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England-based James Hollingsworth has a passionate
voice and a unique, complex acoustic guitar
finger-style, reminiscent of Andalusian guitar,
fusing elements of folk, blues, trance, metal and
psychedelic rock. Since turning professional in
2006 he's played numerous festivals, private
bookings, folk, acoustic and rock venues
nationally, supported Nick Harper (twice),
Cara Dillon, Hazel O'Connor, 60's legends It's
a Beautiful Day and Barry 'The Fish'
Melton (of Country Joe and The Fish), who
"It was truly a phenomenal experience hearing
James Hollingsworth's music, I know now that the
tradition of groundbreaking music is in good
hands. Thank you, James – Barry Melton."
A former long-time resident of Bristol's Tantric
Jazz Cafe, James is adaptable and spontaneous,
picking material with his mood and that of the
audience. As well as being a critically acclaimed
songwriter, he performs soulful interpretations
from his repertoire
of 300+ covers, including solo acoustic Pink Floyd Nights. Contact James to book
him for your event (Check availability).
As frontman with rock act JEBO,
James performed at top venues including The Royal Albert Hall,
Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall, Loreley
(DE), Ghent Festival (BE) and Monmouth Festival and worked
with legendary producer John Burns (Genesis, John
Martyn, Burning Spear) on their debut album, Sinking
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07/05/2014 - It's been a busy
start to the year, with new cd 'Live at the Wunder
Bar' (Adventures in Loopland v2.0), and the latest
round of video uploads resulting in a Live
Playlist on YouTube.
- Announcing 13 Moons, a Lightly Hopped
Ale, in collaboration with Bridgetown Brewery in
To commemorate the worldwide release of James'
2013 album 13 Moons on i-Tunes, CD Baby
etc, The Albert Inn landlord Giles' very own
micro-brewery will take hops grown by James in
Frome, Somerset - sourced from the nearby Agroforestry Research Trust
in Dartington, and brew a delicious batch of ale
in time for James' launch gig at The Albert Inn on
Saturday 22 December 2018. James has created a new
album cover design, adapted for beermats, bottle
labels and pump badge... The beer will be
available at the pub for a limited time only.
James has been booked for the South Downs Folk Festival at
the Regis Centre, Bognor Regis, on Saturday 21
September 2019, Steve Knightley of Show
of Hands is also rumoured to be on the bill.
- Pink Floyd Night UK Tour
May '18 was a great success, culminating with a
packed house at Widcombe Social Club on 31 May.
James also performed some of his own songs,
including Saturn Ruin, caught
here on video by audience member Peter
Clinick. Photographer Richard Clarke was also on
hand to capture this suite of photos and
Praise came in many forms, with James being called
a musical "alchemist" and "sorcerer" (twice, 200
miles apart!) as audiences took in James'
Live-Looping performance with real instruments -
combining hand percussion, voice, harmonica and
guitar effects to build complex arrangements in
real time. No pre-recorded backing tracks are
One more Pink Floyd Night remains before the
autumn tour (tba), at Stroud's best-kept ale
house, The Crown and Sceptre on
Thursday 21 June.
Darth Side of the Moon! Pink
Floyd Night UK Tour May '18, begins May the
Fourth in Truro at the famous Old Ale House, of
Skinners Brewery fame, a special show with VJ
Projections by local visual artist Jonathan
Hayter. Click for TOUR DATES
in Cornwall, Devon, Sussex, Warwickshire, Bath
Fringe Festival and Gloucestershire.
01/03/2018 - James' album Coming Home to
Stay is now available to hear and buy
24/02/18 - James' performance at Goring Unplugged was warmly
received by the audience who were pin-drop quiet
during songs and obligingly amused during James'
song intro's. The gig was not filmed, but an audio
recording exists. Here's James' last visit in 2013.
As reported on James' performace on Soundcheck session from
Saturday 30 September, his new album is
currently being worked on, devised to be performed
live using all the tricks possible with James'
Live-Looping pedalboard, he's practising hard to
perfect it before performing it live and then
recording a release version. More details when
27/01/18 - This website was updated with new songs
on the music page, a
revamped more page and
various wee tweaks, deletes and such.
11/10/17 - The images page
on this website has been updated with a new
gallery, full of bio' info and links. Plus, here's
that Soundcheck session from
Saturday 30 September on Vimeo, courtesy of
Remarkable news from James' recent live streamed
gig on Soundcheck in Frome on Saturday
30 September, the performance received 1.3K
views within 16 hours of broadcast! Presented by
James' set included some new material from his
forthcoming album, as well as some classic songs
from earlier albums, showcasing his Live-Looping
skills, pewter celtic brooch and natty grey
socks. All of these are viewable here, on the Visual Radio Arts
Facebook Page. The multi-camera session
will soon be re-edited and uploaded to Vimeo.
08/09/17 - The last but one of the videos from
Cornbury Festival is now up on James' YouTube channel. A
rockingly psychedelic instrumental with words, Saturn Ruin was captured
live at Cornbury Festival in 2016. Camera work
by Kelvin Skyrme, Royce Skyrme, Yuan
Hollingsworth and Yin Chung Au with audio from
Steven Battersby (of Witney Radio)
On Saturday 30 September James will
perform a Live Streamed event at Soundcheck
in Frome from 8.25pm - presented by www.visualradioarts.co.uk.
12/05/2017 - Two new videos are now up on James' YouTube channel!
First up is Privately Minded - Live at
Cornbury Festival 2016, originally
co-written with Jason Flinter in Bristol.
Camera work by Kelvin Skyrme, Royce Skyrme, Yuan
Hollingsworth and Yin Chung Au with audio from
Steven Battersby (of Witney Radio). More from
that set in due course :-)
Secondly, recorded at The Rose and Crown pub in
Charlbury, Oxfordshire, is James' live-loop version of
Wish You Were Here by the legendary Pink Floyd. The song was
part of a mixed set of covers and originals
performed in front of a (very) live audience and
recorded by Steven Battersby (of Witney Radio) on Saturday
18 February, with a single video camera
adding the visual element.
See the Pink Floyd Night
page for more details of James' renditions
of Pink Floyd's work and upcoming 'Pink Floyd Night'
04/04/2017 - The
first cut from James' recent performance at
the The Rose and Crown pub
in Charlbury, Oxfordshire, is now available on
Click Here to view
James' live-loop version of Shine on you Crazy Diamond
by the legendary Pink Floyd. The song was
part of a mixed set of covers and originals
performed in front of a (very) live audience
and recorded by Steven Battersby (of Witney Radio) on Saturday 18
February, with a single video camera
adding the visual element.
See the Pink Floyd Night
page for more details of James'
renditions of Pink Floyd's work and upcoming 'Pink Floyd Night'
23/03/2017 - Happy Equinox! The Winter was
busy recording-wise, with Jeff France (JEBO
drummer) recording a great performance adding
drums to the McBride and Hollingsworth song 99
Percent. Also, Steven Battersby (of Witney Radio) captured
high quality multi-track audio of James' set
at the Rose and Crown in Charlbury in
February, with a great crowd and nice vid
footage to boot. James has been recording and
processing a lot of new original material,
both acoustic and using his recently upgraded
There are no less than six Pink
Nights in the diary at the moment,
including Saturday 10 June as
part of the Bath Fringe Festival.
Check out the gigs page
for all gigs.
29/11/2016 - We're excited and delighted to
announce that James' fellow JEBO
member, ace drummer Jeff France, will be
adding drums to the McBride and Hollingsworth
song 99 Percent in the new year. This
is the first time James and Jeff will have
worked together since James left the band in
2009, recording sessions are scheduled for
early 2017. The song was inspired by the
Occupy protests in 2011.
Speaking of JEBO, here's James with Jeff and
the band in full flow at Night of the Progs,
Loreley, in 2007 performing "Fire in my Veins"
25/05/2016 - James
will be performing an all-original set at this
year's Bardic Picnic in
Northampton on Sunday 7 August,
shortly before his return to the nearby Althorp
Coaching Inn on Tues 9 Aug, this
will be part of a tour of the Midlands, see
the gigs page for
- Here is the first video from
James' performance on the Riverside
Stage at Cornbury Music
Festival 2016! - Just the Way it
is. Thanks to Kelvin
Skyrme, Royce Skyrme and Yuan
Hollingsworth for video camera-work;
Yin Chung Au for stills photography
and Witney Radio
for high quality raw audio! More
vids being processed including Saturn
Ruin and Some Say...
12/07/2016 - James' performance on
the Riverside Stage at Cornbury Music
Festival 2016 on Sunday 10
July was enthusiastically received,
with some of the best comments
"The best act I've seen all
weekend, including on the main
"I think I can safely say I've
never seen anything quite like
that before... amazing!" - Stage
"You have to be a
jack-of-all-trades to do all that,
I mean - I heard a double bass,
and a strat, drums, and who knows
what else, and it was all just one
guy with an acoustic guitar!"
There were no less than three video
cameras filming James' 40 minute
live-looping set and this footage
will be edited together and combined
with a decent audio recording
courtesy of Witney Radio,
who were on hand to broadcast the
event, watch this space for
10/04/2016 - Check out the new Pink Floyd Night page on
this website with full song list, video links
and history of James' unique tribute show to
the music of Pink Floyd. Please contact James to
book him for your event (check here for availability)
or see the gigs page
for future events :-)
22/03/16 - Equinoctal Greetings to you all!
James' music page
has been updated with 15 more live video
recordings including some previously
unreleased songs and some old favourites all
recorded live, at West Heaton (supporting
Gilmore and Roberts), Burns Night at Tollgate,
The Wunder Bar and Two
Rivers Festival with the Acoustic Band.
Here's to a Springtime for the World in 2016.
17/02/16 - James is confirmed to perform at Cornbury Music Festival 2016
on Sunday 10 July! Other acts on the bill
include headliners Bryan Ferry and Seal as
well as Wilko Johnson, fellow Tantric Jazz
Cafe veteran Jamie Cullum, James Morrison,
Newton Faulkner, The Zombies, Bjorn Again,
Turin Brakes and Soul II Soul (see full line up here),
as well as the usual variety of festival
attractions. James will be playing a 45 minute
'Loop' set on the Riverside stage on Sunday
afternoon, details tbc. Get your tickets here!
03/02/16 - It's a pleasure to annouce that
James already has gigs booked in every month
this year through to December, including Polperro Festival
courtesy of the oldest pub in town! And
there's a bunch of new videos on YouTube:
James Hollingsworth Acoustic Band @ Two
Rivers Festival 2008
Superb performances from Zac Gregory (bass),
Sean McBride (flute) and Sandro Granda (perc)
Faster than Light
Excerpts from Burns Night Parlour Gig
at Tollgate, Monmouthshire 2014:
One of These Days and A
Pillow of Winds (Pink Floyd)
Just the Way It Is
(co-written with Sean McBride 2011)
There's More to Life
Please check out/subscribe to James' YouTube Channel to see
31/12/15 - Wishing you all a creative,
progressive and productive 2016! Three new
videos of James' renditions of Pink Floyd's
music are now available on YouTube!
The beautiful 'Wish you were Here'
(1975), just guitar and voice;
The sublime 'Shine On you Crazy Diamond'
(1975), live loop;
The epic 'Echoes' (1971), live
All songs performed by James Hollingsworth
2015, two as live loops, no pre-recorded
backing tracks, no overdubs, no artificial
additives! Boomerang III Looper and Korg
Book James Hollingsworth's Pink Floyd Night
for your event, or check out the gigs page for future
More original music coming soon :-)
25/11/15 - After a busy summer gigging and
moving house to Frome, Somerset, James has
already started bookings for next year, check
out the gigs page for
details. Also, thanks to the community at Reverb
Nation, James has been in and out of the
Number 1 spot in the Singer/Songwriter Chart
for the Frome area!
James is now taking guitar students in the
Frome area, Contact James if you'd
like to find out more about his approach to
playing guitar, he is a patient and inspiring
Check out James' YouTube Channel, where
the newest video is Faster than Light
- James Hollingsworth Acoustic Band @ Two
Rivers Festival 2008. Backing James up with
superb performances are Zac Gregory
(double-bass), Sean McBride (flute) and Sandro
Granda (percussion). More songs from that set
are in the pipeline, as well as more vids
promoting James' increasingly well-received
solo Pink Floyd Nights: watch
08/04/15 - Excellent work from Jason Flinter with this
video for Clouds begin their Reign,
from James' album Thirteen Moons.
"We didn't want to do a cover but wanted to
show our complete admiration for a band that
has very much inspired us in our music
through the years. So set ourselves a task
of writing songs that RUSH 'could' have
written. Here's our first that 'could' have
been on 'Grace Under Pressure'. And if
Messers Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil
Peart want to cover it, then that's fine!!"
An update on recording sessions for
re-recording 99 Percent with Sean McBride - We're
told that Sean's sax is "now down and sounding
26/02/15 - Recording sessions for re-recording
99 Percent, co-written by James and
Sean McBride are coming along beautifully,
Sean's sax will be the final addition, then
they'll be moving on to Trickledown.
James will be back at the Jenny
Lind in Hastings on Sun 29 March
from 3 pm. It seems amazing that his gig for Ragged
Trousered Folk at the Jenny was only a
year ago! Here's 3 videos on YouTube from last
year's gig, thanks to Acoustic Nations and
Tony Streeter from Ragged Trousered Folk
in Hastings for making it possible:
Ragged Trousered Folk - PART
Ragged Trousered Folk - PART
Ragged Trousered Folk - PART
04/01/15 - New Year Greetings to you all!
After being seen at Seend Acoustic last
year, James has been asked to play a short set
supporting fabulous folk fiddler Phil Beer at The Village Pump Folk Club
in Trowbridge, on Friday 6 March. View
details of the gig here. Meanwhile,
James will be playing a headline set at Seend
Acoustic on Wednesday 4 February.
16/11/14 - James' album of new material Thirteen Moons
now has its own album page, here. The
album has been hailed as his best release to
date and sets a benchmark for the next phase
in James' songwriting career. The album is
also distinguished by having unique artwork
for every copy, see the album page
08/11/14 - Following a busy summer, moving,
gigging and taking a 2-week residential Permaculture Design Course
with Aranya, James has
recorded a batch of cover songs, you can hear
them on YouTube:
Weather with You (Crowded
Wild World (Cat Stevens)
Moondance (Van Morrison)
Human (The Killers)
Pick a Part that's New
Handle with Care
You can view the whole Playlist here.
06/06/2014 - As we come to Summer 2014,
there's loads going for James, with a radio
interview, special event invites, regular gigs and even
the odd Glory-Gig sprinkled into the mix!
He'll be playing completely acoustically at
Goring Unplugged; straight guitar/vocals with
Sean McBride; and playing Songs and
SoundScapes, a full-on solo Loop
set at the Colston Hall in Bristol.
On Sunday 8 June @ The Seven Stars,
Bristol, from 3.00pm, Sean McBride (sax/flute)
and James (guitar/vox) return, joining forces
to offer a set of songs springing from their
differently skewed outlooks on life and
provoking each other's sense of musical
The set will possibly comprise (in no
Just the Way it is (McBride and
Englishman in New York (Sting)
99% (McBride and Hollingsworth, 2011)
Change (McBride and Hollingsworth, 2011)
Walk the Earth (James, 2000)
Privately Minded (Flinter and Hollingsworth,
Monday 9 June @ FromeFM, from 9:00pm,
James features on the Final Frontier show
(96.6FM, or listen online).
"Final Frontier is set
to bring you the cutting edge of the many
and uncountable genres of music, interviews
and exclusive airings of rising stars. We
will focus on the local scene, but might
drift off in any time/spatial direction
imaginable so keep your seat belts on! "
After the enthusiastic reception of his demo
to the hosts, James has released a compilation
album named for the show, with an
appropriately far out choice of songs:
Way Down South
Clouds Begin their Reign
As Ghosts Reveal
This Mote in Heaven
On the Run for Nothing
running time ~ 70 mins
Get the album direct via paypal:
A week later
comes James' set on Saturday 14 June @
Colston Hall, from
6:15pm (Colston Street, Bristol, Bristol. BS1
"Attention original music aficionados - The
sublime talents of James Hollingsworth
awaits your viewing and listening pleasure
at The Colston Hall" - The Song Diner
Hollingsworth performs Songs and
SoundScapes, a free gig in the
foyer before the main act plays in the main
hall: 'Bombay Talkies', a presentation by
percussionist Talvin Singh, a key figure in
the Asian underground club scene."
Please feel free to Tweet and Instagram your
photos and reviews of this show: #colstonhall
and #show57445 @jh0llingsw0rth
together for a week in Switzerland at The Cavern, during the Zermatt
Unplugged Festival, James extra work on
the side, as Lead guitarist and backing
vocalist with Alfie Kington, has been
so successful that they've started a new
dedicated wedding band, The Hot Hats.
performs 'Songs and SoundScapes' Colston Hall
on Saturday 14 June from
So, if you're in Bristol on Monday 23 June 12-3pm,
please come along to support James and Alfie
by dressing up (smart/casual/formal/unique)
and coming to the Filming of their Video, from
12-3 pm at:
The Portcullis (693
Fishponds Road, Fishponds, Bristol. BS16 3UH).
Here's the event on Facebook.
Hope to see you there :-)
On Tuesday 22 July @ The Music Train The Music Train leaves
Bitton Station, a train ride with programmed
live music every Tuesday, both on the train
(adults £3; Children/Concessions £2; Carers
Free.) and (free) in the buffet or marquee
:::: Enjoy a TRAIN RIDE with LIVE MUSIC ::::
Suitable for ALL AGES ::::
The Buffet bar is open until 6.00pm with BBQ
Check out more of James's regular
James Hollingsworth - photo by
| 'Live at the Wunder Bar'
(Adventures in Loopland v2.0) was recorded at
Midsomer Norton's The Wunder Bar, and
comprises 8 of James' entirely original songs,
links are to YouTube versions (photography by
01 - Wundering (4:31)
The Wunder Bar' cd's are £10
02 - Just the Way it Is
(co-written with Sean McBride) (9:29)
03 - Saturn Ruin (8:14)
04 - One Saturday (7:00)
05 - As Ghosts Reveal (8:13)
06 - Faster than Light (7:25)
07 - Sooner or Later (5:21)
08 - Some Say (8:48)
[Total Running Time - 59:21]
"Fascinating one man band James Hollingsworth
comes to Midsomer Norton's Wunderbar tonight.
James conjures some wonderful soundscapes with
guitar effects and loops to create colour and
build the suspense." - Somerset Guardian
The new Live Gigs Playlist on YouTube
includes tracks from Live
at The Wunder Bar, and complete sets Live
at West Heaton (supporting Gilmore and Roberts), Goring
Unplugged and Burns Night at Tollgate 2014 (A
Genuine Company of Excellent Folk! Proper Lighting!
Jocular Scots! Multi-cameras! Neil Young! Spinning Fish!
An occasional distantly barking dog! Celtic Woolly
James has been getting some extra work
as Lead guitarist and backing vocalist with Alfie
Kington, with whom he went to Switzerland in April
to play for 5 nights in a converted cave under a swanky
hotel, The Cavern, during the Zermatt
Unplugged Festival. The trip was such a success that
Alf has been enthusiastically building a new Duo,
initially with James playing a foot-operated Stomp-Box as
well as the guitar/vocals duties, focussing on playing
Weddings. For James' part, he's appreciating Alf taking
care of the business side, leaving more time for playing
his own music, and practising. Moreover, when the new duo
is up and running it will help fund James' original
recording projects! Part of this process has already
resulted in a new list of
James Cover songs on this website.
New Pages on the web: Fandalism (a site for musicians to
network and support each other's creative projects) and Presskit.to for Music Industry and
Also, there are a bunch of new pages on this website,
including Image Galleries, and
James' list of Cover songs!
23/01/2014 - Hoping you're starting the New Year with
Hope, the World is certainly full of change!
After a recharge over the festive season, James is hitting
the ground running. With headline shows booked at the
Acoustic, near Devizes, on Wednesday 5 February,
and devoted Live Music venue, The
Wunder Bar in Midsomer Norton, near Bath, on Thursday
6 February, James is preparing three special sets
comprising two hours of entirely acoustic 'unplugged'
material using multiple instruments and tunings for Seend,
and a 60 minute all-original 'Loop' set for The
Wunder Bar. Both shows will be filmed/recorded, so
please come along!
James and producer John
Burns, who now live in neighbouring villages have
been regularly in touch, and Burns' envaluable influence
was given a boost when he saw James' recent set at a local
pub, "that was phenomenal, Jamesie," the dyslexic
genius Burns observed, "most people won't really
understand just how much skill goes into doing that
looping thingie, but I was watching... you've matured."
John has been distracted by other commitments in recent
months, and he's keen to return to his passion for making
music in 2014. Meanwhile James is continuing to hone his
skills as a player.
It was a busy Autumn for James, and a painful one, since
he fell down a bank whilst collecting wood in October.
Nevertheless, the show must go on, and with the help of
yoga and regular limbering, James bravely soldiered on
through his Pink Floyd Night gig schedule and his
cracked ribs gradually healed in time for his entirely
acoustic performance at Goring Unplugged on Fri 22 Nov,
a 15 minute set, which was filmed with 4 cameras - they
have the tapes, hopefully they'll post it up soon and we
can have a look at it.
We won't have to wait for videos though, since
James' December tours to the North and South
East, were for the most part also filmed,
including James' set at West Heaton First Friday,
supporting BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Katriona Gilmore & Jamie
Roberts, the video for which, watch it here,
has now passed the THRESHOLD OF HOTNESS on
Yet more video news, because Acoustic Nations turned up
with broadcast-quality cameras to film James'
headline set at Ragged Trousered Folk in
Hastings on Wednesday 11 December
(supported by Starscream's Adam Lightspeed).
They may take 4 months to process the video, so
again, more news when we have it :-)
James and his wife have settled into their
cottage in Somerset, enjoying the clean air,
babbling streams and warm hearth. The spirit of
this rural, locally-minded life has inspired
James to play more private house concerts, or Parlour
Gigs, which are also being filmed,
including December's parlour gig at Tollgate in South Wales,
where he's set to play again this weekend
(invites only). Watch the first Tollgate video here
In 2014 James will be getting more focussed on
promotion and touring/filming, look out for more
03/10/2013 - Sandro Granda's video of James playing his
song 'Last Stand' in the picturesque surroundings
of The Forest of Dean has been posted on the New
Musical Express (NME) website: see it here. James says, "Written
in 1989, the song is a plea for environmental awareness
using breath as a metaphor for the will to act, to do
something in the face of the man-made environmental
crisis that has, if anything got worse in the 24 years
since the song's inception. It is great to see NME post
this song, and it must be said that organised
non-violent struggle against Ecocide has become stronger
since 1989 too, especially with the rise of the net.
Here's to a more-connected world - and to Humanity's
whole-hearted acceptance of our ecological
26/09/2013 - check out James' page on the new MySpace
18/09/2013 - Announcing 13 Moons
and Adventures in Loopland v1.0, two new
promo cd's, both issued for promotional purposes, but also
for sale here and at James' gigs.
13 Moons represents a thorough
taster of James' collaborations with Jason
Flinter, JEBO (with
producer John Burns), Sean McBride and Sandro
Granda, along with some choice original Loops. In an
effort to show James' broad range of styles, three popular
tracks from previous albums have been included also, and a
previously unreleased version of Faster than Light.
13 Moons comes with James'
hand-drawn Pictish and Celtic Spirals/Knots on the sleeve.
If you'd like a copy, get it here for £10 (running time is
a monster 73 mins 55 seconds), thanks in advance:
11/03/09 - BRFM
The Vault - Live Video Netcast, will broadcast an
interview with James and a live performance tonight. It will
be repeated at 13.30 on Sunday
15 March and
also go out as a Radio broadcast on 97.3 FM in South
Wales. You can watch the Netcast AGAIN here.
18/02/09 - Tonight James will be live on-air with BCfm Drivetime Show, the local
Bristol Radio station at 18.30 GMT. Also! A new £5 cd is
available - comprising 12 songs hand-picked from the live
favourites so often requested at gigs. It's called Precession
of the Albums and it's a bargain. More details to
08/01/09 - Happy New Year! This site has recently been
updated with Song Pages, including live favourites
One Saturday and Way Down South. James plans
to use these pages to showcase his songs, and as a
platform for expressing the thoughts that inspire him.
Summer Festival bookings are starting to come in including
Two Rivers Festival in
Chepstow on the first weekend in July. All gigs up to
September this year have now been added to the Gigs Page.
04/11/08 - Good News! James received a call this morning
offering a gig at the prestigious St
Georges Hall supporting Cara
Dillon, who Q MAGAZINE describe as having 'Quite
possibly the world's most beautiful female voice.'
The other act fell through, so James is happy to fill in
at the last minute, it's very short notice: tomorrow! Wednesday
5 November. James is on at 7.30pm, tickets are from
£16 in advance (£18 on door), you can book online here. Details are on the gigs page. Meanwhile, James is
planning to upgrade his studio facilities asap so he can
release the second cd of his Eight Your
30/09/08 - Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties,
the second disc of James' first double album is not
ready to be released as scheduled. More details on James' Blog. On a positive note, the
tracks are sounding great!
08/08/08 - the first part of James' new double-album Eight Your
Nature is now available! The first cd is
packed with 80 minutes of archive and live material,
including the much lauded Rumi, which appeared
on the Wayfaring Strangers
cd in the US. It's available for download on Soundclick or click the Buy Now
button to order the cd. CD Two of studio material will be
released in a simple sleeve and booklet to complete the
double-case for all who buy CD One during the initial
first 8 weeks. The mp3 cd of 8 albums will be released
with the second phase so that it may include this
22 July 2008 - James had a great live review this month in
Ocelot, you can read it here.
The acoustic band's performance at Priddy
Folk Festival on July 13 was brilliantly
received to great anticipation from a large gathering of
festival goers. The band will be playing more gigs after a
period in the studio.
James has announced the release of his 8th album, entitled
'Eight Your Nature', which will be an album of 8
songs released on 08/08/08. Continuing with the concept
heralded by 'Seventh String' on 07/07/07 (with 7 songs),
James plans to release similar projects until 12/12/2012.
There will be a close artistic/symbolic harmony of
artwork, and musical and lyrical content (both personally
and culturally) with each of these 'numerical' releases.
The 'Eight Your Nature' album will be released in
two phases, separated by an eight-week interval (marked by
the eighth day of the concurrent Mayan Calendar month).
The initial release will include a double-CD case with one
CD packed with live recordings, archive material and
demo's of songs to be included on the second CD which will
later complete the double-album. Actually there will be 8
albums on 08/08/08, as James will also be releasing all 8
of his solo albums to date on a single mp3 CD [nb
please see news on 08/08/08. Meanwhile, the originally
planned follow-up to Coming Home to Stay will be
released at a still later date...].
30 May 2008 - James' music is now available for a
limited time only for FREE download (in the
USA only, sorry) from Amie Street! Also, you can claim
a $5 electronic "gift card" <= click the
link to download James' music or songs from
tens of thousands of other independent artists. It's a
promotional thing... make use of it while ye may!
10 May 2008 - Final confirmation of Wayfaring
Strangers - Tim Buckley Sessions, a double bill with
Mandrake Project at Bath
Fringe Festival's wonderful Spiegel Tent have been
announced, the date being Tuesday 27 May. James will be
playing a set of songs by the late, great Tim
Buckley with Sandro Granda (percussion), Zac
Gregory (double bass) and Danny Shayler (Chris Jagger's lead
guitarist). Also confirmed for the acoustic band (without
Danny but with Sean McBride on flute/sax) are
Friday 4 July @ Two Rivers Festival in
Chepstow and Sunday 13 July @ Priddy
Folk Festival. See the gigs
page for details.
James' album Coming Home to Stay is now
available for high quality download (320 kbps) at Tune Tribe.
19 March 2008 - James has a new interview posted on the
TSM Radio website - it's here. Also! There are new
videos on the images page AND
have signed a deal with Öettemusic
in Germany, who do everything a record company do except
force musicians to sell their grandmothers' furniture in
order to pay for 'costs'. JEBO will give finished albums
to Öettemusic, who will take a reasonable cut of the
proceeds from their marketing and sales efforts. We can
confirm that Champagne was involved in closing the deal.
James' acoustic band is shaping up with the addition of
Zac Gregory on Double Bass - the set at Priddy
Folk Festival will include this new line-up.
Meanwhile work proceeds on James' new album, which will
include many new tracks as well as live favourites There's
more to Life, Wondering where you're going
and Time Rolls On.
31 January 2008 - James' song Way Down South, from
the album Coming
Home to Stay has reached number 3 in the Soundclick Acoustic Rock Chart.
listen to this song!
28 January 2008 - Steve Parkhouse has kindly asked James
to be his guest live on air and sing a few tunes tomorrow
(Tuesday 29 January) at about 1 pm (UK Time) on BCFM
(Bristol Community Radio FM). If you are in the Bristol
area you can tune in on 93.2 FM and the rest of the World
can listen online here. The show will be
repeated the following morning at 1:00 UK time (8:00 pm US
Eastern Time). Click here for Time Zones.
31 December 2007 - James' interview with Xavier Panades
is now up on the Bristol Rocks Website!
New Year message from James: "Thank you all for
your support in 2007! It's been a great year for me. I
released 2 solo cd's (and produced Xavier's), relaunched
this website and played many gigs including top venues
such as Loreley with JEBO
and a solo support for Hazel O'Connor at the Roses
Theatre in Tewkesbury. Plus my online Plays with
Soundclick increased from 4,644 in the year 2006 to
21,891 in 2007... with the new JEBO album in progress
and several solo festival dates already confirmed, 2008
looks set to be interesting! Happy New Year to you all!
Peace, Peace, Peace!"
21 November 2007 - James' song Way Down South,
from the album Coming Home to Stay has been
made mp3 of the week on Lemonrock
live music website, AND has reached number 4 in the Soundclick Acoustic Rock Chart.
listen to this song!
16 November 2007 - Current holder of the office of Bard of Bath, Ash Mandrake, asked James to be one
of the 3 or 4 judges of the competition to elect the 12th
Bard of Bath on Saturday 8
December at Invention Arts Centre, Bath. Each
Bard holds the position for 12 months. Of course, James is
delighted to be asked, and pleased to accept the honour of
being on the panel. ps the new Bard of Bath is Thommie
8 November 2007 - The support for Hazel
O'Connor (Breaking Glass) on Sunday 4 November
Theatre in Tewkesbury was a great success, there was
a long queue of good people waiting to buy James' CD's,
sign up to the email list, and
offer congratulations. The promoter at the Theatre invited
James to return and also, in his capacity as a
tour-manager, to support a well-known artist on their
forthcoming UK tour (subject to this artist's approval).
Hazel and her band were most welcoming as were the crew.
In fact, Hazel playfully taunted James that his dressing
room was haunted with the ghost of comic genius Eric Morecombe who had his third and
final heart-attack there 1984. Thankfully
ill-circumstances did not repeat themselves and, perhaps
rather disappointingly, no comic poltergeist activity was
16 October 2007 - The site was updated to include the
first compilation album from Open Mike Cafe, which
includes James' song Cast Down from the Skies
(from the 2007 album Coming
Home to Stay)
15 October 2007 - The site was updated to include the
compilation album Art
for Lands Sake, which includes James' song Still
Lights up the Rain (from the 2007 album Coming Home to Stay)
and a track by the legendary Rory
McLeod. The CD is a fund-raising venture for the
buying of land to be nurtured using the methods of Permaculture.
18 September 2007 - the Promo and Gigs pages have been updated with
loads of ideas on how you can help promote James' music
and gigs. There's info on posting album reviews, printing
posters, and html code for posting banners if you have a
MySpace profile (or similar).
27 August 2007 - message from James - "apologies to anyone
out there in the world who's never even heard of me for
receiving spam from the jameshollingsworth.com domain
recently. I know that this has nothing to do with my email
list by the way, I do not share that information with
anybody! It's not a virus either. I only know it's been
going on because I've received more than a 1500 returned
emails from System Administrators in two enormous batches.
This gives an idea of how many emails went out originally,
but no idea about who's using my web-identity as a
return-path. Hopefully, the new contact page will protect
me from such things in future."
11 August 2007 - the support slot has now been confirmed
for Hazel O'Connor (Breaking Glass) on Sunday 4 November
Theatre in Tewkesbury. James will play a 30 minute
set to open the show. See the Gigs page for details.
28 July 2007 - James has recently returned from a tour in
Germany with JEBO which included a show at Loreley, supporting ASIA, Jethro
Tull and Fish. The trip was very successful, firmly
establishing JEBO with their target audience.
There's a tour blog kindly hosted by Bristol Rocks. Check out this video
of the band's performance on YouTube!
7 July 2007 - James' new album, Seventh String
22 June 2007 - this Website was relaunched.
The new site features a redesigned song-page with lyrics,
and clips (full-length versions of are available for
high-quality download at a small charge on many sites
around the world including i-Tunes, Woven Wheat Whispers and
Soundclick), song and lyric pages, artwork, photo's and
much more added content. The concept of including track
dates on all of James' album releases as part of the
biographical record of his catalogue been included on the
“This has always been a plan,” James says, “songs often
shed light on the meaning of other songs written at that
time. As the website grows, it will relate and link the
song pages together, not just showing songs listed in
order of the album they were released with, but also
showing them in chronological order of their initial
inspiration. This is one of the advantages of the web –
it's a dynamic medium and I plan to use it to present my
body of work not just an advertising space for buying
music, but as an integrated kind of 'gallery space',
almost as a piece of art in its own right."
On Friday 1 June at 18.20 GMT James had another BBC
interview, this time on BBC Radio Somerset's Drive
programme with Jess Rudkin, who probed James
regarding his art-driven approach to songwriting.
James has written a review of a recent benefit gig for the
the War Coalition - it's here.
Sooner or Later, reached number 4 (out of 10,450+)
in the Soundclick Acoustic Folk chart.
Click here to hear the track - join for
free and vote!
Listen online to James' second BBC interview which took
place live on air on Saturday 28 October 2006 with the
lovely Faye Hatcher on BBC Radio Gloucestershire. James
reports he enjoyed the interview which included him
landing a job as a Traffic Bulletin announcer. Listen to
the whole interview here! Alternatively, you can
listen to just James' performance of his song, One
appearance at The Royal Albert Hall in April 2005,
supporting The Musical Box firmly established
the band as one to watch. JEBO
were asked to support The
Musical Box again at the end of February 2006 at
Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall.