It’s hard to believe Jim Moray has been on the scene for more than a decade, but 2013 sees him celebrating ten years since the release of his debut album, Sweet England.
That album saw Moray praised as a new folk innovator. His stance – that there’s no need to isolate folk music from other genres – seems (like many a good point) obvious in retrospect, but he has undoubtedly helped inspire the current golden generation of young folk musicians doing something different – often directly, through his work as a producer.
Moray has given us folk songs with dancey treatments (Seeds of Love), old-school rock and roll workovers (Hog Eye Man), dramatic orchestral arrangements (The Lowlands of Holland), and much more. Then there’s the still-startling Lucy Wan – a traditional tale of incest and murder given a dubstep-style beat and a guest interlude from rapper Bubbz.
Last year, Moray released Skulk – his best album yet. More acoustic and perhaps warmer than his previous work, the album’s centrepiece is the stunning, seven-minute-long Lord Douglas, which deservedly picked up the gong for best traditional track at the Radio 2 Folk Awards this year.
Moray likes to present his music in as an interesting a way as he arranges it, so this show should be worth seeing.