Song, Guitar, Banjo
Jimmy has been singing folk music since the mid-sixties. He was president of Glasgow University folksong club and performed with a number of groups in clubs across Scotland. He founded the Tradition Folk Club in Glasgow with Susan Ross, Finlay and other friends in 1970. He worked in Glasgow Secondary schools as a learning support teacher and was an activist in the Scottish teachers’ union the EIS. After his retirement from teaching he turned to regular performing again and produced, with Alistair Hulett, a series of presentations in song, word and pictures at clubs and festivals in the UK. Finlay joined them and, with Susan they produced a CD “Hand in Hand – Songs of International Friendship” as party of the EU Comenius programme for schools. After Alistair’s death in 2010, Jimmy and Finlay have continued to expand their range of topics.
Fiddle, Ukulele, Guitar, Mandolin
Finlay and Jimmy met in 1969 when they were both residents at Glasgow’s Tradition Club. With Susan Ross they formed the original Levellers. Finlay plays fiddle and is dance caller with Cloud Howe Ceilidh Band. He is a Senior Tutor at Glasgow Fiddle Workshop, teaching adults and children to play fiddle by ear. He has developed the ukulele classes at GFW and his Ukulele Workshops have sold out at recent Celtic Connection Festivals. Finlay was a long-serving member of the Glasgow Folk group ‘Stramash’ along with Adam McNaughtan, Anne Neilson and Kevin and Ellen Mitchell, John Eaglesham and Bob Blair. He also accompanied Adam on fiddle, guitar, mandolin and ukulele on many of his solo gigs until Adam’s retirement last year. He had been working recently on the shows about Ewan MacColl and Pete Seeger with Alistair Hulett and Jimmy until Alistair’s untimely death. He retired as a Primary Teacher in Special Education.