Sunday, 22 April 2018

Jimi rocks live with US million album seller Nathaniel Rateliff and band.

Great gig last night with outstanding American blue grass/folk singer Nathaniel Rateliff and band 'The Night Sweats' at the Usher hall, Edinburgh.

Jimi joined the guys on stage for three numbers including rousing show finale ''S.O.B', a hit from their million selling debut album 'Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats'. 

This was Denver based Nat and the band's last show in a two month sell out European tour so big party afterwards. ''Feeling the after effects this morning a wee bit.'' said Jimi. ''All good though and a fantastic honour to perform with such a great artist and band. Grand''

A wee bit video footage of Jimi, Nat and the guys (courtesy of Donna Wallace) below photos. Thanks to Martin Ross for the pics. Slainte Mhor! 



                             https://www.facebook.com/dejwallace/videos/1659680920765602/















Monday, 2 April 2018

New digital EP of Taliesin poetry



Jimi has released more new material on Bandcamp. It features poetry by Taliesin and music composed and arranged by himself.  This follows the success of recent You Tube videos on the legendary six century Brythonic bard by Jimi and is part of an ongoing project. More arrangements of Taliesin poetry will be released via Bandcamp in the months ahead.


To listen and find out more please follow this link:  https://jimithepipermcrae.bandcamp.com/album/taliesin

Monday, 26 March 2018

New live venture for Jimi - 'An Englishman, An Irishman and a Scotsman'

Jimi is teaming up with 'Wonderstuff' guitarist Dan Donnelly and fiddler Mike McGrother for a new live venture 'An Englishman, An Irishman and a Scotsman'

They will perform together for the first time in Stockton on Tees May 4. 

 Dan Donnelly was born and raised in Belfast and is probably best known as guitarist in the indy rock band The Wonderstuff. The Wonderstuff enjoyed chart success in the late 1980s and early 1990s and still perform on the UK and European festival circuit today. Dan also sings, plays banjo and mandolin and was once described as ''a God on the loop pedal''

Mike McGrother fronts the popular NE of England folk rock group 'The Wildcats of Kilkenny'. He is also known for his pioneering work introducing music and the arts to disadvantaged young people in the Stockton/Middlesburgh areas.

Jimi and Mike first met while performing back to back shows during a week long music festival in Kunming, China last October. Mike was playing with the Wildcats. Jimi was performing solo with backing tracks.

"I always say one of the best things about being in a band is meeting people and musicians across the world" said Mike. "Jimi's bagpipe wizardry and music blew us away. Great guy too, a lot of fun to work with.

"When we returned home from China I was struck with the idea of  bringing in Dan and persuading Jimi to work on a new project entitled 'An Englishman, An Irishman and a Scotsman'. Fortunately both agreed, just so long as we did one or two ACDC covers. Ok I said, let's do this".

An Englishman, An Irishman and a Scotsman promises to be a totally unique collaboration featuring Mike's fiddle and folk tinged blarney, Dan's looped guitar drive and Jimi's distinctive bagpipe sound.

Tickets for the May 4 show can be booked by calling Stockton Arts Centre. The three lads promise to create a night of music, craic and merriment with an explosive finale of rousing 'celtic' anthemns.


Sunday, 18 March 2018

New Video of ancient poetry





Ancient poetry from the British Isles, from a time 1500 years ago when the common language in much of Scotland and the north of England was Cumbric or 'Old Welsh'. Special thanks to Professor Marged Haycock of Aberystwyth University in Wales without whose help this project would not have been possible. Diolch yn fawr i Marged. Parch! Thanks also to my artist friend Eric Clark for his work on this project, our third collaboration on poetry from yr Hen Ogledd (the Old North)

Heddwch! (Peace!)


Sunday, 25 February 2018

Monster Mix EP big hit on Bandcamp

With so far over 180 downloads since its release mid - December, Jimi's 'Monster Mix' EP has been a surprise success on the on-line global music download site 'Bandcamp'

 

Jimi has now been informed he qualifies for a 'Bandcamp Power-Up' (UPLOAD LIMIT INCREASED TO 600MB PER TRACK) 

 

Jimi said the 'Monster Mix' EP had been great fun and good business,  "particularly as it started out as just a punt to try out Bandcamp".

 

"I would like to thank everyone who hit the download button" he added. "I've received some great messages from people all around the world saying how much they enjoy the EP. It has also allowed me to reconnect with many old friends and fans who seem to love it"

 

Jimi said all forthcoming musical projects will be released on Bandcamp first. Click on link below EP cover photo to access Jimi's Bandcamp.

                                                                                                                                               

                                                      https://jimithepipermcrae.bandcamp.com/album/monster-mix-ep

Monday, 4 December 2017

New music EP! Available to listen to free or download. Only £3 a pop. Just in time for Christmas. Perhaps you know someone who might appreciate it as a pressie? Slainte Mhor!

                                        https://jimithepipermcrae.bandcamp.com/album/monster-mix-ep

 

                                                                                        Monster Mix!

                                              https://jimithepipermcrae.bandcamp.com/album/monster-mix-ep

Friday, 13 October 2017

Jimi returns from China in triumph again!

Jimi has returned from his latest piping trip to China in triumph after wooing huge crowds at a week long festival in Kunming city, Yannan province.
Jimi was performing at the city's week long, mid autumn 'Moon' festival, traditionally a time of celebrating harvest and thanksgiving across China and SE Asia.
This was Jimi's second visit to China this year having performed at a week long Spring festival celebrating Chinese New Year in Beijing last February.
Yannan is a SW province of China where many indigenous tribes still live in their traditional ways. Kunming is close to the borders of Tibet, Vietnam, Laos and Burma. It is known as 'the city of eternal spring' because of its pleasant fine weather.
I had an amazing time, met many wonderful people and made friends for life" said Jimi. "Yunnan province is in China's deep south and locals certainly loved the sound of my bagpipes. Perhaps the sound reminded them of their own traditional instrument, the Hulusi Cucurbit flute which is made from bamboo. I enjoyed the sound of the Hulusi and definitely felt a connection with the local tribes people, many of whom came along to watch my performances every day in stunnning traditional dress.. Have returned home with a Hulusi flute and shall endeavour to master it over the winter months. Good fun and an interesting project I think"
This was Jimi's fourth visit to China with his bagpipes and his second as a solo artist using backing tracks to perform 'electric' live sets on stage. He hopes to return again soon.
"There is definitely something really good happening music wise for me in China" added Jimi. "I find the place absolutely fascinating and love the people. I've even started speaking Mandarin".
Jimi has struck up strong friendships with several traditional Chinese musicians and they plan to work together on a forthcoming recording project.
A short video featuring Jimi performing live in Daguan park, Kunming under a full 'harvest' moon, can be viewed below this post.