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Graham Clark (Visiting in 2018)


Graham Clark organizes the Fiddle Hell gatherings in Buxton, UK. He was at Dale Hopkins' very first Fiddle Hell in Missouri, and his conversations with Dale led to the Buxton event. We can call Graham a "Fiddle Hell Ambassador," and it's great that he can visit us in Westford to chat about these other Fiddle Hells and soak up the FH US vibe! In the UK, Graham teaches jazz violin, including bowing, left-hand technique, repertoire and improvisation. He's written some excellent articles on violin jazz and beyond.

Graham has been working as a violinist in jazz and rock since 1982. He started playing in Bristol, working with such luminaries as Andy Sheppard, Tim Richards and Mike Britton. Moving to London in '85, he played with Dick Crouch's Paz, Phil Lee, Brian Godding, and Keith Tippett. He met Daevid Allen in '88, and began a long musical partnership with him that included the rebirth of the band Gong. Returning to the North West in '96 saw Graham playing in Toolshed with old pal Graham Massey, and developing plenty of new musical friendships across genres as he played with Elbow, Lamb, Katie Ware, Bryan Glancy, and Salsa Pa'Gozar. Recently, Graham has been working with Martin Archer, the majordomo of Sheffield-based label Discus, and also plays guitar with a rock/fusion trio called "The Gnosmos".

Graham plays jazz standards such as "Body and Soul." He plays medium swingers such as "All the Things You Are," more "up" tunes, post-bop classics, blues, Latin tunes, jazz originals and rare tunes, and Charlie Parker material.