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:

'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:  or by scrolling down this page.

Check out Neil Warden's fantastic recent catalogue of music here:

 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

Monday, 9 March 2020

No Frae Round Here!

New song and video. 'No Frae Round Here'. First release from the new McRae/Neil Warden writing partnership. Nae bagpipes, just loads of attitude in the small town frae hell!
Jimi McRae all words and vocals, Neil Warden all guitars and music. David Little on drums and production.
Slainte and hope you enjoy.
More information available below.

Friday, 21 February 2020

Soundtrack for new TV drama series nearing completion.

Jimi is hard at work in the studio polishing off an album's worth of music for a proposed new TV drama series.
The action packed drama - set in the turbulent period before and after the Union of the Crowns between England and Scotland in 1603 - has been conceived and co-written by acclaimed and rising Scottish director Justin Molotnikov whose recent successes includes 'Poldark', 'Dr Who', 'Merlin' and hit Christmas chiller 'The Small Hand' shown on Channel 5, Boxing Day just past.
For more info on Justin click here:
Justin and Jimi first met at primary school in Galashiels in the 1970s. More recently their paths crossed repeatedly in Edinburgh creative circles and also in supermarkets on the city's southside where they both live.
"There came a point where every time I popped into ASDA or Sainsburys I'd bump into Justin and his brood" joked Jimi. "It's always nice to meet a friendly face from the past especially one as interesting and positive as Justin."
The pair shared an interest in hiking so began to meet up for hill walks when family and work commitments allowed. Ideas were bounced around.
"Justin was working on a script for a new drama set in Northern England and the Scottish Borders around the time James V1 of Scotland became James 1 of Britain" said Jimi. "He said he couldn't find any music for a possible soundtrack. He had this idea of an Anglo/Scottish cowboy style Western and none of the material put forward apparently came up to the mark."
He asked his old schoolfriend from Gala (Jimi) if he had any ideas.
"Justin was looking for something a bit different" continued Jimi. "Initially I was like, 'Wow! I cannae do that' but it sounded like fun so I decided to give it a go. I've built up a decent wee home recording studio in recent years and have also been working hard at improving my piano/keyboard skills. Time for a fresh challenge".
Jimi made some demos which Justin loved. Jimi then called up another old friend, Edinburgh and Fife guitar maestro Neil Warden, and the music really began to flow. To date they have written and arranged 10 songs together with another on the way.
"I first worked with Neil 20 years ago, recording tracks for my second solo album 'Earthdance'" said Jimi. "Prior to that I used to see him perform regularly with the late, great Tam White. I always enjoyed Neil's style and sound.
"After working together we kept in touch. In recent years Neil has been making a lot of great music with slide guitar. I phoned up, popped round to let him hear the demos and he said 'ok let's do this'".
For more info on Neil:
Jimi also enlisted fellow Gala man, ace drummer and "proper old school studio dude" David Little - known as 'Dottle' to many - to help with the project.
"I enjoyed recording my last three albums at Dottle's studio in Galashiels" said Jimi. "Always an advantage to have a good drummer on board, especially when they own some great mics and know their way around a mixing desk and studio!"
For more info on Dottle and his studio click here:
Unusually for Jimi, very little bagpipe feature.
"We have three tracks with pipes" he added. "I'm playing other instruments and reciting lots of poetry. This time round the pipes are being used judiciously and sparingly. Less is more if you like. After 20 years and five albums with pipes taking centre stage why not?"
Jimi plans to begin releasing new songs on You Tube in the next few months, but as yet no date has been set for an official album release.
"Does anyone still do album releases?" smiled Jimi. "I'm an old timer in the sense that I still think about making albums but fewer and fewer people are buying them, vinyl or cds. CDs were a cash generator for performers when I first started out. Not so much now. Even Neil initially thought I might be better releasing a 'radio friendly' EP."
A year or so on however, "an album's worth" of material is now in the final stages of mixing.
"Perhaps Justin will secure a sponsor and financial backing for his script, perhaps not" said Jimi. "Perhaps a potential backer will love the music as much as Justin does, perhaps not.
"At the very, very least I will soon have almost a dozen new songs to start making quirky new home made videos for You Tube, with historic and contemporary angles which I find interesting. Should keep me busy for a wee while".
Watching this page for more news and info on releases as they happen.

Stand and deliver!

Neil laying down some killer bass.

Dottle at work.

Looks like he's singing! Promise I'm no.

Justin taking a break in the Pentland hills during a recent foray. Have a banana bud!