Hot on the heels of his acclaimed fifth album, folk artist Jim Moray - "arguably Bristol's most feted musician" (Julian Owen, Venue) - returns to the Fleece on July the 20th to launch his new big band.
Tickets available from www.thefleece.co.uk
Jim has also just been announced as Patron of Folk By The Oak, the excellent one day festival at Hatfield House on Sunday 22 July, Jim says 'I'm really excited that I've just been asked to be the new patron of Folk By The Oak in Hatfield. I'll be MCing the main stage and DJing music between the acts this year as part of my patronship.'
The album Skulk was released in April, receiving glowing broadsheet reviews across the board and going straight in at number one on Amazon's Folk and World bestsellers list. Widely regarded as one of the leading figures in the new English folk music revival, Jim Moray has ploughed his own idiosyncratic furrow across five albums of traditional songs mixed with jazz, rock and electronica, winning the fRoots Critics Poll, Mojo Folk Album Of The Year, and three BBC Folk Awards in the process. He has toured alongside Richard Thompson, Ani Di Franco, Oysterband and Eliza Carthy, and taken his music to audiences in Australia, Vietnam, North America and Mainland Europe.
After returning to his folk club roots for a well-received solo acoustic tour this spring, this rare hometown show will be the only full-band gig of the year outside of festivals, and will feature an eight-piece line up including his sister Jackie Oates - an established artist in her own right and member of The Imagined Village collective.
Jim Moray Band, 20th July, The Fleece, 12 Thomas Street, Bristol. http://www.thefleece.co.uk/