Monday, 9 November 2015

Jimi's mate standing for Scottish Parlaiment

A singer/songwriter friend of Jimi is standing for election to the Scottish Parliament.
Well known and much liked Edinburgh folk singer Kevin Gore will be standing in the Lothians for 'Solidarity Scotland' during next May's Holyrood elections.
Solidarity co-convenor Tommy Sheridan and Kevin will be speaking at a public meeting in the Augustine United Church, George V Bridge, Edinburgh on Thursday November 26, 7 to 9pm. All welcome. Admission free.
Tommy and Kevin will be outlining party policy and asking voters to give their first vote to the SNP and second 'list' vote (peach ballot paper) to Solidarity next May. They believe it is 'good for democracy' to have more than one pro-independence party in the Scottish parliament.
Solidarity is calling for a second independence referendum as soon as 2016. They are anti Trident nuclear missiles and call for the immediate removal of weapons of mass destruction from Scotland.  Other policies include an end to austerity, an immediate and permanent ban on all fracking and underground gas extraction. They are in favour of a publicly owned renewable energy sector with more community control. They also advocate 'the right of recall', meaning if elected politicians break any election promises or fail to fulfill their duties as elected representatives, another election should be called.
Solidarity also wants MSP salaries brought into line with earnings of skilled workers. At present an MSP makes almost £60,000 per year, more than twice as much as a fireman. Solidarity MSPs will accept no more than £30,000 per year if elected. Solidarity Scotland also support the immediate decriminalization of  medical cannabis/marijuana cultivation and use.
Just some of the issues up for discussion on Thurs Nov 26th. Why not come along and lend your voice? Maybe see you there. 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)



Friday, 9 October 2015

Jimi rocks Dundee (part 1)

Jimi performs his opening number 'Alba Gu Brath' at the combined Still Yes/Hope Over Fear rally in Dundee last Sunday (Oct 4th). 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Jimi performing at STILL YES rally in Dundee this Sunday (October 4th)

Jimi will performing at a huge STILL YES rally planned in the centre of Dundee this Sunday  (Oct 4th) 11am to 5pm..
Jimi is extremely honoured to have made the billing, which features top entertainers, music acts and speakers. He will take to the stage with pipes and backing tapes to play music from his recent albums..
Should be a great day. Maybe see you there.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Jimi rocks Glasgow at 'Still YES' rally attended by thousands..

''This one's for Glasgow City Council!'' Thus did Jimi the Piper introduce the first number from his stormin' opening set at Hope Over Fear's 'Still YES' rally in George Square yesterday, a tripped out bagpipe version of 'The Red Flag' followed by an electrifying set of jigs and reels which really had the whole square jumping. Pure class.. Great music, great performances, fantastic day. Roll on the next Hope Over Fear rally - John Anderson, online review.
(Jimi has been invited to perform at another YES rally in Dundee on October 4th. More details will be posted here soon.)

George(Freedom) Square. Still YES!

Jimi and Hope Over Fear organiser John Park. Next stop Dundee Oct 4th.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Jimi piping at Hope Over Fear Rally, George (Freedom) Square, Glasgow, September 19

Jimi will be the opening act at the Hope Over Fear 'We're still YES' rally in Glasgow on September 19.
Jimi is extremely honoured to have been asked to perform at the start of proceedings in George (Freedom) Square at 11am.. Many fantastic musicians and speakers will be appearing during the day. All roads lead to Glasgow on Saturday, September 19.. Maybe see you there.
Please note - the official start time is now 11am.