Available: April 2023 + Festivals 2023
Jim Ghedi has received BBC 2 play from Mark Radcliffe, BBC 6 Music airplay from Gideon Coe, Cerys Matthews and Elizabeth Alker and BBC 3 play from Verity Sharp, he has recently had a book of poems & songs ’Spring Of Yarrow’ published through Ration Books. Jim hails from the South Yorkshire hills and although clearly well versed in the history of British folk music, he stands out as a potential torch bearer for a new generation of respectful yet experimental performers.
Whilst Ghedi’s previous idiosyncratic take on folk has often been instrumental, his new album ‘In The Furrows Of Common Place’ is a deeper plunge inside himself to offer up more of his voice to accompany his profoundly unique and moving compositions. Departing away from previous work, here he draws from social-political observations, contemporary songwriting, historical & traditional material and a rich varied number of other inspirations and sources, such as the poetry of John Clare, the writing of Robert Macfarlane and the works of South Yorkshire author Barry Hines.
Praise for latest single ‘What Will Become of England’
“Ghedi…has a unique talent for tapping into the rich history of folk music to extract and create timely, political and contemporary alternative folk music. …this is perhaps the most direct and potent example of this skill to date” ~ Folk Radio
“A lament for a country crumbling into the sea… ritual drums, mournful fiddle and fog-shrouded synths locked in a dance on the edge of a cliff” ~ MOJO
“Drone-folk reanimator digs into the Alan Lomax archive for a song of haunting relevance to today” ~ UNCUT
“Jim Ghedi just gets better and better, doesn’t he? He’d fit comfortably on a bill with John Francis Flynn and Lisa O’Neill” ~ TradFolk
“Every so often a musical artist perfectly captures the socio-political ruptures of their time. What Will Become Of England, the new single from Jim Ghedi, feels like one such song” ~ The Morning Star