Thursday, 21 October 2021
Local DJ and TD9 Radio presenter Graham Ford has invited Jimi onto his show for an interview.
Jimi was delighted to hear from Graham and TD9 Radio.
"The original ballad is about one individual, little or 'wee' Jock Elliot" added Jimi. "I wanted to spread it out to include more of the old 'Reiving' surnames from both sides of the border. The nicknames of many of these characters, passed down to us through numerous contemporary written sources, are sometimes colourful and often droll.
"I grew up in Galashiels and there was
always a bit of rivalry between Gala and Hawick, a healthy good natured
rivalry perhaps. Nowadays I find Hawick quite fascinating.
"We have 15 tracks in total to finish. I've promised the boys no more videos until the album (or albums!!) complete. After that I will probably be out and about filming again. Great fun!"
Monday, 16 August 2021
Tuesday, 3 August 2021
Hope you're well and keeping busy.
Here's our latest musical and visual offering. Stunning score 'Forest of Life' penned by my co-writing partner Neil Warden. Download links included.
Video action is gleamed from spare footage of my summer 2020 escapades and those heady days when the speed limit in Borders towns and villages was still a massive 30 mph! lol.
Currently putting the finishing touches to my next musical piece and will be out and about filming the obligatory promotional vid this month. Maybe catch a few of you on my travels.
Best wishes and stay safe.
Sunday, 27 June 2021
Latest offering from the McRae/Walden writing partnership - a humourous and, in the end, poignant reflection on the legacy and influence of famous 19th Century author Sir Walter Scott in today's world.
Did Sir Walter really invent Scottish identity as we know it? Was Mark Twain correct to blame Scott for causing the American Civil War? Almost 200 years after his death is the ongoing, online battle between Nationalists and Unionists in Scotland ('Nats' and 'Yoons') part of Scott's legacy?
Look out for a cameo appearance from a 20-something 'Jimi the piper' in the lead up to the final battle scenes.
Thanks to everyone who helped make the video possible. Hope you enjoy!
Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Jimi's latest release from his ongoing project - A 'bluesy' number with full-on bagpiping finale about the destruction of the manufacturing/textile industry in his home town, Galashiels. Words were written by his late father Kenny McRae. Music by Jimi. Special thanks to guitarist pal Neil Warden for the groovy Pink Floydish 'runs' and drummer/producer David Little of Soundstation Recording Studios in Galashiels for the help bring it all together.
Jimi added: "Also a big shout out to members of Galashiels Ex Service Pipe Band and everybody else who helped in the making of this vid. Braw lads and lassies one and all. Thank you"
This is the sixth 'Youtube' release of new songs and arrangements being prepared for Jimi's latest album project which, in broad terms looks at the Borders where he grew up and also the history and ongoing legacy of the Border Reivers.
Working closely with Neil and David, Jimi is preparing 14 tracks in total. He plans to release one more promo music vid in the next month or so before focusing on finishing and releasing the album.
"Four or five tracks will feature bagpipes" said Jimi. "As well as my own compositions we are taking a look at some of the Border ballads which, of course, are word driven. The pipes are still present, but less is more if you like, this time round."
As well as writing and arranging songs, Jimi has been busy working during 'Lockdown'. His skills as a experienced and highly qualified forklift/telehandler plant operator have been in big demand among engineers involved in specialised and complex builds in North Berwick and Grangemouth.
Sunday, 31 January 2021
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Sunday, 24 January 2021
Jimi has made his first music video release of 2021 - a version of the trad & country classic 'Black Jack Davy'.
Black Jack Davy is a popular and much covered folk song which originated as a Scottish Border ballad in the 16th or 17th Century. It tells the story of a bored young lady who forsakes a life of comfort and luxury to run off with a handsome gypsy.
The song has been covered by many artists and bands including 'The Incredible String Band', 'Steeleye Span', Bob Dylan and more recently Jack White and 'The White Stripes'.
In this new interpretation Jimi brings the song back home to its, and his own, Border roots. Joining him in the arrangement are Neil Warden on guitars and David Little on drums. Video was filmed during January 2021 UK lockdown with social distancing protocols being observed at all times.
Jimi and Dave's scenes were filmed
in and around Galashiels. Neil's scenes were shot in his hometown,
Dunfermline. Track was recorded and mixed at Soundstation Studios, High
St Galashiels. Special thanks to Edinburgh based artist Helen Stephenson
for video illustrations. Hope you enjoy. Slainte!