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In Modern History [CD]

Jim Moray Audio CD
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Jim Moray has always caused a stir. When he first appeared on the folk music radar ten or so years back as a self-styled 'techno-traditionalist. In 2003 Sweet England was described by Uncut as "the most significant new development in English folk music since Fairport Convention's Liege & Lief", while last year's Low Culture scooped the uber-prestigious Album Of The Year gong in folk bible fRoots in 2009, for "Low Culture"; But it's never radicalism for radicalism's sake. Jim picks his moves carefully, updating the tradition with restraint.

Never one to stay out of the headlines for long - Jim has pre-released his fourth studio album, "In Modern History" exclusively through the June issue of Songlines magazine. Never a musician to stick to prescribed routes, Moray's world exclusive partnership with Songlines saw him join only a handful of artists to pre-release in this way, including, Prince, McFly, and Ray Davies.

Following three studio albums that have inspired controversy as well as critical acclaim - His fourth, "In Modern History" - is another, defiant, and absolutely unique and individual piece of work! Traditional and original songs - arranged, played, recorded, engineered by Jim.......but listen out for exquisite support from sibling, and leading folk artist - Jackie Oates, (Hard) as well as guest appearances from Eliza Carthy, (William Taylor) and the stunning vocal duet with Hannah Peel (Unthanks) on Jenny Of The Moor.

Review

He's still one of the folk scene's great originals - ****
-- The Guardian, 18/06/2010

Moray layers the synthetic and organic to brilliant effect...a compelling landmark in contemporary folk. -- Independent On Sunday, 20/06/2010 - Album of the Week.

The best album of the year came from Jim Moray, whose classy and experimental Low Culture made use of anything from African kora to hip-hop -- The Guardian

There's subtle sweetness alongside the bitterness and bite. There's also beauty, beastliness and weirdness. Alluring - **** -- Daily Mirror, June 2010

Those who feel that the folk idiom has nothing to express to the truly modern and young should acquire a Jim Moray album forthwith -- The Independent

About the Artist

On first hearing, Sweet England is startling. By the tenth listen, it's a revolutionary experience. HMV Choice Jim Moray is a 27 year old singer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer who has created startlingly contemporary recordings of England s traditional songs which have been described as the most significant development in folk music in the last 30 years. Since graduating from Birmingham Conservatoire in summer 2003, Jim Moray has caused a revolution in the folk world with a series of award-winning albums and a developing career as a producer. At the age of 21, Jim Moray released his debut album Sweet England on his own unlikely named Niblick-Is-A-Giraffe Records. Just a month before he had completed the final year of his music degree at Birmingham Conservatoire, submitting the album as his final project recording it for next to nothing in a bedroom studio made up of equipment bought with his student loan. He had played virtually every instrument himself adding in just a few pieces performed by fellow students. He had also engineered, arranged and produced the songs, learning how to record as he went along. The final album was causing waves even before it was released. The reinvention of folk music. Jim Moray s debut CD, a word-of-mouth sensation, is the biggest leap forward in folk for 30 years. The Telegraph Hailed as the future of British folk, 21 year old Jim Moray is exciting the open-minded and upsetting the more myopic folk traditionalists with his remarkable album Sweet England. Billboard, US Moray s inventive rearrangement of such familiar ballads as Early One Morning and Raggle Taggle Gypsies may just be the most significant new development in English folk music since Fairport Convention s Liege and Leif. Uncut Since then Jim has gone from performing in local folk clubs to playing the main stage at Cambridge Folk Festival, Sidmouth Folk Festival, WOMAD and beyond. He has been featured in The Independent, Guardian, Mojo, The Telegraph, Uncut and The Times and reviewed in countless other publications here and abroad. He has performed radio sessions and been interviewed on BBC Radio 2, 3. 4 and 6Music and been featured on TV several times including on the landmark BBC4 Folk Britannia series. He has also had his music featured on the trailer for ITV s drama Murder City. He has toured in the UK, Benelux, Australia and Canada. In February 2004 Jim received both the Horizon Award as best newcomer and the prestigious Album Of The Year Award for Sweet England at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. He has followed Sweet England with two further album Jim Moray (2006) and Low Culture (2008) which went on to win the fRoots Critics Poll Album of the Year Award, Mojo s Folk Album of the Year and gain him three nominations in the BBC Folk Awards 2009. The best album of the year came from Jim Moray, whose classy and experimental Low Culture made use of anything from African kora to hip-hop. The Guardian Those who feel that the folk idiom has nothing to express to the truly modern and young should acquire this album forthwith...This is a genuinely fabulous record. The Independent On Sunday, 13th July 2008 Jim has also produced albums for James Raynard, Wheeler Street and Jackie Oates
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