Working primarily as a bass player James Lindsay is in high demand across the UK folk and jazz circuit as well as being an accomplished composer, arranger and music educator.
As a full-time member of award-winning folk band Breabach (Scots Trad Awards Band of the year 2016/Album of the year 2019) he has recorded on four albums with them as well as performing extensively throughout Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. As a session musician he has appeared on dozens of recordings and performed live with artists such as Julie Fowlis, Blue Rose Code, Ross Ainslie, Hamish Napier and Brian Molley.
James grew up in Aberdeenshire before moving to Glasgow in 2007 to study the Applied Music degree at Strathclyde University where he received 1st Class Honours.
In 2014 he was awarded the Martyn Bennett Prize for Composition and since then has continued to develop as a writer, releasing his debut album Strand in 2017. The Album received critical acclaim and was nominated for ‘The Ginkhana Award for Innovation in new Traditional Music’ at the 2018 Scottish Awards for New Music. In 2020 he was awarded an In Tune With Nature prize from Nature Scot and Fèis Rois for his piece 'Gaither' written for Forvie National Nature Reserve. After running a successful Crowdfunder campaign in September 2020 he has begun work on his follow up album Torus with producer/engineer Euan Burton and some of his favourite cross-genre musicians.
“an inviting, contrasting weave of warm, incisive melody and textural detail” Adrian Pallant (London Jazz News)
“Mood, tone and tempo shift as constantly as the tide.” ★★★★ Jim Gilchrist (The Scotsman)
“Very ethereal, very chilled, very cinematic. The mix of folk and jazz has been done seamlessly and very, very well.” ★★★★★ Simon Redley (Music Republic Magazine)
“That's one commonality across this record – everything sounds beautiful” ★★★★ Harry Harris (The Skinny)