who has worked with Afro Celt Sound System, La Banda Europa,
the Battlefield Band, the Bevvy Sisters, Big Sky,
the Celtic Tenors, the Funky String Band, the Gardyne
Chamber Ensemble, Mouth Music, Mr. McFall’s
Chamber, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Rua
Collection, Shooglenifty, Solas,
the Stobo Village Band, the String Sisters, Swamptrash, the True North Orchestra, and Unusual
His arsenal of
instruments includes bass drums, bells, bongos, cajon,
darabuka (darbouka), djembe, drums, hand drums, hi hat, kashishi,
pandeiro, shaker, snake drum and tom-toms.
2004, Unusual Suspects appeared at Eden Court
Theatre in “The
Big Set” which featured “The Balnain
Reel” by Corrina Hewat,
Wee Michael’s March by John McCusker, and
the traditional tunes, “The Pirriwig”
and “Willie’s Auld Trews”.
Mr. McFall’s Chamber performed at Queens Hall in Edinburgh, on 26th
October 2006. Their program
included “Aye”, “Cuillin”,
“Knives in Hens” and “Piece for String Quartet,
Percussion & Scottish Small Pipes in C” by Martyn
Bennett, “Metro Chabacano” by Javier
Alvarez and “Pequena Suite Cubana” by Fabio Landa.
January 2008, the Stobo Village Band, which
consists of James, piper Ross Ainslie, accordionist Lewis Powell-Reid, fiddler
Martin Swan and percussionist Fraser Watson, gave
their inaugural performance in Glasgow.
participated in Burns Night at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on 25th January 2009. On the musical menu: “Bridging the Gap” by
Patsy Reid, “Coriolis” by Aidan O’Rourke,
“Drivel” by Chris Stout and “Liberation” by Martyn Bennett.
In 2010, the
True North Orchestra appeared at the Main Concert Hall in Glasgow
and Shooglenifty participated in the Celtic Music
Festival at Ortigueira,
String Band took part in the National Folk Festival at Stock Camp in 2012,
when they performed “Sarah Hoy’s” by Luke Plumb, which is
featured on the album, Mongrel
recordings on which James appears include: Angels
Without Wings by Heidi Talbot; Bold
by Catriona MacDonald; Cuilidh by Julie Fowlis; The
Dreaming Sea by Karen Matheson; The
Farthest Wave by Cathie Ryan; Goodnight
Ginger by John McCusker; Homeland by the Rua Collection; I Shot the Albatross by James Grant;
Language of the Nymphs; Make the Light by Kate Rusby; Nadurra by Capercaillie; Orosay by Mairi MacInnes; Pipeworks by Jimmy Young; Remember Me by the Celtic Tenors; A Splendid Notion with Luke Plumb; Tryst by Iain MacInnes; Up to Date by Rod Paterson; Venus in Tweeds by Shooglenifty; and, Wishing
Well by Connie Dover.
You can hear
and see him in action on the DVD, Transatlantic
Series 5 with Jerry Douglas & Aly Bain.
The Celtic Tenors recordings
Still By Your Side (Jimmy MacCarthy/Feargal
(CD: Remember Me)