“warm-toned double bass contributions perfectly underpin the others” – Paul Burgess, Living Tradition
“James Lindsay (Breabach) provides a sensitive and grooving bass that leads the swell of melodies from beneath.” Kitty Macfarlane, Pop up folk
In-demand scottish upright & electric bass player, James Lindsay has performed across the globe from the UK to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, South Korea & the USA and has appeared on numerous albums, radio & TV shows whilst also holding down a solid career in music education and community work.
Brought up on a healthy diet of progressive rock, hip hop and the Beatles; James picked up the bass guitar at age 13 and quickly developed a serious passion for the instrument and the live music scene in Aberdeenshire. With this exposure to the diverse musicianship in the area alongside his music education in school, it wasn’t long before his horizons began to broaden and an interest in jazz, folk & classical music was kindled. Taking up the upright bass a few years later opened up more doors and gave him vital experience in school orchestra and local jazz groups.
After school James relocated to Glasgow and gained a 1st class BA honours degree in music & classical double bass performance at Strathclyde University. The move provided him the opportunity to get involved with the burgeoning roots music & jazz scenes in the city and it was here he was invited to join award winning scottish folk group Breabach. Some of their notable live performances include the Sydney Opera House, Central Park New York, Woodford Folk Festival Australia, WOMAD New Zealand & Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Session work has seen James record on over 20 albums to date (working with producers such as Jerry Boys, Kris Drever & Andy Thorburn), perform live with many amazing artists (Bella Hardy, Emily Smith, Findlay Napier, Mike Vass, Man’s Ruin, amongst others) and appear on numerous TV and Radio spots (including the BBC Hogmanay Show, BBC drama Shetland, BBC Radio 3, ABC National Australia & CBC Canada). As a composer he was awarded the Martyn Bennett Prize for traditional music composition in 2014 has had original works performed by Mr McFall’s Chamber, TMSA young trad tour & Breabach.
Alongside tutoring privately and at schools in Scotland, James has also given bass and music group workshops throughout the UK & Australia. As well as this he spends time working with community projects such as Perth’s celtic youth big band ‘The Gordon Duncan Experience’ and bringing live music to vulnerable sections of society through the worldwide ‘Live Music Now’ project.