February 3, 2024
Traditional and contemporary Scottish folk songs with guitar and harmonica.
Jim Malcolm is one of Scotland’s finest singer/songwriters. He was the lead singer of the Scottish band Old Blind Dogs for seven years and is now focusing on his singer-songwriter music. With Jim Malcolm you can expect to hear traditional songs and ballads, his own compositions, and compelling stories, told both through singing and on their own.
Susie Malcolm is an award-winning singer with a special knowledge of the musical traditions of North East Scotland. She was the first woman ever to win a singing competition for Bothy Ballads, agricultural songs, and has been singing in folk clubs and at festivals around Scotland since her early 20s. She has one solo CD to her credit and has sung harmonies on ten of Jim’s CDs. With their children having achieved the age of independence, Susie is able to join Jim on the road.
"Jim and Susie Malcolm’s The Berries (2020) is an exquisite album of Scottish folk music. This is a record of harmony, in which Jim’s Scottish porridge-pure vocals blend effortlessly with Susie’s ability (much like the great Linda Thompson) to touch the pathos in the minor moments of any tune.
"To be fair, Jim Malcolm has recorded countless records of Scottish beauty. But the added voice of his wife, Susie, simply drips more colour (and sincere talent) into the canvas of any palette. Truly, this album sings with Caledonian soul. And, as (the great) Dick Gaughan once sang, “Let friendship and honour unite/And flourish on both sides of the Tweed’.
"Yeah, this lovely album does something like that."