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Grant Sharkey is best known as the front man, one of the bass players and singer for the alternative band Toupé (www.toupe.co.uk), who have been bringing their bizarre mix of everything from satire, humour, philosophy and technical musicianship to audiences across the UK, Europe and USA whilst also breaking all the boundaries of music by never claiming to have a genre.
With a live show that has enthralled new and old fans for the last seven years, as they've learnt the skill to improvise and tailor each show to individual audiences. Playing from 25 people in little sweat box punk clubs to 25,000 at festivals - Toupé have always made a connection with the crowd and had them dancing and laughing where appropriate. With the release of two national albums (Alopecia in 2003 and Burgers, 2005) and a special 'Best of' album in the USA (A Mixture and a Solution, 2006) the band have gained a strange cult following that is growing everyday without the backing of big money record companies but instead with the use of hard work, great fan relationships and
In 2006, the band had a break and Grant caught up with trying out some of the many other things on his 'to do' list. He finished writing three novels that were in the works. Self published his novella Hands; wrote an hour long stage play, Crust, concerning the essence of the universe and Tom Cruise's role in saving it (none) and embarked on his stand up career - which was a long time coming.
With so many appearances with the band, compering festivals and events and generally never being afraid to help out on stage, Grant has become a natural, relaxed and personable presence; always able to talk to an audience about anything. In the past he has played on live television and done a little presenting on Channel Five all adding up to a guy who knows how to speak under pressure and bring the audience to his side of the fence. In addition to this, his quick wit, skewed outlook on life and his ability to improvise with an audience and still remain entertaining has resulted in the intelligent, thought provoking comedian he is today.
2007 will see GS finding professional publishers for his novels; writing and recording a new album with Toupé; touring with the band and with the comedy; recording for a comedy DVD/Album; touring his piano show with Roxanne Johns across the UK to raise awareness for Mind The Health Care Charity; writing a sitcom with Ahmed I Shihab; and being closely involved with the production of Crust in St Albans and possibly Edinburgh Festival.