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A singer and multi-instrumentalist, Jim Moray is primarily known for being a recording and performance artist who plays in the folk style. Born in 1981, the musician is also an established record producer, having worked with many other folk artists. Originally from Macclesfield, Moray was born Douglas Oates. Along with his traditional style, the performer also operates in the sub-genres of folk rock and of experimental folk. Although he is mostly known by music fans for his vocals and guitar playing style, Moray is also equally at home accompanying himself at the keyboard. He can also play the drums and the bass guitar at a professional level. As a folk musician, Moray also often adds melodeon sounds – another instrument he plays – to his arrangements.
Jim Moray's early career
It was in 2002 that Moray first unleashed a recording of his take on English folk music onto the public. While a student of music at the Birmingham Conservatoire, he put out an EP named I am Jim Moray. This work led to him being invited to take the stage at the Glastonbury festival that summer. The musician also appeared at the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival, following the release of I am Jim Moray. As a result of his early success as both a recording artist and a live performer, Moray was named as the recipient of the Horizon Award for up-and-coming artists at the 2003 BBC Radio 2 Folk Music Awards.
Still a student, Moray went on to work on his follow-up record. This was a full-length studio album that came out soon after he graduated; much of the work having been completed during his final term. Sweet England was critically acclaimed by many folk music fans, not only because of the quality of its music and electronic touches but because the production values were so high – something of an achievement, considering Moray had recorded and mixed it from his bedroom. It went on to win Album of the Year at the next Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Jim Moray's breakthrough and collaborative work
Soon afterwards, Moray went on to start recording with other artists. For example, he appeared on an Oysterband recording in 2004. Their versions of “Cuckoo’s Nest”, a traditional song featuring Moray, won several more Folk Award nominations. A new album came out in 2006, with a fuller arrangement style than Sweet England. This was followed up by Low Culture in 2008. This work expanded on the traditional concept of what an English folk album might be, from a production point of view. It featured African instruments, such as the mbira and the kora, for example. In 2012, the artist self-released Skulk, a new LP, on Bandcamp. It was an immediate number one hit on that website, despite not really being promoted at all, marking the devoted following Moray had established for himself since his debut.
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