Now settled in Scotland, Jim King has lived in Glasgow since 1985, having moved around the UK for a number of years after leaving his native Thames Valley.
First attracted to folk music in the sixties, Jim started to play and sing when he was sixteen, to anyone who would listen. Most of his formative influences were the contemporary greats of the folk revival. However this has been tempered by a love of Blues, and some mischievous comedy songs from Britain’s Music Hall and Variety heritage.
Although the last few years in Scotland may have woven a faint thread of Celtic colouring through some of his more recent music, Jim has drawn on a diverse range of sources for his melodies and lyrics.
Jim compered a folk club in Lincolnshire for a few years before moving to Scotland and earned a reputation as an excellent M.C. He has frequently fronted a variety of shows, concerts and gigs, and has become a popular stand-in compere at the New Dawn Folk Club in Glasgow.
“As a writer, Jim has accomplished some truly outstanding work. Having the ability to communicate a message about a serious subject in a sensitive but, simultaneously, humorous way is not a common attribute, but Jim has achieved this in several of his songs. His fondness for fun in his performances has sometimes produced a glimpse of other skills not normally associated with the folk world. He could be the only hat-juggling, ventriloquist, folk singer around; of course, there are some who might argue one’s too many! On a broader note, the songs in Jim’s repertoire are largely drawn from his experiences, feelings and observations. Whatever they say, they are his way of saying it”
Kenny Caird (organiser – New Dawn Folk Club – Glasgow)
“Jim King has established himself in Glasgow and the West as a truly original writer and performer. His music resonates through the psyche, and some of his songs are dead good too!”
Danny Kyle – Celtic Connections, 1998
Jim King – Recordings:
- Views from the South