GENRE: BLUES / JAZZ / COUNTRY
Jim, who also goes by the name Mirage, has been playing guitar for 45 years. He was born in Vancouver and has been living in Kimberley since 1983. Like most of his generation he was inspired by the music of “The Beatles”. He began guitar lessons at the age of 13 and learnt classical guitar by watching weekly lessons on a TV show hosted by Frederick Noad.
He recently retired from the Crestbrook pulp mill operation and is spending his spare time attending music festivals and further polishing his unique style. He is impressed by the up and coming young guitarist of the day. Particularly artists such as Eric Mongrain with his use of extensive tapping and percussive techniques.
He sings and plays acoustic guitar in a Blues / Jazz / Country roots style that includes some pretty unique arrangements of such well known tunes as “St. James Infirmary”, “How Long Blues”, “Can’t You See” (Marshall Tucker), “Good Hearted Woman”, “Freight Train“, “Deep River Blues” and “Tobacco Road”. He also plays some ragtime, interpretations of classical pieces and arrangements of original compositions. He has been playing in local restaurants, coffee houses (including many performances at Centre 64’s HOME GROWN) and private parties.
A small sample of his playing can be found by going to YouTube and searching for “Mother’s Day at Bear’s Eatery”.
Jim can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and his website is www.miragetunes.com