Tuesday, 30 March 2021

New Song and Music Video.

Jimi's latest release from his ongoing project - A 'bluesy' number with full-on bagpiping finale about the destruction of the manufacturing/textile industry in his home town, Galashiels. Words were written by his late father Kenny McRae. Music by Jimi. Special thanks to guitarist pal Neil Warden for the groovy Pink Floydish 'runs' and drummer/producer David Little of Soundstation Recording Studios in Galashiels for the help bring it all together. 

Jimi added: "Also a big shout out to members of Galashiels Ex Service Pipe Band and everybody else who helped in the making of this vid. Braw lads and lassies one and all. Thank you"

This is the sixth 'Youtube' release of new songs and arrangements being prepared for Jimi's latest album project which, in broad terms looks at the Borders where he grew up and also the history and ongoing legacy of the Border Reivers.

Working closely with Neil and David, Jimi is preparing 14 tracks in total. He plans to release one more promo music vid in the next month or so before focusing on finishing and releasing the album.

 "Four or five tracks will feature bagpipes" said Jimi. "As well as my own compositions we are taking a look at some of the Border ballads which, of course, are word driven. The pipes are still present, but less is more if you like, this time round."

As well as writing and arranging songs, Jimi has been busy working during 'Lockdown'. His skills as a experienced and highly qualified forklift/telehandler plant operator have been in big demand among engineers involved in specialised and complex builds in North Berwick and Grangemouth.


Sunday, 31 January 2021

New look for Jimi's Youtube Channel.

 Check out Jimi's Youtube channel for up to date playlists and info about what's been happening music and film wise. If you enjoy please subscribe. Thank you. Slainte!


Sunday, 24 January 2021

First Release of 2021.

Jimi has made his first music video release of 2021 - a version of the trad & country classic 'Black Jack Davy'.

Black Jack Davy is a popular and much covered folk song which originated as a Scottish Border ballad in the 16th or 17th Century. It tells the story of a bored young lady who forsakes a life of comfort and luxury to run off with a handsome gypsy. 

The song has been covered by many artists and bands including 'The Incredible String Band', 'Steeleye Span', Bob Dylan and more recently Jack White and 'The White Stripes'. 

In this new interpretation Jimi brings the song back home to its, and his own, Border roots. Joining him in the arrangement are Neil Warden on guitars and David Little on drums. Video was filmed during January 2021 UK lockdown with social distancing protocols being observed at all times.

Jimi and Dave's scenes were filmed in and around Galashiels. Neil's scenes were shot in his hometown, Dunfermline. Track was recorded and mixed at Soundstation Studios, High St Galashiels. Special thanks to Edinburgh based artist Helen Stephenson for video illustrations. Hope you enjoy. Slainte!


Wednesday, 30 September 2020

New release - Lock the door Lariston

The crazy says of the Border Reivers reimagined in this retelling of James Hogg's classic 19th Century story about a cross border raid on the English/Scottish frontier. All music by Neil Warden. Track arranged by McRae/Warden. Vocals mixed by David Little at Soundstation Recording Studio in Galashiels. All rights reserved.

Sunday, 13 September 2020

New facebook page for Jimi

 Jimi has launched a new facebook page with up to date reports and photos of his travels, adventures and music and video projects.

The site is open to anyone and can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/Jimi-McRae-100908218348756

'Like' the page to receive all the latest news from Jimi.

Jimi has just finished recording and mixing track number 11 for his new album project. The song will soon be available to listen to on You Tube soon once filming for an accompanying video is completed. 

Jimi said: "We're having a wee break from filming the final scenes to give guitarist and song writing partner Neil Warden time to recover from an unwelcome bout of Bell's Palsy which caused temporary paralysis to one side of his face. 

"Get well soon Neil. Rest up and relax. We're not finishing the video without you."

This will be the fifth joint You Tube release this year from Jimi and Neil, only one of which contains bagpipes. 

"We have another couple of still to be released tracks featuring pipes" added Jimi, "but with this project less is definitely more when it comes to pipes. The onus is on great guitar riffs and grooves plus good poetry.  I've covered so many bases with bagpipes musically over the years so it's enjoyable to be using them sparingly for a change, quite liberating actually".

Jimi's new releases so far can be listened to/viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/user/ForkyJim  or by scrolling down this page.

Check out Neil Warden's fantastic recent catalogue of music here: https://neilwarden.bandcamp.com/

 A track from Neil's latest EP 'The Saucer Surfers' forms the basis of the next McRae/Warden song. An album featuring all new material by Jimi and Neil will be released in due course.


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.



Thursday, 25 June 2020