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Award-winning Stafford folk musician returns to roots

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 15, 2014

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AWARD-winning Stafford folk musician Jim Moray will be back in town for a return gig at the Gatehouse in July.

Winner of five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, after five ground-breaking albums he now finds himself at the forefront of a new folk revival in the UK and hailed as a pivotal influence by a new generation of folk musicians.

In 2013 he celebrated both 10 years since his landmark debut album Sweet England and the success of his 2012 career best Skulk. Now he brings material from his forthcoming album of traditional ballads out on the road for an evening of storytelling music at its best.

He graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2003 and went on to cause a revolution with his album Sweet England, which was produced as part of his final year project for his music degree.

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The album was recorded in a bedroom studio made up of equipment purchased with his student loan and he played virtually every instrument on the album, with just a few pieces added in by fellow students.

He scooped the Album of the Year title at the 2004 Radio 2 Folk Awards and has gone from performing in local folk clubs to the main stage of the Cambridge Folk Festival.

He also received the Horizon Award for Best Newcomer and was nominated for the Best Traditional Track at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2005 for Cuckoo's Nest, which was recorded with the Oysterband.

He will be live on stage at the Gatehouse at 8pm on Monday, July 7. For ticket information call 01785 254653.

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