Open main menu


Graeme Clark is a Scottish musician, songwriter and record producer. He came to prominence as bass player, founder member and songwriter from the pop/soul band Wet Wet Wet – the band he formed with friends and fellow band members Neil Mitchell, Tommy Cunningham and Marti Pellow whilst attending Clydebank High School.

Graeme Clark
Birth nameGraeme Clark
Born (1965-04-15) 15 April 1965 (age 54)
OriginGlasgow, Scotland
GenresPop
Occupation(s)Bassist
Songwriter
InstrumentsBass guitar
Vocals
Years active1982 – Present
Associated actsWet Wet Wet
Maggie Pie & The Impostors

The band signed to Polygram Records in 1985 and their debut single – "Wishing I was Lucky" was an immediate hit along with the album "Popped In Souled Out". He performs as a solo artist. He released his debut album ("Mr Understanding"; 2012), and has since released three more eps ("Solitary Soul", "Catching Fire 2013", "Dry Land 2014"). ‘The Thought Collector’ was released in 2016, and ‘Radio Silence’ released in 2018. In recent years Graeme has toured extensively playing solo acoustic shows around the UK.

CareerEdit

Graeme Clark was born in a suburb of Clydebank on 15 April 1965. He got his first electric guitar at the age of 10 but admits that his first and abiding interest was in bass playing citing the music of West Side Story, along with Simon and Garfunkel among his early musical memories. During his teenage years Graeme grew to love the music of The Beatles, The Clash, Simon and Garfunkel and then fell for Memphis & Philadelphia soul with the work of Teddy Pendergrass, The O'Jays and The Isley Brothers all having a special focus.

Clark was a founder member of Wet Wet Wet. The band released a series of 30 hit singles, including three number ones, and released eight albums to date. Wet Wet Wet split in 1997 when Marti Pellow and Tommy Cunningham both left the band for different reasons. The group have since reformed.[1]

As well as Wet Wet Wet, Clark has worked with Chic and collaborated with Nile Rodgers. He started writing solo music for a film, Shoreditch (Malcolm Needs, 2002) starring among others, Shane Ritchie.

Under his own name, Clark penned two songs for a Bollywood movie soundtrack – American Daylight (Roger Christian, 2004). During 2004, he collaborated with James Fox although none of the work was released. In 2010, Clark began working on new songs for his own use and in July 2011, Clark released his first solo EP, "Solitary Soul", recorded both at his home studio, and at the Foundry Music Lab outside Glasgow. At this time Graeme also played his first solo show in Oran Mor, Glasgow along with shows at a number of UK cities later in the year. Graeme's first album, Mr Understanding, was released in February 2012 and another tour followed in April. [2]

In 2012, Clark performed in the Wilfred Owen musical, Bullets and Daffodils at the Jermyn Street Theatre.[3]

On 23 March 2018 Graeme returned to his home town of Clydebank to play a special event at Clydebank Town Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust in front of a sell out crowd where he was presented with a Lifetime Recognition Award from West Dunbartonshire Councils Provost.

He toured extensively in 2018 including a full U.K. tour playing with renowned violin/fiddle player Fiona Cuthill.

In 2019 he takes to the road with Wet Wet Wet, featuring new front man Kevin Simm and will continue to play solo throughout the year once again joined on stage by Fiona Cuthill.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dingwall, John (4 August 2018). "Wet Wet Wet star says band CAN go on after Marti Pellow quit for panto". The Scottish Sun. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Graeme Clark // Mr Understanding // Album // Out Now" Retrieved 18 August 2015
  3. ^ Wirral News (11 April 2012). "Wet Wet Wet bassist to make West End debut in Wirral musician's musical about war poet Wilfred Owen". Retrieved 23 July 2012.

External linksEdit