Thursday, 21 October 2021

Wha Daur Meddle?

 

Jimi's latest music video is causing quite a stir in the town it was filmed in - Hawick in the Scottish Borders.

 

Local DJ and TD9 Radio presenter Graham Ford has invited Jimi onto his show for an interview.

 

Jimi met Graham's fellow TD9 presenter Simon Watson while filming scenes in Hawick recently. Both have since contacted Jimi to say how much they enjoyed the track and video.

 

"I watched and listened to it after Simon gave me the heids up" said Graham. "I really, really liked it and would love Jimi to be a guest on my show. It would be great to have a chat and play the track. Hopefully we can schedule an interview soon."

 

Jimi was delighted to hear from Graham and TD9 Radio.

"It's always great to get positive feedback" said Jimi. "The video is quite funny in places but I always try to be respectful. I like Hawick and the people living there. Graham and Simon at TD9 radio seem to have picked up on this."

 

Jimi chose Hawick as the setting for his take on the ancient Border Ballad - 'Wha Daur Meddle', in which the swagger and bravado of a notorious, unrepentant 16th Century outlaw Border Reiver is updated to the 21st Century.

 

"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.

 

"There's a gallows humour at play which really brings these individuals to life. As someone who grew up in the Borders and knows the banter well, it's very funny. It makes them seem like real people."

 

Jimi's diary is bursting with work and musical committments for the remainder of 2021 but he hopes to fix a date with Graham at TD9 Radio soon. 

"Graham said he is happy to do interviews via the phone but it would be good to be in the studio in person" added Jimi.

 

"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.

 

"As a youngster I never appreciated just how old Hawick actually was. Gala was a relatively modern town born out of the industrial revolution, yet Hawick was standing during the days of the Border Reivers and beyond. It's history stretches way, way back; to a time before England and Scotland existed. A time out of mind."

 

Jimi, writing partner Neil Warden and Gala based producer David Little of Soundstation recording studios will be busy over the winter months completing Jimi's latest music project which was inspired by the Borders region where Jimi grew up.

 

"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!"

 

For more updates on Jimi's new project please keep following www.jimithepiper.co.uk

 

Slainte!



 


 

Monday, 16 August 2021

Jimi's 'YouTube' channel

 https://www.youtube.com/user/ForkyJim

Please visit and subscribe for regular updates regarding ongoing music projects.

Slainte!

Tuesday, 3 August 2021

New 'road' movie and music score.

 

Alright friends.

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.

 

Jimi




Sunday, 27 June 2021

New song and music video - 'The Walter Scott Blues'

 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

New Song and Music Video.

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

New look for Jimi's Youtube Channel.

 Check out Jimi's Youtube channel for up to date playlists and info about what's been happening music and film wise. If you enjoy please subscribe. Thank you. Slainte!

 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM1fVmn2YcjImnc8jmRuwIg

Sunday, 24 January 2021

First Release of 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!