Jim Malcolm, one of Scotland’s finest traditional singers and songwriters, is bringing his award-winning music to Rockport MA in April.
Malcolm, who has twice been booked to sing for Prince Charles, was voted Scotland’s Songwriter of the Year in 2004 and was shortlisted for the Scots Singer of the Year award in 2004, 2005 and 2009. He has been described as “one of the most outstanding talents to emerge from the Scottish Folk Scene in years”.
The concert is being organised by Elizabeth Malcolmson, who with her husband has been hearing Malcolm perform for years at house concerts and in larger venues with Old Blind Dogs, and wanted to bring the artist closer to home. “Jim combines amazing music with great stories,” said Elizabeth, “and I thought how wonderful it would be to hear him play for my family, friends and other musical enthusiasts, in my own home town.”
And Malcolm, for his part, is looking forward to playing in MA. “I love playing for American audiences, which have always been good to me,” he said. “Scottish audiences can be a bit reserved but Americans seem better at having a good time – my concerts are usually really good fun. I’m looking forward to playing in Rockport MA again.”
Malcolm, who was front man with the much-loved Old Blind Dogs for seven years, plays guitar and mouthorgan and sings songs from the Scots tradition, as well as his own award-winning compositions.
Often played on the radio show Thistle & Shamrock, Malcolm was brought up in the Perthshire and Angus areas of Scotland and was steeped in traditional music and song from a young age. He learned to play guitar while at school and by his early twenties was winning songwriting contests and playing in folk clubs all over Scotland. He later took up harmonica and is now a leading exponent of simultaneous guitar and harmonica, “displaying more talent than many who have made their living from harmonica alone,” as one critic wrote.
In December 2004 Malcolm won the coveted Songwriter of the Year title in the Scots Trad Music Awards, and he has eight solo CDs to his credit.