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.
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 James in producing that all important tight rhythm section
James Carnell - Drums and Percussion
James studied at The Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts and joined Hard Graft in 2019. He brings colour with his drumming - percussive sweet spots that catch the listener’s ear, adding another layer to the songs. He and Ted lay down the foundation of Hard Graft’s set.
Guitar & Backing Vocals