Jim Malcolm

As both singer and songwriter, Jim Malcolm is one of the most distinctive voices in Scottish music, and “one of the finest singing voices in Scotland in any style” (The Living Tradition).

He was lead singer of the groundbreaking Scottish band Old Blind Dogs for seven years, with whom he toured extensively throughout Europe and North America, playing at many of the world's largest folk festivals. In 2004, Jim was songwriter of the year at the Scots Trad Music Awards, and has since been thrice nominated for Scots Singer of the Year.

Jim has a vast repertoire of songs from the Scottish tradition and is a noted interpreter of Burns. These old songs are complemented by his own original and award-winning songs, which are at once completely modern and accessible, and an authentic addition to the cannon of Scottish music.

Jim plays expressive guitar in mainly DADGAD tuning, whilst simultaneously playing tunes on harmonicas to a standard seldom heard elsewhere. His warm and engaging stage presence, pared with a skilful wit, has made Jim a much-loved performer and artist.

In Orkney he will be joined by his daughter, Beth, on keyboards and vocal harmonies.