Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Jimi China bound again!


Jimi is returning to China for more shows this October.

He has been booked to perform at a week long festival in the city of Kunming, capital of Yunnan province which is China's big internal tourist destination and in the deep south on the border with Laos.

This will be Jimi's second visit to China this year having performed at a week long festival celebrating Chinese New Year in Beijing last January/early February.

All told it will be his fourth piping trip to China and his first ever performances outside the capital (Beijing). He will be performing solo using backing tracks for stage performances.

Jimi is delighted to be returning to China so soon after his last visit."It's another big park gig but the weather will be very different to the winter conditions I have been used to in Beijing" he said. "Kunming is known as the City of Eternal Spring because it's in a sub-tropical region but on a high plateau. I will be leaving my winter woolies at home this time!"

The festival runs from 1st to 7th October and Jimi will be flying out on September 28. 

"I will be there for 10 days in total with time for a couple of days of sightseeing" added Jimi. "Chinese organisers are covering all my travel and accommodation costs and paying a very good fee. As a performer it doesn't come any better".

Frank Wilson,  European booking agent for the festival, said organisers had requested six acts and " quite specifically asked for Jimi"

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Jimi Rocks Glasgow with The Quireboys

Jimi joined old friends The Quireboys on stage for the Glasgow show of the band's UK tour on Friday night.

This is the fourth time Jimi has performed live with The Quireboys, one of the UK's most enduring and popular rock outfits. Friday night's gig in a packed 'Classic Grand' venue in Jamaica St was probably their best performance together yet.

Lead singer Spike and Jimi have been good pals since Jimi recorded pipes for Spike's solo album a few years back. One of the tracks, a version of Frankie Miller's famous song 'A Bottle of Whisky' also featured the Scottish rugby team on backing vocals and was released as a charity single.

Jimi introduced the band on Friday night and then joined them on stage for an electrifying version of 'Amazing Grace'.

"It's one of Spike and guitarist Paul Guerin's favourites" said Jimi. "They asked if I knew it and I said 'oh aye, I think so'!"

The Quireboys are currently touring the UK promoting their latest album 'Twisted Love'. Jimi will be heading back to the studio with Spike to record pipes for another solo project featuring more songs written by Glasgow legend Frankie Miller. Watch this site for more details.

Special thanks to Jennifer Stewart and Davy Ratcliffe for the pics of Jimi on stage.


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Across the Loch from Eilean Donan Castle lies Casteal Grugaig ('Castle of the Witch')

 New vid from Scottish Highlands. A visit to 'Castle of the Witch' near Eilean Donan Castle.  Hope you enjoy. Slainte Mhor!                                                       



Monday, 6 February 2017

Jimi pipes for huge crowds at Chinese New Year 2017 festival in Beijing

Jimi has just returned from another successful musical visit to China. This was the third time Jimi had been invited to perform at the Beijing Chaoyang International Chinese New Year festival with previous appearances in 2005 and 2010.

This year Jimi was booked to play twice every day at the week long carnival with performances on stage and in the street. He performed solo, using backing tapes on stage. Beijing Chaoyang International Cultural Exchange Association were extremely happy with Jimi's contribution to this year's festival. Jimi said it was an honour and pleasure to have been invited over to entertain the Chinese people again. He was one of several international artists and groups performing this year.

"It was great to be back in China" added Jimi. "The weather was cold but dry and it was nice to be out and about in the Chinese capital again, visiting famous sites and mingling with the people. Absolutely fascinating time and I always felt really safe. Chinese people are so friendly.. Hospitality was amazing. Mucho thanks to the organisers and all the young 'volunteer' helpers for helping make the week so special. Really enjoyed the company of the other performers too. A great festival. The best yet".

Jimi will be releasing some videos of his latest performances and adventures in China. In the meantime, here are a few pics. Slainte Mhor!

Monday, 3 October 2016

NEW PROJECT!.. Celebrating the oldest and possibly greatest celtic bard.

Jimi has just completed another artistic collaboration with Edinburgh artist Eric Clark. Filmed at Dumbarton Castle on the River Clyde and Arthur Seat, Edinburgh, the video and soundtrack is a celebration of the oldest and perhaps greatest celtic bard, Taliesin, whose best work possibly describes events and places in what is now Scotland over 1500 years ago. 

Dumbarton rock ( Âl-Clud meaning rock of the Clyde) and Edinburgh ( Din Eidyn) were chosen as filimg locations because they were tribal capitals of the Old North (Yr Hen Ogledd) clearly mentioned by Taliesin in his poems/sagas.
For more info please refer to Eric's web-site  and Jimi's write up accompanying this video on You tube.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Jimi China Bound.

Jimi is heading back to Beijing early next year (2017) to entertain crowds at a massive, week long Chinese New Year festival.

Organisers were keen to book Jimi early this year after failing to secure his services for their 2016 event due to an unforeseen administrative problem.

This will be Jimi's third visit to Beijing as a performer at the city's New Year celebrations. He was first invited over with his old ceilidh band in 2005 and again in 2010 with African drummer Sam Okoo. In 2017 Jimi will be playing solo, using backing tracks, pipes and keyboards.

The festival in Chaoyang Park, Beijing runs from January 28 to February 3.

"I'm really looking forward to heading back to China" said Jimi.  "I always had a great time when I was there before. Really appreciative crowds, fantastic hospitality and culture. Nice people and good payers!

Jimi is quite happy to be travelling as a solo performer. He will be treating his latest visit to the Chinese capital as "a musical sabbatical"!

"I've been booked to perform four, half hour sets per day for a week, so they'll be working me quite hard but that's fine.  Plenty time to chill and zone on new ideas back at the hotel afterwards. The Chinese always put us up in the finest of hotels"