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Archive: Clan Piper Jimi McRae Nominated for Award
8 November 2004
The Clan MacRae's very own piper, Jimi McRae, is one of forty five emerging UK recording artists nominated for an ATOM award by the Performing Rights Society – The National body responsible for royalty payments to music composers and performers.

A total of fifteen nominees will be selected as winners and each will receive a cash prize of £1500.

Stuart Fleming, full time PRS representative in Scotland, said he had been a fan of Jimi’s music since first witnessing The Jimi McRae Band perform at T-In The Park in 2003.

“The strength of Jimi’s original compositions, which in my opinion owe as much to the piping traditions of Turkey, Bulgaria and Morocco as they do to those from Scotland, have won the imagination almost all who have heard him”, he said.

Mr Fleming also revealed that The Jimi McRae Band were the only act from over 300 applicants to be unanimously chosen to appear on The PRS Fringe Sunday stage at The Edinburgh Festival in August.

He added, “That the judging panel of eleven people was made up of mainly Indie led journalists, record label owners and organisations show something of the appeal which Jimi has”.

Jimi (38), originally from Galashiels and known as Jimi the Piper, began writing music after being involved in a serious motorcycle accident in the 1990’s. For several years afterwards he made his living as a street busker in the capital and towns and cities around Scotland.

The Jimi McRae Band will be supporting Lulu at Stirling Castle this Hogmanay. The band is due to release a new album – Jimi’s third – on the Offbeat Scotland label early next year.

UPDATE: Jimi wins award

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