Monday, 4 December 2017

New music EP! Available to listen to free or download. Only £3 a pop. Just in time for Christmas. Perhaps you know someone who might appreciate it as a pressie? Slainte Mhor!

                                        https://jimithepipermcrae.bandcamp.com/album/monster-mix-ep

 

                                                                                        Monster Mix!

                                              https://jimithepipermcrae.bandcamp.com/album/monster-mix-ep

Friday, 13 October 2017

Jimi returns from China in triumph again!

Jimi has returned from his latest piping trip to China in triumph after wooing huge crowds at a week long festival in Kunming city, Yannan province.
Jimi was performing at the city's week long, mid autumn 'Moon' festival, traditionally a time of celebrating harvest and thanksgiving across China and SE Asia.
This was Jimi's second visit to China this year having performed at a week long Spring festival celebrating Chinese New Year in Beijing last February.
Yannan is a SW province of China where many indigenous tribes still live in their traditional ways. Kunming is close to the borders of Tibet, Vietnam, Laos and Burma. It is known as 'the city of eternal spring' because of its pleasant fine weather.
I had an amazing time, met many wonderful people and made friends for life" said Jimi. "Yunnan province is in China's deep south and locals certainly loved the sound of my bagpipes. Perhaps the sound reminded them of their own traditional instrument, the Hulusi Cucurbit flute which is made from bamboo. I enjoyed the sound of the Hulusi and definitely felt a connection with the local tribes people, many of whom came along to watch my performances every day in stunnning traditional dress.. Have returned home with a Hulusi flute and shall endeavour to master it over the winter months. Good fun and an interesting project I think"
This was Jimi's fourth visit to China with his bagpipes and his second as a solo artist using backing tracks to perform 'electric' live sets on stage. He hopes to return again soon.
"There is definitely something really good happening music wise for me in China" added Jimi. "I find the place absolutely fascinating and love the people. I've even started speaking Mandarin".
Jimi has struck up strong friendships with several traditional Chinese musicians and they plan to work together on a forthcoming recording project.
A short video featuring Jimi performing live in Daguan park, Kunming under a full 'harvest' moon, can be viewed below this post.
























NEW LIVE VIDEO!! Jimi rocks China's 'Deep South'


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Jimi China bound again!

 

Jimi is returning to China for more shows this October.

He has been booked to perform at a week long festival in the city of Kunming, capital of Yunnan province which is China's big internal tourist destination and in the deep south on the border with Laos.

This will be Jimi's second visit to China this year having performed at a week long festival celebrating Chinese New Year in Beijing last January/early February.

All told it will be his fourth piping trip to China and his first ever performances outside the capital (Beijing). He will be performing solo using backing tracks for stage performances.

Jimi is delighted to be returning to China so soon after his last visit."It's another big park gig but the weather will be very different to the winter conditions I have been used to in Beijing" he said. "Kunming is known as the City of Eternal Spring because it's in a sub-tropical region but on a high plateau. I will be leaving my winter woolies at home this time!"

The festival runs from 1st to 7th October and Jimi will be flying out on September 28. 

"I will be there for 10 days in total with time for a couple of days of sightseeing" added Jimi. "Chinese organisers are covering all my travel and accommodation costs and paying a very good fee. As a performer it doesn't come any better".

Frank Wilson,  European booking agent for the festival, said organisers had requested six acts and " quite specifically asked for Jimi"


Sunday, 23 April 2017

Jimi Rocks Glasgow with The Quireboys

Jimi joined old friends The Quireboys on stage for the Glasgow show of the band's UK tour on Friday night.

This is the fourth time Jimi has performed live with The Quireboys, one of the UK's most enduring and popular rock outfits. Friday night's gig in a packed 'Classic Grand' venue in Jamaica St was probably their best performance together yet.

Lead singer Spike and Jimi have been good pals since Jimi recorded pipes for Spike's solo album a few years back. One of the tracks, a version of Frankie Miller's famous song 'A Bottle of Whisky' also featured the Scottish rugby team on backing vocals and was released as a charity single.

Jimi introduced the band on Friday night and then joined them on stage for an electrifying version of 'Amazing Grace'.

"It's one of Spike and guitarist Paul Guerin's favourites" said Jimi. "They asked if I knew it and I said 'oh aye, I think so'!"

The Quireboys are currently touring the UK promoting their latest album 'Twisted Love'. Jimi will be heading back to the studio with Spike to record pipes for another solo project featuring more songs written by Glasgow legend Frankie Miller. Watch this site for more details.

Special thanks to Jennifer Stewart and Davy Ratcliffe for the pics of Jimi on stage.

 


























Thursday, 16 March 2017

Across the Loch from Eilean Donan Castle lies Casteal Grugaig ('Castle of the Witch')

 New vid from Scottish Highlands. A visit to 'Castle of the Witch' near Eilean Donan Castle.  Hope you enjoy. Slainte Mhor!