James, a 24 year old graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, takes inspiration from different aspects of his musical background and heritage to create a energetic, yet diverse sound. As seen at the Celtic Connections festival and BBC One's Quay Sessions, he displays a raw musical virtuosity that is only rivalled by a wealth of touring experience.
Currently, James is a member of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers touring worldwide, performing in countries such as America, Japan and Australia. Highlights in James’ music career include performing at festivals such as Milwaukee Irish Fest in America and Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, being nominated for ‘Up & Coming Artist of the Year’ and performing at the Scots Trad Music Awards, playing on BBC One’s ‘Hogmanay Live’, reaching the semi-finals of BBC Radio Scotland Young Trad award, and competing at the highest level in grade 1 with the Strathclyde/Glasgow Police Pipe Band for over 4 years. James has also been fortunate to collaborate with many artists, some of which include The Tannahill Weavers, The Chair and Dougie McLean.
2020 sees James release his debut album ‘Culzean’ alongside his band, a powerhouse group of young musicians at the forefront of Scottish music. He is joined by David Lombardi (Dallahan), Jean Damei (Fourth Moon), Craig Baxter (Gnoss) and Charlie Stewart (Dosca), an energetic five piece folk ensemble of bagpipes, fiddle, guitar, bodhràn and double bass. One that truly transcends the boundaries of world and folk music.