Monday, 22 June 2015

Jimi piping on 'Hope Over Fear' album

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!

 

 

 

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

New release .... Theid Mi Dhachaid (I will go home)

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'.

 

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Jimi live on stage at 'Hope Over Fear' rally, Glasgow. 25/04/15

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.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

NEW SINGLE RELEASE...

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 January/February.

"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.



Wednesday, 14 January 2015

2015 - A busy year for Jimi the Piper

Happy New Year! 2015 is shaping up to be a busy and exciting year for Jimi.

 More high profile recording sessions are in the offing. A number of well known artists are keen to involve Jimi in different music projects.

 Confirmed gigs so far include a trip to PARIS in February, AMSTERDAM in May and a short tour of the south coast of England with several festival appearances. Closer to home, Jimi will once again be performing at Clan MacRae's international clan gathering in Scotland from July 29 to August 2. This will take place at locations around Scotland, including Eilean Donan Castle in Easter Ross, Clan MacRae's famous ancestral home. More details can be obtained at the Clan MacRae website http://www.clan-macrae.org.uk

 

Eilean Donan castle, home of Clan Macrae
                                                                                    

Jimi has confirmed that, due to popular demand, he will again be escorting gathering attendees on a guided tour of the brochs of Glenelg during their visit to the Highlands.

                             
                                                              
Duntelve broch, Glenelg


2015 will also see the release of several new music videos produced by Jimi in an ongoing promotion campaign for latest album 'Last King of Pictland. This follows strong album sales and high viewing figures for music vids released last year. Thanks again for your support. Watch this space!








Monday, 6 October 2014

Jimi pipes on Dixie Chicks song.

Jimi is heading back into the studio to record pipes on a Dixie Chicks song..
Recording will take place this month. (October) The song, a version of 'Travelling Soldier', will be released early next month (November) in  the run up to 'Remembrance Sunday' in the UK and 'Veterans' Day' in the USA.
Watch this space for more details..