Jim's General

27th of September

by on Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Doug Martin smacks a ball towards the 4th fairway on the Hebredean island of Iona. Not a course that golf aficionados will have heard of – infact there are sheep and cows grazing over the entire course! It’s what golf must have been like in Scotland hundreds of years ago. On the other side of the small island lies the hallowed Iona Abbey, established in the seventh century by St Columba, and where the Book of Kells was written. Around the Abbey lie the graves of sixty Celtic and Viking kings. Most people who visit the island don’t get this far but Doug and I hiked over during the September tour round Scotland. We were very glad we did. Just don’t let Donald Trump near the place, although he might be a bit busy running for Prez to ruin this place.dougiona2
Just putting the finishing touches to my latest CD which was recorded in Perth last month. A big thanks to all those who made it along to cheer me on. It will be released at the end of October.

23rd of June

by on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Our June tour of Scotland went extremely well and for some who had never been there before it started with a bang at Edinburgh Castle. Why do they fire it at one o’clock?- so they only have to use one shell!
We had a great concert in Edinburgh from the wonderful traditional singer Emily Smith and her talented husband Jamie MacLennan.
We went to the Orkney Islands, which were so awesome that I forgot to take any pictures! Here is the wake of the ferry as we sailed up there from Aberdeen.
Dunrobin Castle, ancestral home of the notorious Dukes of Sutherland, who were responsible for some of the worst of the Highland Clearances. They certainly lived in style..
Potree on the Isle of Skye, with the Old Man of Storr in the background.
A highlight of the trip was a journey on the Hogwarts Express through some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery anywhere.
The stunning ‘Kelpies’ near Falkirk. They represent water-horses which celebrate the renovation of the Scottish canal network.

I am going to be recording a new live album in August. It will be at Perth College, Crieff Road, Perth on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd both at 7.30 pm. The concerts will be free but advanced booking must be made. To book tickets please contact susie@jimmalcolm.com

10th of May

by on Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Just recovering from the incredible UK General Election results which has left Britain looking like Maggie from the Simpsons. The Scottish National Party came thundering back from the Referendum defeat to win an astonishing 56 out of 59 seats, losing the other three narrowly. In England the Conservatives disgraced all the pollsters by winning a small majority where a close result was universally predicted. Scotland and England have never been so far apart as they are now…. interesting times. Looking closely at this image Scotland should be even more yellow, this was tweeted before the results were finalised…

by on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Snapped this pic of the new bridge being built across the Firth of Forth, whilst on my way south to do a gig in Biggar. This will be the third bridge at this point, alongside the wonderful rail bridge opened in 1890, and the more humdrum suspension bridge for autos completed in 1964. They started the new bridge primarily to replace the 1964 bridge as the cables are decaying and could not be replaced. However once they had fully started building this new effort engineers developed a revolutionary technique which will save the cables in the older one – Doh!

May 2nd

by on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Down at the River Tay on a typical spring four-seasons-in-one day. At least hailstones don’t get you wet.
Many people ask me what fly fishing is all about and actually a fishing fly can represent a whole number of things that a fish will eat. But in it’s purest form fly fishing is about representing these little guys. This is a March Brown (although in Scotland they mostly appear in April) It is a type of mayfly, which emerges from the riverbed and flies off to mate. When they appear on the surface of the river the trout feed avidly on them and a imitation fishing fly made of feathers is cast infront of them.
Here’s one that fell for the ruse …