Recently I've been singing and playing with storyteller and singer Antonia Vanderwijk. I'm having a blast learning Dutch favorites and working in more of a variety show sort of format!
I had a lot of fun as the singing delivery man for Gheestige Willem vegetarian, organic caterers. Below is an article about it in our local newspaper.
The Singing Delivery Man
Anderhalve meter sessies voor outdoor culi’s
Laten we een feestje maken van je picknick, dachten cateraar GheestigeWillem en multitalent Guy Gorman. Geïnspireerd door hun eigen Noordereilandparkje komen ze met een heerlijk ’s zomers concept. Dat gaat als volgt:
je kiest zelf je locatie in Rotterdam, GheestigeWillem bereidt je picknick, bezorger Guy fietst deze naar de plek van bestemming en zingt je vervolgens toe onder begeleiding van zijn gitaar.
De picknick bevat allerlei heerlijkheden zoals hartige taartjes, salades, tapas, brood & dipjes en een toetje, per persoon verpakt, inclusief bordje en bestek.
De muzikale sessie bestaat uit een aantal gezellige picknicknummers en desgewenst een verjaardagsliedje of meezinger.
GheestigeWillem maakt al jaren furore als vegetarische & biologische cateraar. Guy Gorman, singer-songwriter uit Richmond USA, kwam voor de liefde naar Rotterdam. Hij spreekt al zeer verdienstelijk Nederlands en kan zelfs in bijna begrijpelijk Nederlands zingen. Zijn repertoire bevindt zich ergens tussen rock, folk en rockabilly.
De prijs voor de picknick is €20,00 per persoon inclusief bezorging (min. 4 personen) en voor het optreden €50,00, ongeacht het aantal deelnemers.
Meer weten: check en www.guygorman.com.
The Lekker Dings
Marcel Van Harten: rockin' rockabilly lead guitar, vocals
Paul Smit: mandolin, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, vocals
Ed Molenbeek: cajon, percussion
Guy G. Gorman: acoustic guitar, vocals
Alas, the Dings are no more though rumors of a "one-off" reunion have been circulating.
We jammed for a few months in Gouda, South Holland even though I live in Rotterdam, Paul and I go WAY back to the heyday of MySpace! Paul and Marcel met through Marktplaats.nl. (Such a 21st century band!!!) We shared a love of the Beatles and classic rock n roll and rockabilly.
Paul left to focus on recording an album of original materials including an all-star cast, including at least one Ding.
Guy, Marcel, and Ed are continued performing as Guy G. Gorman & The G-Men.
Guy G. Gorman & His Spuddy Buddies
Mid 1990s: I was pulling onto Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia and turned on Page Wilson's "Out O' the Blue Radio Revue" on WCVE. I was really enjoying an unfamiliar Roy Orbison song but thought to myself, "How can I not know this song; I'm pretty familiar with Roy's catalog." It turned out to be The Burnt Taters, Craig Evans, Brad Tucker, and George Garrett. I was hooked! These guys were mining the same lode of inspiration that I was!
I've followed the Taters, their changing name and line ups through the years gotten to know Brad and Craig, attended numerous shows, even gotten up on stage with them a couple of times. They've brought me a lot of happiness.
As I thought about a musical way to celebrate my departure for Holland, the Taters immediately came to mind. The glad result was two songs, "I Gotta Lotta Love" and "I Whooped Sin Upside the Head" recorded with Bill McElroy at Slipped Disc Studios in Ashland.
I cherish the memory of our recording sessions together.
You can listen to the results on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, CD Baby and just about every other digital musical outlet.
Guy G. Gorman & The G-Men
I loosened up and started to use my name. It was much easier to find my music online that way. Some recordings under this moniker are all me. Others have included Jim Wark, Brian Sulzer, and George Garrett. Music by GGG & The G-Men can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, CD Baby and just about every other digital musical outlet. A revolving cast of G-Men including Ed Milstream, Mandy Melgert, Paul Smit, and Jimmy Moget perform with me here in the Netherlands.
I'd been writing songs for decades and wanted to do more than file the results away in a folder and on cassette. I wasn't super interested in performing back in the '90s, but I loved the idea of fitting the puzzle pieces of guitar, drums, bass, harmonica, vocals together. I recorded my songs on a Tascam cassette 4-track, Then a Boss 8-track. As a teacher I hesitated to use my name openly because I thought it could be distracting. Friends called me G-Man, so I decided to create the fiction of an actual band, The G-Men, with me playing all the parts. (Exception: Jimmy Catlett rocked out on guitar, bass, and background vocals on "New and Improved"!) The albums, "Love Love Love!," "New and Improved" and "G2" can be found on Spotify and every other notable digital musical outlet. Music From "Justice G-Men" and "Vintage G-Men" can be found at my Bandcamp site: https://thegmen.bandcamp.com/
The Stallones/Plate of Shrimp
My first band. We started out as "Plate of Shrimp," a reference to the cult movie, Repo Man. Nobody got the reference. Our name was misspelled in ads. We also were looking for something a little more dynamic and macho. "The Stallones" fit the bill. We were clear, though, that we had named ourselves after Frank and not Sylvester. [Yeah, nobody got that one either. :-) ]
We played around the Washington, DC area in the late 80s and early 90's at clubs such as the Grog and Tankard, D.C. Space, The Safari Club, Back Alley Cafe, and the Fort Reno Park Concert Series. The core group consisted of Ed Schuster on drums, guitar, and vocals; Dana Cann on guitar and vocals, and me on guitar, vocals, and drums. Rob Bayne, Jeff Cross, Louis Harris, and Joe Marencic played bass. Joe and Rob often sang too. We were heavily influenced by punk and New Wave. Favorite bands at the time included The Replacements, The Ramones, The Undertones, Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers, The Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Minor Threat and more. (Yeah, kind of eclectic.)
Ed went on to play in a Black Sabbath tribute band, Iron Man. He has also been active in church music in the Richmond, VA area and more recently in Phoenix, AZ. Dana became a short-story writer and published novelist. Check out his first novel, The Ghosts of Bergen County HERE . Rob is out in the Bay Area doing solo work and playing with The Rob Bayne Band. Joe has played with The Atomic Mosquitos, a neo Surf band.