James Findlay is a Dorset based traditional singer, fiddler and guitarist. He started playing the fiddle at about eight years old while living in Dorset, and guitar at the age of fifteen. Coming from a musical family, he is influenced by all genres of music; his love lies in traditional English folk music and ballads, his presentation and musical style being inspired by guitarist Nic Jones, and singers such as The Watersons. James was the winner in the ‘New Roots’ national competition for up-and-coming folk performers in 2008 and also won the 2010 BBC Young Folk Award final at the BBC Theatre in December 2009.
James has been described in the press as ‘The new Seth Lakeman’ (a comparison he dislikes!).
James may be found playing in various music sessions in the Dorset area, notably at the Blue Raddle pub in Dorchester on the 1st Wednesday of the month, and at the Brewers Arms in Martinstown on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. These sessions are run jointly with Jerry Bird, with whom James plays frequently as the duo known as Fingers ‘n’ Fretz. James also performs frequently with the Dyer/Cummings band at festivals and concerts in and around Dorset. Visit James’ myspace