Graham Hopkins ARTIST

Graham is appearing in association with Zildjian, Vic Firth and Aquarian.

Zildjian
Vic Firth
Aquarian Drum Heads

Biography

Known as one of the most influential Irish drummers of his generation, Graham Hopkins was raised to the sounds of Dixieland jazz and has been playing drums since his early childhood. His father Des Hopkins is a respected jazz drummer.

Graham left school to join Irish rock band My Little Funhouse in 1993. After releasing their debut album the band toured heavily supporting such bands as Guns N’ Roses and The Ramones amongst others. Graham then lived in LA for 2 years and recorded a second album for Geffen before the band imploding.

He was then invited to join popular Northern Irish punk-rock band Therapy? in 1996. Graham recorded 3 albums and released a greatest hits album, and toured non-stop while in the band. Therapy? sold over 2 million albums worldwide.

Feeling uninspired by the musical direction of Therapy?, Graham left the band in January 2002 and was immediately asked to tour with Irish singer/songwriter Gemma Hayes. After touring with Gemma Hayes for over a year – supporting her Mercury Music Prize album Night On My Side – Graham went on to record two albums with his own band Halite. He played all the instruments with Halite and fronted the band live.  Halite played lots of shows over the following two years including opening Slane Castle with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters.

Graham plays clinics and in 2003 organised the biggest clinic / workshop / drum spectacular that has ever taken place in Ireland, if not the world!
Over 1500 people turned up to see Graham play alongside Chad Smith, Taylor Hawkins, Joey Castillo, Mark Richardson and a host of other drummers. All money raised went to charity.

Graham played on the soundtrack to the popular Oscar winning musical ‘Once’. He drummed on several of the songs with Glen Hansard of The Frames and Marketa Irglova. The Swell Season which features Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova and members of The Frames toured since 2008 headlining all over the globe from Sydney Opera House, and Hollywood Bowl to the Royal Albert Hall.

In recent years, he has been touring globally with Glen Hansard on his three very successful solo albums.

He has played drums recently on albums with artists such as Rosanne Cash, Tom Jones and many more.

Kit

C & C Custom Drums

Zildjian

Aquarian Drum Heads

Vic Firth

DW Drums

Tackle

SKB Cases

Graham Hopkins KIT