Sunday, 26th July, 2009









"This was my introduction to Jim Moray. I found his music appealing yet in all honesty, I wouldn't describe much of it as folk music in the traditional sense.  The use of electric guitar probably places it in the realms of folk rock and at times even pop, despite the obvious urban influences."



What has been said about Jim Moray.....

Few Brit folk artists have caused such a stir as Jim Moray. His debut album, 2003's "Sweet England", polarized opinion in dramatic fashion. Old traditionalists were dismissive of the computer-generated sounds employed on his daringly adventurous arrangements of old ballads featuring beats and tape loops. Originally from Macclesfield, he was raised in Staffordshire. His dad was a morris dancer -- his parents met at a folk club -- and Jim and his sister Jackie (fiddle singer Jackie Oates) were exposed to English traditional music at festivals and records in the house. He learned guitar and spent much of his teenage years playing in rock bands, including a spell as a drummer in a punk band, before heading off on a four-year course studying classical music at Birmingham Conservatoire in 1999.

It was while he was there that he reverted to his roots and started experimenting with radical rearrangements of traditional songs on his computer. Still a student in Birmingham, Moray funded the home-produced Sweet England from his student grant and submitted it as part of his degree in 2003. While it included conventional piano and guitar and featured one self-written song ("Longing for Lucy"), the extensive use of samples, beats, and arrangements on the laptop triggered a major debate - particularly due to radical interpretations of famous old songs. Moray himself fuelled the interest with some compelling theories about the modern nature of folk music and his desire to appeal to a new, young audience with no awareness or interest in the folk tradition. Sweet England went on to win best album at the 2004 BBC Folk Awards and Moray also won the Horizon Award as best new act, where he made a point of thanking non-folkies for buying his record. With his second album, "Jim Moray", released in 2006, he had created a far heavier and more rock-influenced album than its predecessor, His third album "Low Culture" was released in 2008.



Jim Moray - Vocals, Guitars & Keyboards


James Delarre


Jim Moray - Vocals, Guitars & Keyboards


Nick Cooke - Melodeon


James Delarre - Fiddle


James Delarre - Fiddle & Jim Moray - Electric Guitar






FOLK BY THE OAK, HATFIELD HOUSE, 2009 [Intro] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]





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