b. 19 September 1950, Romford, Essex, England. Beeching came from a musical background. Her grandmother had been a member of the children’s theatre, Casey’s Court, with Charlie Chaplin. After attending dance classes as a child and learning to play guitar, Beeching began singing in folk clubs, often performing songs by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. She obtained her first paid gig in 1966, as part of a traditional duo called the Lorelei, with Christina Williamson. A spell of solo work followed until 1968, when she joined forces with traditional singer Dave Cooper, and played dates throughout England. By 1971, Beeching had started writing songs, and went solo once more, until teaming up with Tony Cliff (piano, guitar), after which she added jazz and blues to her repertoire, as well as learning to play the banjo. At this time she was also busking and teaching folk guitar in secondary schools. A Right Song And Dance, her first release, coincided with Beeching taking the plunge into a full-time musical career. In 1984, Beeching teamed up with former Zumzeaux member Chris Haigh (b. 17 August 1957, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England; fiddle), and formed the Hotline. The two toured worldwide in 1985, playing dates in Hong Kong, Australia, and the USA. Hotline From London was recorded and released in Yugoslavia. Since then, Beeching has worked on a thesis entitled ‘Buskers: Good For Nothing Or Good For Business’, on the use of buskers in shopping malls as a tourist attraction.
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