Rag ’n’ Bone Man: ‘If you don’t like the way I look, that’s your problem’

'Everybody’s got problems': Rory Graham, aka Rag 'n' Bone Man
'Everybody’s got problems': Rory Graham, aka Rag 'n' Bone Man

Better known as Rag ’n’ Bone Man, Rory Graham has the body of a Viking and the voice of an angel. Neil McCormick hears how he went from care worker to crooner

Rory Graham is going to be huge. Then again, the 31-year-old singer-songwriter – 6ft 5in tall, heavily tattooed and built like a Viking – wasn’t exactly small to begin with. “People make comments, say things about me that aren’t very nice,” he shrugs. “I’m no Justin Bieber. But if you don’t like the way I look, that’s your problem, not mine.”

Under the name Rag ’n’ Bone Man, Graham writes songs that draw on blues, soul, gospel, folk and hip hop, and sings them as if his life depended on it. “There’s a reason why you write a song, it doesn’t come from nowhere,” he says. “You have a feeling and you think I’ve got to get this out of me. And if it’s emotional, you want to be able to sing that song and look somebody in the eye and know they...


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