“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.” The Living Tradition
James Findlay first came into the public eye after winning the 2010 BBC Young Folk Award.
James performs as both a solo artist, and also with Jon Dyer and Alfie Gidley as The James Findlay Trio.
James comes from a family of folk singers & his enthusiasm lies firmly within the English tradition. He is particularly passionate about songs from his home counties of Dorset, Somerset and Devon. He has an extensive repertoire and love for song and this really shows through his knowledge and understanding of the material.
– Winner of the BBC Young Folk Award 2010
– Fellside signed artist of three highly acclaimed albums.
– Mojo Top Ten Folk Albums in 2012 with Sport & Play
– Another Day, Another Story nominated for ‘Best Folk Album 2013’ in the Spiral Earth Awards.
– James has been involved in some high profile projects including the recording of songs from ‘The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs’ with Lucy Ward, Bella Hardy and Brian Peters.
– In 2013 James played ‘Little Musgrave’ in Jon Boden’s folk-opera ‘Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard’
– Worked with the British Council’s Folk Nations Project in India.
“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
“He’s got an appositely brilliant voice that lad. It’s not just soft and mellow but it has got a lot of depth and a lot of passion to it. Love his stuff!” Mike Harding
“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.” FATEA
“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. ” Bright Young Folk
“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.” Spiral Earth