Tiger.

A NEW DEAL

In 2005 Graham announced a new endorsement deal with WA company Ormsby Guitars, unveiling his new signature series guitars - the GG6 six-string and GG7 seven-string. He also started recording a new album, Leap Of Face, which was slated for a 2006 release, and played some gigs around Perth in classic rock covers band Fallen Angel with Donna and Ice Tiger alumnus Don Benson. During the year he also became a section editor, graphic artist and contributing writer for Perth music publication Groove Magazine.

The new album - Leap Of Face2006/2007 - Leap Of Face (right) was released in June of 2006, and Graham took to the stage with a new live band, promoting his new Ormsby Signature guitars and new CD. In 2007, Graham was made a Mesa/Boogie endorsee, becoming the first Australian artist to receive an artist page on the Mesa/Boogie website. During this time, The Greene's became involved with the Stop Child Executions Campaign, lending some of their music to the cause and writing a new song - Resonance (Spirit of Man) - dedicated to SCE.
October 2007 saw them heading east to appear at the inaugural Guitar Heroes:Guitar Fest in Sydney, where they debuted Donna's first solo CD, Resonance (Spirit Of Man). After a brief rest, the band toured to Vietnam in January 2008 as Resonance Project, heading an international concert lineup at My Dinh National Stadium to a crowd of 15,000 and a VTV1 viewing audience of some six million.

RECOGNITION

2008 - In October, Graham is recognized by the international independent music community when he is named Best Rock Instrumental Artist at the 2008 Star Music Awards in Hollywood, USA. The win sparks interest from internet media in a few countries, and tracks from Leap Of Face and Resonance start to receive worldwide airplay.

A MUSICAL PARTNERSHIP

Icarus - Jac Dalton

In 2009, Graham was introduced to the music of singer/songwriter Jac Dalton by a mutual friend, Nana Mex of Global Thunda Network. Nana thought it a good idea if the two made music together, they agreed, and a musical partnership was born. The result was the Jac Dalton album, Icarus, featuring Graham's trademark guitar and writing skills and Donna's unique voice on backing vocals. Graham wrote the music for a second Jac Dalton album, "Powderkeg" which was recorded in 2014 and has produced one single to date, titled 'Roll With The Punches'.

BAND AND SOLO RECORDINGS

After the late 2012 release of the Resonance Project digital EP, Rise And Fall, Graham and Donna released the 2014 EP Tale Goes On, the vocals for which were recorded shortly after Donna's diagnosis with MS. Tale Goes On and Graham's latest EP, Lord Of Misrule are both in current release. Graham also released a digital single called 'Chicken Soup For The Soul', which showed the guitarist trying his hand at a blues instrumental.

IN THE NOW

The Guitar Vinci Code

Graham performed through 2014 and into early 2015 with AC/DC tribute band Hells Bells, and currently teaches guitar part-time at Sowilo Community High School. In 2015 he released a new album, Down Devils Road, and continues to write and record. A new 6 track EP, The Guitar Vinci Code (right) was released on the 28th of September 2016 which was, coincidentally, Graham and Donna's 20th wedding anniversary.



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