Saturday, 4 July 2020

Border Reivers.

On the trail of the notorious Border Reivers. A ride through what was once ''the bloodiest valley in Britain'', Scottish/England frontier, July 2nd, 2020. Film - Jimi McRae, Music - Neil Warden. Motorcycle - Suzuki Bandit GSF 1200 SK5.

Enjoy!

 

Thursday, 25 June 2020

GLAD I'M NOT YOU!

Latest music vid. Can you take a Scottish 'slagging'? 


Monday, 9 March 2020

No Frae Round Here!

New song and video. 'No Frae Round Here'. First release from the new McRae/Neil Warden writing partnership. Nae bagpipes, just loads of attitude in the small town frae hell!
Jimi McRae all words and vocals, Neil Warden all guitars and music. David Little on drums and production.
Slainte and hope you enjoy.
More information available below.
Peace!


Friday, 21 February 2020

Soundtrack for new TV drama series nearing completion.

Jimi is hard at work in the studio polishing off an album's worth of music for a proposed new TV drama series.
The action packed drama - set in the turbulent period before and after the Union of the Crowns between England and Scotland in 1603 - has been conceived and co-written by acclaimed and rising Scottish director Justin Molotnikov whose recent successes includes 'Poldark', 'Dr Who', 'Merlin' and hit Christmas chiller 'The Small Hand' shown on Channel 5, Boxing Day just past.
For more info on Justin click here: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1098790/
Justin and Jimi first met at primary school in Galashiels in the 1970s. More recently their paths crossed repeatedly in Edinburgh creative circles and also in supermarkets on the city's southside where they both live.
"There came a point where every time I popped into ASDA or Sainsburys I'd bump into Justin and his brood" joked Jimi. "It's always nice to meet a friendly face from the past especially one as interesting and positive as Justin."
The pair shared an interest in hiking so began to meet up for hill walks when family and work commitments allowed. Ideas were bounced around.
"Justin was working on a script for a new drama set in Northern England and the Scottish Borders around the time James V1 of Scotland became James 1 of Britain" said Jimi. "He said he couldn't find any music for a possible soundtrack. He had this idea of an Anglo/Scottish cowboy style Western and none of the material put forward apparently came up to the mark."
He asked his old schoolfriend from Gala (Jimi) if he had any ideas.
"Justin was looking for something a bit different" continued Jimi. "Initially I was like, 'Wow! I cannae do that' but it sounded like fun so I decided to give it a go. I've built up a decent wee home recording studio in recent years and have also been working hard at improving my piano/keyboard skills. Time for a fresh challenge".
Jimi made some demos which Justin loved. Jimi then called up another old friend, Edinburgh and Fife guitar maestro Neil Warden, and the music really began to flow. To date they have written and arranged 10 songs together with another on the way.
"I first worked with Neil 20 years ago, recording tracks for my second solo album 'Earthdance'" said Jimi. "Prior to that I used to see him perform regularly with the late, great Tam White. I always enjoyed Neil's style and sound.
"After working together we kept in touch. In recent years Neil has been making a lot of great music with slide guitar. I phoned up, popped round to let him hear the demos and he said 'ok let's do this'".
For more info on Neil: https://neilwarden.wixsite.com/guitarist
Jimi also enlisted fellow Gala man, ace drummer and "proper old school studio dude" David Little - known as 'Dottle' to many - to help with the project.
"I enjoyed recording my last three albums at Dottle's studio in Galashiels" said Jimi. "Always an advantage to have a good drummer on board, especially when they own some great mics and know their way around a mixing desk and studio!"
For more info on Dottle and his studio click here: http://www.soundstation.co.uk/
Unusually for Jimi, very little bagpipe feature.
"We have three tracks with pipes" he added. "I'm playing other instruments and reciting lots of poetry. This time round the pipes are being used judiciously and sparingly. Less is more if you like. After 20 years and five albums with pipes taking centre stage why not?"
Jimi plans to begin releasing new songs on You Tube in the next few months, but as yet no date has been set for an official album release.
"Does anyone still do album releases?" smiled Jimi. "I'm an old timer in the sense that I still think about making albums but fewer and fewer people are buying them, vinyl or cds. CDs were a cash generator for performers when I first started out. Not so much now. Even Neil initially thought I might be better releasing a 'radio friendly' EP."
A year or so on however, "an album's worth" of material is now in the final stages of mixing.
"Perhaps Justin will secure a sponsor and financial backing for his script, perhaps not" said Jimi. "Perhaps a potential backer will love the music as much as Justin does, perhaps not.
"At the very, very least I will soon have almost a dozen new songs to start making quirky new home made videos for You Tube, with historic and contemporary angles which I find interesting. Should keep me busy for a wee while".
Watching this page for more news and info on releases as they happen.

Stand and deliver!

Neil laying down some killer bass.

Dottle at work.

Looks like he's singing! Promise I'm no.

Justin taking a break in the Pentland hills during a recent foray. Have a banana bud!

















Friday, 15 March 2019

Jimi performs with KT Tunstall

Jimi joined Scottish superstar KT Tunstall and her all girl band on stage at the start of her new European tour last Thursday night.

KT, perhaps the most famous Fifer alive right now, was kicking off her 2019 tour with a 'home' gig at Alhambre Theatre in Dunfermline with her all girl band, and Jimi was invited to join them on stage for the encore.  

"I've enjoyed Katie's music since her early days with Fife's legendary Fence music collective, before her big break on Jools Holland's TV music show" said Jimi. "I remember her performing in 'Bean Scene' cafes in Edinburgh as an unknown singer/songwriter years ago.

"It was great joining her on stage. Katie is really cool. Good luck with the rest of the tour".

Jimi is busy writing songs and music himself for a new TV drama series after being asked to contribute ideas by the writer and director. He is also looking forward to piping at the 2019 Clan Macrae International Gathering taking place in the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland this May.


Thursday, 29 November 2018

Jimi asked to soundtrack new TV drama series.

Jimi has been approached about scoring a new TV drama series set in the turbulent years prior to the Act of Union between Scotland and England in 1707.

The writer and director, both well known and successful names in the entertainment business, are fans of Jimi's music and were keen to  have him on board.

"They wanted something a bit different which is probably why they approached me" said Jimi. "Initially I was like 'Wow, I cannae dae that' but after thinking about it for a while, decided to give it a go. I've always been interested in history so a potentially lucrative opportunity to combine this with my love of music cannot be allowed to slip by."

Jimi has already composed two new songs for the project based on historical records and ballads from the era. Pipes will be featuring on some but not all of the planned tracks.

"In recent years I've been attempting to expand my music making repertoire beyond the range of just bagpipes by utilising other instruments and trying to improve my piano, songwriting and recording skills" added Jimi.  "This project has come around just at the right time. A new challenge. Bring it on".

Jimi says he has been sworn to secrecy regarding precise details on the new TV series "until everything has been tied up and confirmed"

More information will be released in the New Year.