Jimi has been invited to return to China to play music from his latest album 'Last King of Pictland'.
Organisers of the annual Chinese new Year festival in Beijing are keen for Jimi to take part in next year's event which usually takes place sometime around the end of January/beginning of February and lasts a full week.
If Jimi agrees, he will be making his third visit to the Chinese capital in ten years. First in 2006 with an 'alternative' ceilidth band and then again in 2010 with African drummer Sam Okoo. This time Jimi will be accompanied by at least two other Scottish musicians to perform music from 'Last King of Pictland'
Chinese organisers are understood to be particularly impressed with Jimi's 'audio visual' music videos on You Tube and Vimeo, particularly his latest offering 'Pig Man Goes to Whisky Town' (see posts below) Jimi plans to incorporate some of theses scenes and theatrics into his live set. He will also be reciting ancient celtic poetry - In Gaelic and Welsh!
A final decision is expected sometime in the next few weeks, assuming terms and conditions are met.
Here's a flyer Jimi has had prepared following a request from Beijing..
'Last King of Pictland' is available to buy through most good music retailers and on line stores. The album, Jimi's sixth, has just been repressed following strong UK and European sales.
Jimi has been asked to contribute pipe music to a very special 'Hope
Over Fear' compilation album due for release this summer. This follows
acclaimed performances at huge pro-Scottish independence rallies held in
George Square, Glasgow attended by thousands. Other artists to be
featured include top Scottish folk/protest singers Gerry Cinnamon and
Kevin Gore plus a variety of exciting, young working class acts . Hope
Over Fear organiser Trish Byrne said album sales would help meet the
costs of staging more rallies around Scotland. "We hope to raise
awareness of our campaign for an Independent Scotland and also showcase
the musical talent we have here" she added. "Hope Over Fear merchandise
is sold online. We get orders from all over the world which is fantastic
so hopefully our cd will reach those places too". Jimi is happy to be
support such a worthy cause and will be contributing several tracks
including the one below. He will also be performing at the next Hope Over Fear rally in Glasgow on September 19.. Alba Gu Brath!
Jimi has released a new song/music video to mark the international gathering of Clan MacRae in Scotland in July and the 300th anniversary of the battle of Sheriffmuir this November.
Theid Mi Dhachaid (I will go home) sees Jimi combine Gaelic song/poetry with ancient Highland Pibroch (pipe music) in a unique tribute to his clan.
Follow Jimi as he journeys from the old Sheriffmuir battlefield (where over 50 MacRaes died almost to a man, fighting for the House of Stuart) over mountains and passes to the ancient clan Macrae heartland of Kintail.
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.
The song is available to download at all good on-line music stores. A link to I Tunes is included at the bottom of the video.
Jimi's music is in demand. He has been asked to repress his last three albums following strong sales through UK and international distributors Highlander Music and Book Source. He is looking forward to a busy summer of piping engagements and ambassadorial duties for clan MacRae. Jimi also has plans to release two more music videos showcasing tracks from his most recent album release 'Last King of Pictland'.
First act on stage introduced by Tommy Sheridan. Jimi performs before thousands at launch of Hope Over Fear's 'Seize the Day' rally in Freedom Square (formerly known as George Square), Glasgow, Saturday April 25, 2015.
Jimi has recorded a new single to coincide with the release of his latest music video.
His version of 'Old Welsh' celtic love song 'Ar lan Y Mor' (Down by the Sea) is available to download at all good on-line music stores now.
Jimi recites words to the song in Welsh. Music is 'Wee Spree' from his latest album 'Last King of Pictland'. Didgeridoo is supplied by Crispin Caunter. Natural sounds of the sea, recorded by Jimi, are also featured throughout.
The video was filmed at stunning coastal locations in east and west Scotland, including St Abb's Head, East Lothian and the Isle of Skye.
Jimi was encouraged by friends to release 'Ar Lan Y Mor' as a single after early screenings of the video.
He said: "I had a lot of fun and also
learned a fair bit in the making of this project. It certainly kept me busy during
"Really enjoyed learning some Welsh. It is a beautiful language, the oldest by far in mainland Britain. It was still spoken widely in Scotland during William Wallace's time.
"Wallace himself may even have spoken Welsh. His name means Welshman or Welsh speaker in old English.
"In Gaelic he is known as Uilleam Breatnach – namely William the Briton or Welshman.
"He was born and raised in Renfrew, once part of the ancient Brithonic, Old Welsh speaking kingdom of Strathclyde which maintained its independence from Gaels, Angles, Saxons, Vikings and Picts until the century before his birth".
Video for 'Ar Lan Y Mor' can be viewed below. More music/film projects by Jimi are lined up for 2015, work commitments permitting.