“an inviting, contrasting weave of warm, incisive melody and textural detail” Adrian Pallant
Bass player James Lindsay was born and raised in the Aberdeenshire countryside in the North-East of Scotland. As an instrumentalist he is in constant demand working with some of the top names in the UK folk and jazz circuits as well as being an award-winning composer and a respected music educator. He now resides in Glasgow.
Initial forays into the music scene were homegrown; inspired by musical friends, the local live punk rock scene and the music played in the home (from The Beatles & Simon & Garfunkel to Mozart and Holst). Quickly developing as a competent bass guitarist James soon transitioned to the upright bass after gaining an interest in jazz, traditional-folk and contemporary-classical music and made the move to Glasgow to study at Strathclyde University. In 2011 he gained a 1st Class BA Honours Degree in Music but by this time was already working as a full-time musician with renowned folk group Breabach. Since joining the band James has toured extensively in Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea as well as appearing on three of the group’s releases. As a session musician he has recorded on dozens of albums, working with producers such as Jerry Boys, John Mccusker and Greg Lawson. Live work has seen him work as a sideman alongside Bella Hardy, Brian Molley Quartet, Treacherous Orchestra (amongst others) and perform to sell out crowds at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, WOMAD New Zealand, Webster Hall New York and RIFF Festival in Jodhpur.
James was the winner of the 2014 Martyn Bennett Prize for Composition and since then has continued to develop as a writer culminating with his debut release as composer and band leader Strand. A darkly atmospheric blend of instrumental folk and contemporary-jazz featuring a group of some of the top cross-genre players in Scotland. Melodic elements inspired by the folk tradition are placed within unusual harmonic and rhythmic settings whilst Improvisations weave in and out of intricately composed passages and surging grooves.
“Mood, tone and tempo shift as constantly as the tide.” Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman
As a teacher he has taught privately, in school’s and given workshops at at home and internationally. He has also worked with groups such as the worldwide music outreach organisation Live Music Now and youth celtic big band The Gordon Duncan Experience.
“James Lindsay provides a sensitive and grooving bass that leads the swell of melodies from beneath.” Kitty Macfarlane Pop up Folk