About James

James Findlay first came into the public eye after winning the 2010 BBC Young Folk award. James comes from a family of folk singers and his enthusiasm lies firmly within the English tradition. He is particularly passionate about songs from his home counties of Dorset and Somerset. James has an extensive repertoire and love for song. This really shows in his knowledge and understanding of the material.

“Bloody hell, what a voice! He’s warmly charismatic with that sparkle of personality that draws a crowd along with him.”

Jon Boden

“He’s got an appositively brilliant voice that lad. It’s not just soft and mellow, it has a lot of depth and a lot of passion to it. Love his stuff.”

Mike Harding

Recent Projects

  • ‘Tolpuddle Man’ by Graham Moore, Acting/Musician/Co-Director
  • Played Evans and Cartwright in the Stage adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' novel Birdsong in 2015-2018, Acting/Touring Musical Director
  • Recorded and toured an album of 'The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs' with Lucy Ward, Bella Hardy, Brian Peters and Jacki Oats.
  • Worked with the British Council's Folk Nations Project in India 2014.
  • Played 'Little Musgrave' in Jon Boden's folk opera 'Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard’ 2013.
  • Fellside signed artist of three highly acclaimed albums.
  • Another Day, Another Story nominated for 'Best Folk Album 2013' in the Spiral Earth Awards.
  • Mojo Top Ten Folk Albums in 2012 with Sport & Play
  • Winner of the BBC Young Folk Award 2010.

Pictured below, James as Cartwright in Birdsong: