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.
Jim produced two songs for the OSCAR winning Disney Pixar animated film BRAVE.
He has collaborated with some of the finest musicians in their field, worldwide. Rooted in the Scottish tradition, his reach extends to encompass electronic, orchestral, rock and pop. His often unorthodox production techniques are legendary.
Jim was awarded Composer of the Year at the Trad awards 2014 for his work on Struileag of which he was also artistic director. This international arts initiative highlights the importance of indigenous language to the concept of home and belonging to deliver an international touring show that will tour in 2015/16.
Jim worked with 25 commissioned poets and 24 musicians, singers to create the score for the spectacular 60 minute Struileag show Children of the Smoke which premiered during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as part of Festival 2014.
The Struileag legacy also includes a TV arts show; a book of poetry; a CD; an engaged, international, online community;
The show has been nominated 'Event of the year' 2014 and Jim is nominated 'Composer of the year' at the Trad Awards 2014.
Other recent commisioned highlights include;
'The Pillars of Hercules'; commissioned to celebrate Marseilles as European capital of culture 2013, composed to be performed in Marseilles by a 40 piece, Mediterranean rim orchestra with musicians from all around the Med, including North African and Turkish bagpipers and percussionists.
'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.
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"A musician renowned for his versatility and individualistic approach to thinking about and creating music."
Michael Tumelty, Music Critic, The Herald
"Struileag: Children of the Smoke is a watershed moment in Gaelic music."
Margaret Mary Murray, head of BBC Alba