For over 40 years Jim has worked as a professional musician, performing throughout the UK and Europe with numerous appearances on Radio & TV. Much of his work up until his retirement from touring, has been in Scandinavia, particularly Denmark and Norway, where he built up a large following with his unique style and delivery.
Having started out as a folk-musician on the Folk club scene in the UK, Jim started to make a name for himself, playing traditional and contemporary Irish Music around the UK. He became a regular performer at festivals and music venues over the years, and at one time was described by the Irish Post, as "one of the most sought-after acts on the Irish Music Circuit.
In 1994 he was invited to perform in Norway, with his band Madra Rua, and thus began a long relationship with Scandinavian audiences. For a number of years, Jim would spend nearly half of the year touring venues in Denmark and Norway.
A prolific song-writer, as well as a performing musician, Jim has recorded over a dozen CDs during his career.
In the last couple of years Jim has been turning his musical skills to working on CDs of Mantras, Relaxation and Meditation/Spiritual Music and Sound Healing.
Now in 2023, Jim is once again taking the stage performing as a solo artist and occasionally with Nigel Mason on Whistles and Bodhran, and also reuniting with Ian Thomas & Kate Ronconi as Madra Rua.
Jim's involvement with the world-famous Glastonbury festival began in the early 80s, when he gave the first of his many performances there. He was then asked to appear at the festival as a compere, and spent a number of years working on the Avalon Stage. He is now the organiser of the John Peel Stage, one of the four biggest stages at the festival, which attracts nearly 200,000 people every year. During his time he has worked with some of the leading names in the music industry and also got to meet some, perhaps surprising, visitors to the festival site, including Prince Harry and, what was to be a very special meeting with HH the Dalai Lama.
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