It’s been a splendid year with some gigs along the way. Like each of the years that have passed, I’ve met some great folks and made some new friends. Thanks for the continued support and I wish you a Happy Holidays and hope that 2014 is most excellent to you all.
When I was young I spent Saturdays at my Grandparents. I would walk round the local market with my Grandfather and he’d buy me an ol’ Matchbox car and himself an old watch. Usually broken. But he’d mend them whenever his hands were steady enough.
As I got a little older, I became aware that it wasn’t just old age that was making his hands shake more often and had turned his voice to a whisper. My Grandfather had Parkinson’s Disease. But he was making the best o’ things and he still made us kids laugh.
I realise now that I have absolutely no memories of my Grandfather pre-Parkinson’s, but I have only fond memories. I think about him often when I look at my growing collection of broken watches. I’ll be thinking of him on Friday, too.
So, please join me in getting behind Light of Day on a special night this Friday at Glasgow’s Oran Mor – raising awareness and funds for a very worthwhile cause.
Needless to say I’m chuffed – I’ve been a fan of Danny Wilson since the days of Grand Drive, with True Love and High Adventure one of my favourite albums for such a long time. So again, thanks to those that came out, to Meester Mainy for booking me and to Danny & The Champs for putting on a Helluva show!
So, I was having a chat with Its a XXXX Thing‘s Meester Mainy ahead of the year’s final gigs. Basically, he asked me a whole bunch of questions and I threw him a whole bunch of answers. It went a little like this:
Mainy: Tell us a bit about yourself Jim. Early days are always the best place to start. So when did you first feel drawn to music, and how did that then move on to you creating your own?
Jim: I guess it’s an old cliché, but I remember flicking through my parents’ record collection … it was quite an eclectic collection, too. I don’t suppose that I really became immersed in music until my early teens. Then I was obsessed.
Spending hours putting together mixes for friends, when not sifting through the tapes and LPs that belonged to my parents and liberating the best tracks from their obscure and often disappointing albums. I was the one in school preaching music. While I was sorta like the weird kid who liked ‘Heavy Metal’, folks were tuning into the mixes I was giving them.
We started hanging out together and eventually we got a band going.
We were dreadful. Couldn’t really play, but we stuck with it and we made quite a noise.
He’s a good chap is Mainy … and he was kind enough to post the whole chat in full over at It’s a XXXX Thing!!
There’s just three gigs left on my calendar and then I wrap up the gig year, put that trusty ol’ guitar of mine in it’s case and get myself off of the ‘road’ for a well earned rest. These next three dates are gonna be the perfect way to wrap things up, too.
You can bet that you’ll hear some new songs, as well as some old. Maybe even one or two borrowed.
I’m very happy to confirm that I’ll be appearing at this years Light of Day event at Oran Mor, Glasgow on November 29th. It’s a very special night to raise awareness and funds for research and support for those suffering from Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses.
This years event features Joe D’Urso, Guy Davis, Maeve O’Boyle and Jesse Malin.
Doors open at 7pm, with tickets available now via Ticketweb.
The first Death Roots Syndicate compilation is out now and you can find an unreleased acoustic version of Untitled on there. This solo acoustic version was recorded during the sessions for Ten Fires and has a slightly different feel to the full band version on there. It was recorded and mixed by Tommy Duffin, and mastered at by Craig Hughes at Channel Nowhere.
A very fine review of the For the Sake of the Song all day mini-festival has surfaced over at AmericanaUK. Some very kind words in there about my appearance at the O2 ABC in the afternoon and later in Broadcast …
“… Coffee and Cocaine from the Ten Fires album and Giving Up The Ghost were somewhat spine tingling”
I’m pleased to confirm that this unreleased acoustic version of Untitled will feature on the first Death Roots Syndicate compilation due in late October. There’s a bunch o’ fine acts involved and you can get a listen over at the Death Roots Syndicate’s Soundcloud.
I’ve played a number of gigs this year. Certainly more than I had planned. Today I played two sets at For the Sake of the Song. Both different in so many ways. Both thoroughly enjoyed and high up on my list of favourites of 2013. Be it a result of connections through playing music or just shooting the breeze. It’s been a tremendous day.
For anyone out there interested in Americana music, I’d recommend that you check out more of No Mean City Festival 2013. Like the previous years, there’s so much happening. So much to enjoy. To soak in. A range of sounds and songs that are formed from blues, folk, country, rhythm and blues, rock and roll and all the other great and varied musical traditions.
… and I guarantee you’ll meet some great folks.
I don’t have anything else lined up till November. I kinda like that. I’m having a rest. A well earned rest.