Marouli, led by successful musician and composer Graham McCusker, will release their debut album Tall Tales from a Distant Uncle on Friday 28th October. The record, which has beautiful stories woven throughout, pays homage to Billy Connolly’s storytelling tradition and was created after Graham beat leukaemia.
Graham McCusker said: “I wanted each song to be a ‘tall tale’, as Billy Connolly would say, so a little miniature moment of time and tale being told in each song.”
Marouli was formed by composer, music director and session musician Graham McCusker (vocals and keys) and is also made up of Alex Hill (keys), Josh Poole (saxophone), Nick Waldock (bass) and Matt Brown (drums). The band’s sound is inspired by jazz and pop artists like Steely Dan and Gregory Porter, as well as those from Graham’s classical roots, like J.S. Bach.
Graham and keyboard player Alex Hill met when they were students in 2018 and with the addition of three college friends, the lineup was complete and Marouli was born. The lead vocalist had been sitting on a catalogue of self-penned songs for quite some time, and with the help of the new band, the tracks morphed into what is now Tall Tales from a Distant Uncle.