Originally Published: October 22, 2009 10 p.m.
With a voice as clear, pure and soothing as the sound of water flowing in a brook, Scottish vocalist Jim Malcolm is bound to delight the audience during his performance in Prescott on Friday, Oct. 30.
Malcolm, once dubbed "the new male voice of Scotland," will be in concert at 7 p.m. at the Light and Life Methodist Church, 2797 Willow Creek Road. Tickets are $15 each and are available in advance from the Celtic Crossings Pub at Gateway Mall or at the door. For information, call David McNabb at 771-1218.
Malcolm grew up in Perthshire and Angus amid the traditional music of his homeland. He took up guitar when he was in school and, by the time he was in his early 20s, he was a songwriter playing in folk clubs throughout Scotland.
He quickly became another star in the firmament and his career has soared. His first solo album, Sconeward, won critics' acclaim and brought bookings at folk clubs and festivals at home and abroad. His career as a male solo artist has taken him on tours for two decades, singing his own prizewinning songs about contemporary and historical Scotland before audiences around the world.
Malcolm's awards are many and his CDs are among top sellers. In 1999, he joined one of Scotland's most popular international folk acts, the Old Blind Dogs from northeast Scotland, and has traveled with them in Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Germany, the United States, Canada and Bulgaria. In addition, he has toured solo in numerous countries and often appeared on television programs.
McNabb, who organizes the Prescott Celtic Concert Series, is the sponsor of Malcolm's performance, and calls the Scottish singer one of that country's finest and the "Bob Dylan of Scotland."
Besides the two singers' artistic talent, Dylan and Malcolm have in common enchantment with Romantic poet and songwriter Robert Burns, whose 250th birthday is this year. Dylan has named the "Bard of Scotland" his own greatest inspiration.
Malcolm, too, has found a muse in Burns. His fifth solo album, "Tam O'Shanter," which came out in 2005, includes his epic 15-minute musical version of Burns' poem, and his seventh solo CD, "Acquaintance," is a collection of well-known Burns songs.
Malcolm's 2009 concerts often pay homage to Burns and the 250th anniversary of his birth. This fall, he filmed his first DVD in front of a live audience in Perth, dressed up as Burns, singing his songs and telling some "dubious" stories about the man's life and works. McNabb said that during the second half of Malcolm's performance in Prescott, he will come out as Robert Burns again.
For those who would like a preview of Malcolm and his music, log on to his website, www.jimmalcolm.com, or find him on YouTube.