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 (2016 MG Alba Scottish Traditional Music Awards ‘Band of the Year’) he has worked 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, Treacherous Orchestra and Brian Molley. Throughout his career James has been an integral part of many new and innovate creative projects, particularly the Celtic Connections ‘New Voices’ series where he has gone on to record and play new works from artists such as Hamish Napier, Mike Vass & Sarah Hayes. As a composer James has taken part in the Distil Course (Hands up for Trad) and arranged music for the Gordon Duncan Experience in Perth.
Growing up in the Aberdeenshire James became interested in music through the local DIY punk rock scene as well as playing for ceilidh dances and orchestral groups in school. Being exposed to such differing kinds of music was inspiring and culminated in the Céol Mór summer camp at the Aberdeen Youth Festival where he was able to experience a seamless melding of folk and jazz. Following this he made the move to Glasgow to study music at Strathclyde University receiving a 1st Class Honours degree in 2011. Living in Glasgow further broadened his horizons and allowed him to experience the buzzing music scene in the city and collaborate with local players.
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 as composer and band leader. The Album 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 Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Fèis Rois.