James Mackintosh

James is a founding member of groundbreaking Scottish group Shooglenifty, touring globally for 25 years, playing concerts and festivals in New Zealand, Australia , Europe, The USA, Canada and Asia. He is also Co founder of label “Shoogle Records”. Shoogle records have released several CD’s to date, see www.shoogle.com

He has extensive teaching and workshop experience in drums, percussion and group work, notably during the award winning “Blazin in Beauly” fiddle week, and hosting workshops at concerts and festivals around the globe, from Seattle to Sydney.

James holds the post of Music Advocate with CABN, where he delivers one on one advice sessions, as well as organising and hosting advice and networking days entitled “How Music Works” at the Heart of Hawick .Several speakers and practitioners from various organisations such as the Musician’s Union and the Performing Rights Society give peer advice and talks. CABN : Creative Arts Business Network

James has taken part in various projects with “Makin Trad,” a Borders based music initiative funded by YMI, as a percussion tutor and Recording engineer, introducing and helping young borders musicians understand home recording techniques and technology.

His work is complemented with roles as the touring composer and musician with X Factor Dance Company, Plan B dance company, Dundee Rep and Edinburgh’s Dance Base.

As a popular 'House Band' percussionist, James gigs regularly with Jerry Douglas, Roseanne Cash, James Taylor, Martha Wainwright, Donal Lunny, Karen Matheson, Joan Osborne and Sharon Shannon amongst many others in the Pelicula Films productions of “ Transatlantic Sessions 3” and “Transatlantic Sessions 4” and forethcoming “Transatlantic Sessions 5.”

Other Television appearances include three times house band drummer on the BBC’s nationwide New Year celebrations ( 2000,2004, 2009) and one on Scottish Televisions equivalent show in 2009. House percussionist for Bafta award winning “Tacsi “ UK television series and subsequent CD release.

Numerous recordings and tours throughout Scotland , the UK, Europe, Scandanavia, Asia and North America over the last two decades with bands such as Capercaillie , Mouth Music ( two Billboard top ten world music albums), The Micheal Mcgoldrick Band , Mr McFall’s Chamber, Blazin Fiddles, Afro Celt Sound System and The String Sisters, working with Liz Carrol from The USA , Annbjorg Lien from Norway, and numerous other luminaries from the Celtic music scene.Recently I had the pleasure of contributing percussion to Nicola Benedetti’s latest cd release.
I have performed in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Womadelaide , the Kennedy Centre, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and Borneo’s Sarawak Rainforest Music Festival amongst many others.

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Mr McFall’s Chamber is a registered charity: SC028348

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