Jack Beck shows
Jack Beck is a Fifer who immigrated to the USA in 2004. He is well known throughout the Scottish Folk Scene for his singing and knowledge of Scots Ballads and Songs.
He was one of the founders of the famous Dunfermline Howf Folk Club in 1961 and as a performer was in a duo with Barbara Dickson from 1964-67 as well as part of the musical circle that included Archie Fisher, John Watt, Rabb Noakes, Jimmy Hutchison, The MacCalmans, The Corries and The Incredible String Band.
In 1976 he founded the acclaimed band Heritage, frequently touring Europe, broadcasting on radio and TV and playng most of the clubs and festivals in Scotland. He became a frequent visitor to the US from 1989, performing in Maine and East Tennessee as well as lecturing on the Appalachian Studies program of the East Tennessee State University. His radio show on Heartland FM in Pitlochry was syndicated to WETS FM from the Campus of ETSU in Johnson City. Since moving to the States he now broadcasts from there.
Jack is an honorary Life Member of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland and an external examiner in Scots Song for The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
He and his wife, Wendy Welch, also run The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap In the small town of Big Stone Gap Virginia.