Jim Sutherland

Composer, producer and artistic director.

Constantly nudging at the boundaries of culture and style, Jim is a free-thinking original whose commissions have included composing music for film, TV, large-scale events and national celebrations. His fingerprints, as a musician, producer and composer, can be found on more than two hundred albums across a bewildering spectrum. He has collaborated with some of the finest musicians in their field, worldwide.

With his roots in the Scottish traditional genre, his expansive reach extends to encompass electronic, orchestral, rock and pop music. His often unorthodox production techniques are legendary.

International Gaelic arts project (right)

Jim is currently artistic director of Struileag / Shore to Shore , an ambitious two year legacy project reaching around the world to tell the story of the people of the Gaelic diaspora, a people scattered to the winds. Building upon the cultural heritage rather than simply relying upon it, Struileag will highlight the importance of indigenous language to the concept of home and belonging. The Struileag project will culminate in an international touring show which will form a significant highlight of Scotland's year of Homecoming in 2014.

Recent highlights include;

  • 'The Pillars of Hercules'; a commission to celebrate Marseilles as European capital of culture 2013, composed to be performed by a Mediterranean rim orchestra which include North African bagpipes.
  • 'An Turas/The Voyage'; commissioned by the Scottish Government as a gift from Scotland's people to the people of Derry (Londonderry), UK Capital of Culture 2013. This piece was presented by Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hislop to the Mayor of the City and the Taoiseach. The music also underscored the opening ceremony of the return of the Comcille directed by Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Jim creates and collaborates to produce large-scale performances including cross-cultural and site-specific work with La Banda Europa and staging the string driven spectacle that is the True North Orchestra.

Jim is often called upon as a consultant and he guest lectures at Universities and colleges as well as giving one to one mentoring sessions.


Listen to Jim's music while you browse the site.


"A musician renowned for his versatility and individualistic approach to thinking about and creating music."

Michael Tumelty, Music Critic, The Herald

Jim produced two songs for the Disney Pixar animated film BRAVE. Brave recently picked up an OSCAR, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for best animated feature!

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