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James comes from a family of folk singers and his enthusiasm lies firmly within the English tradition. He is particularly passionate about songs from his home counties of Dorset, Somerset and Devon. He couples this with an extensive repertoire and love for song that shows through his knowledge and understanding of the material.
“Bloody hell, what a voice! This was my first thought as he launched into his songs. He’s warmly charismatic with that sparkle of personality that draws a crowd along with him.” - JON BODEN
James has recently been involved in some high profile projects. These include the recording of songs from 'The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs' with Lucy Ward, Bella Hardy and Brian Peters; playing 'Little Musgrave' in Jon Boden's folk-opera 'Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard', and also working with the British Council's Folk Nations project in India. James also has two highly acclaimed albums out with Fellside: 'Sport and Play' and 'Another Day Another Story.' Sport and Play was in MOJO's list of top ten folk albums of 2012 and Another Day Another Story was nominated for 'Best Folk Album 2013' in the Spiral Earth Awards.
"James Findlay's style of singing is second to none! He also includes the right choice of ornaments and uses them at the perfect places, as to enhance the mood of the song and sometimes change its melodic flow, to create something really rather unique.
Playing this subgenre of music is clearly what this man loves doing, which is apparent in every track on this album."
Bright Young Folk
"Listening to James Findlay is like having a folk singer in your front room
James Findlay’s voice is a heady mix of youthful exuberance and heavy-drinking song sessions.
One of James’s biggest talents, and one he demonstrates amply through Sport and Play, is his ability to tell a good story, no matter how complicated.
There is something very real in his delivery that sucks the listener into a tale, whether singing from the male or female perspective, of true love, drowning or childbirth."
"We arrived in time to witness James Findlay's impressive vocal ability drawing a large crowd on the Vermerette stage.
Winner of BBC Young Folk Award 2010, it's no surprise to learn that the Dorset born singer comes from a family background of traditional singers, and wows festival goers with his distinctive guitar style and rich tones."
The Living Tradition
"Not so long ago we moaned about the lack of young male traditional singers. Things are much rosier now, and James Findlay, still in his early 20s, is one of the very best. Only the most cantankerous curmudgeons could be unimpressed by the maturity of his singing and playing, his boldness in tackling the big ballads, and his respect for provenance.
Shed a tear at the shocking horror of Long Lamkin, which few singers have the cojones to take on
James’s voice has steel and sensitivity, with clear phrasing and a dramatic edge. He sounds older than his years, as if he’s had a decade or two of singing the old songs. He understands them well enough not to maul then, and the music never overwhelms the words."