PRESCOTT - Who needs a fiddle when you can play harp like Jim Malcolm?
The singer-songwriter voted Songwriter of the Year at the Scots Traditional Music Awards in 2004 comes directly from Scotland to play at Sharlot Hall Museum's Blue Rose Theater on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.
Hailed by critics for his songwriting, vocal delivery, harmonica and guitar playing, Malcolm released his sixth solo CD, "Acquaintance," in January, which is a collection of songs by Scot poet Robert Burns.
The former lead singer, guitarist and harmonica player of the Old Blind Dogs got his start hosting the open stage at the Edinburgh Folk Festival in the mid-'90s.
Malcolm made headway with his first solo album, "Sconeward," for which he was recognized as "the new male voice of Scotland" by Radio Scotland. He subsequently appeared on a number of television and radio programs, and in a documentary made about his work with vocalist Jim Reid.
Malcolm joined the Old Blind Dogs in 1999, touring around the world while continuing to release his solo work. Malcolm quit the OBDs in 2006 to focus on solo efforts and home life.
"He's just a great talent. He's a great singer. He and Andy M. Stewart are, I believe, the two best singers from Scotland," said Dave McNabb, host of the Celtic Corner radio program.
Tickets are $15, $12 in advance and $10 for students.
Advance tickets are available at the Sharlot Hall Museum, Celtic Crossings, Guitar Heaven in Prescott Valley and I'm Game in Chino Valley.
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