Formed in late 2016, Hard Graft are a group of talented young musicians, playing the best of the classic rock, blues and funk genre, with the occasional indie/alternative number, adding that bit of variety.

The guys have played some prestigious venues, including Robin2, World Bar NEC and The Brasshouse Broad Street.

They are:

George Bakewell - Lead Vocals

George’s voice has a remarkable range, delivering soaring vocals with clarity and punch. He was spotted at 16 years old, when singing solo at an open mic - the band waited until the time was right to ask him to join Hard Graft, and in mid 2019 George became the lead singer/frontman.


Greg Blackburn- Lead Guitar and BV’s

Music and particularly guitar playing is central to Greg’s life, having studied Music Performance at Bournville College, leaving with a Musician Of The Year award in 2015. Well known on “the circuit” Greg enjoys exciting and technical lead breaks, never taking the “easy route” through a song.


Tom (Ted) Edkins - Bass Guitar

Ted is studying Bass at BIMM Birmingham, focussing on playing bass guitar as a career - he has a passion for solo bass work, writing and perfoming on his 4, 5 or 6 string bass guitars. Ted brings rock solid rhythms to the band, working alongside Ben in producing that all important tight rhythm section


Ben Wardley - Drums and Percussion

Ben began learning to play drums aged 10 - subsequently studying music to Grade A and, in particular, drums to the top Grade 8. He has played in various bands and musical groups over the years, before joining Hard Graft in 2021, where he works with Ted to lay down the solid foundations of Hard Graft’s set.

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