Jim Malcolm, a Scottish folk singer and songwriter who plays guitar and harmonica while employing storytelling and Scottish wit, is making a return to Prescott for the Prescott Celtic Concert Series.
He has been a series mainstay for around 10 years, first performing as the lead singer for Old Blind Dogs before coming solo for the last five or six years, said series director David McNabb. Not only does he come in the fall of every year, he usually starts his tours off with Prescott, McNabb said.
Malcolm has built up a good following of loyal fans in Prescott with his humor and his great stage presence, McNabb said.
“You’re going for the music and the comedy,” McNabb said. “He makes you feel right at home.”
Malcolm is a songwriter as well. Half of the songs he is going to perform are ones he has written, while the other half are going to be traditional, McNabb said.
McNabb said Malcolm is one of the best singers out there, adding that an American equivalent to him would be Bob Dylan.
Malcolm has been a professional musician since his graduation from Edinburgh University, and he has performed throughout Scotland. A number of artists have performed and recorded his work including Kate Rusby with The Poozies, Beppe Gambetta from Italy, The McCalmans and Alyth McCormack.
In 2004, Malcolm was voted songwriter of the year at the annual Scots Trad Music Awards and is the most-nominated Scots singer for the Scots Singer of the Year Award. Additionally, in 2011, he performed some of his own songs with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at a sold-out concert at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.
Opening the show is Michael McClanathan, who is Arizona’s premiere bagpiper.
“He’s the best piper in Arizona,” McNabb said.
The show at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave., begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for college students and free for youth 19 and younger and are available at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
For more information about the concert, call McNabb at 928-771-1218.