Monday, 3 October 2016

NEW PROJECT!.. Celebrating the oldest and possibly greatest celtic bard.

Jimi has just completed another artistic collaboration with Edinburgh artist Eric Clark. Filmed at Dumbarton Castle on the River Clyde and Arthur Seat, Edinburgh, the video and soundtrack is a celebration of the oldest and possibly greatest celtic bard, Taliesin, who, research has shown almost certainly composed some of his best work in Scotland over 1500 years ago. 

Dumbarton rock ( Âl-Clud meaning rock of the Clyde) and Edinburgh ( Din Eidyn) were chosen because they were tribal capitals of the Old North (Yr Hen Ogledd) clearly mentioned by Taliesin in his poems/sagas.
For more info please refer to Eric's web-site  and Jimi's write up accompanying this video on You tube.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Jimi China Bound.

Jimi is heading back to Beijing early next year (2017) to entertain crowds at a massive, week long Chinese New Year festival.

Organisers were keen to book Jimi early this year after failing to secure his services for their 2016 event due to an unforeseen administrative problem.

This will be Jimi's third visit to Beijing as a performer at the city's New Year celebrations. He was first invited over with his old ceilidh band in 2005 and again in 2010 with African drummer Sam Okoo. In 2017 Jimi will be playing solo, using backing tracks, pipes and keyboards.

The festival in Chaoyang Park, Beijing runs from January 28 to February 3.

"I'm really looking forward to heading back to China" said Jimi.  "I always had a great time when I was there before. Really appreciative crowds, fantastic hospitality and culture. Nice people and good payers!

Jimi is quite happy to be travelling as a solo performer. He will be treating his latest visit to the Chinese capital as "a musical sabbatical"!

"I've been booked to perform four, half hour sets per day for a week, so they'll be working me quite hard but that's fine.  Plenty time to chill and zone on new ideas back at the hotel afterwards. The Chinese always put us up in the finest of hotels" 

Monday, 6 June 2016

Jimi heading for Dubai.

Jimi has been invited to perform in Dubai after a triumphant return to Amsterdam rugby sevens last weekend.

Organisers of the Dubai International seven a side rugby tournament were keen to secure his services after being impressed by Jimi's performances at the famous Dutch tournament. They have invited him over to the Persian Gulf for a full week of gigs this Autumn.

Jimi will be back in Holland piping an an historic Scotland v England rugby game before then. More details posted here soon.

Thanks to Ken Wright for the pics from Amsterdam Sevens 2016.


Saturday, 23 April 2016

New stuff....

New track and video. Jimi recites a few verses from 'the oldest Scottish poem' Y Gododdin in the language it was written in 'Old Welsh'.
This project was a collaboration between Jimi and artist friend Eric Clark and was filmed in the Pentland hills and Roslin Glen, Midlothian. For more information on the Gododdin check out the accompanying text on You Tube.  Iechyd da!

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

2016, the story so far...... 

Rome with the Scottish rugby team and headlining with the Quireboys, Thirteen Stars, Bonafide, and Hardcore Superstar at the ABC 02 concert arena in Glasgow.  More big news on the way. Watch this space. Thanks to Jennifer Stewart for the photos from Quireboys gig. Slainte Mhor!


Friday, 6 November 2015

Battle of Sheriffmuir 300th anniversary

Jimi has been asked to pipe at a special remembrance ceremony commemorating the 300th anniversary of the Battle of Sheriffmuir near Stirling.

Members of his own clan fought and died to a man after taking up arms for the House of Stuart (Jacobites). 

Jimi will be piping from 2pm on Friday November 13 - exactly 300 days from the start of the battle - at the clan Macrae monument, Sheriffmuir. He will then lead a procession to the 'gatherin' stane' on the old battle site.

Earlier this year Jimi released the following music video in honour of all those who died at Sheriffmuir, particularly his ancestors from clan Macrae

Join Jimi as he journeys from the old Sheriffmuir battlefield over mountains and passes to the ancient Macrae heartland of Kintail. "I wanted to do it for the ancestors" said Jimi. "For all the guys who never made it back".

Music is an arrangement of Spaidsearachd Mhic Rath (The MacRaes' March) which dates from 1491. Words are an arrangement of Theid Mi Dhachaid 'Chro Chinn T-Saille. (I will return to the cattle fold of Kintail) An English translation is included in the video notes.

Song is available to download at all good on-line music stores. (link to I Tunes included at bottom of the video)