Graham Gouldman is one of the world’s leading songwriters. Perhaps best known for his stellar success as part of 10cc – and for songs such as I’m Not In Love and Rubber Bullets – he also penned some of the biggest hits of Sixties, writing for The Hollies, Herman’s Hermits and Wayne Fontana.
This January, Graham Gouldman performs the critically acclaimed Heart Full of Songs, an intimate, acoustic set that showcases both his 10cc classics and some of the hits he penned in the 1960s and beyond. This one-off gig is held in Manchester, with all proceeds going to support one of the city’s best-loved museums, Manchester Jewish Museum.
Graham Gouldman formed what became Heart Full of Songs six years ago, purely for the pleasure of playing his songs in their simplest form, acoustically. Then backed by fellow 10cc band members and opening the show at 10cc concerts, Graham performed a selection of the hits he’d written for other artists. The format became so popular that it adopted a name and undertook its first stand-alone concert tour in 2013.
10cc’s success over the past three years has been such that the Manchester concert on January 21st at the Stoller Hall is a rare chance to see Heart Full of Songs, now a three-piece featuring Iain Hornal and Ciaran Jeremiah, perform again.
Stockport-born Graham Gouldman has been responsible for some of the biggest hits of the 20th century. 10cc’s I’m Not In Love has been played over five million times on US radio and viewed over 30 million times on YouTube. Bus Stop, written by Graham for The Hollies, achieved similar success, with four million US radio plays, while 10cc has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
Graham’s achievements were recently acknowledged by his induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame – an arm of America’s National Academy of Music – where he joined previous inductees such as Noel Coward, Irving Berlin, Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Leonard Cohen and Sting.
Max Dunbar, chief executive of Manchester Jewish Museum said:
“This is a rare opportunity to see Graham perform in his hometown and we are delighted that he has agreed to donate all proceeds to the museum. Building work starts later this year on the museum’s expansion and restoration. Gouldman’s performance coincides with a once in a lifetime chance to build a new museum and his support is hugely welcome. We are expecting the event to be a sell-out, so I’d encourage people to get their tickets fast.”
Manchester Jewish Museum presents: 10cc’s Graham Gouldman & Heart Full of Songs on Sunday 21st January, 7.30pm, at The Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA. Tickets £28 (+ booking fee), from stollerhall.com.