Born into a family actively involved in the local Scottish Country Dance scene, James grew up surrounded by a love of Scottish music and culture. His first piano lessons were with his grandmother, who played for his parents’ dance classes, and he later took up the accordion. He danced from birth (he had no choice!) and was director of the first RSCDS Spring Fling.
James has released CDs with Susie Petrov, Laura Risk, Andrew Lyon and his band Scottish Measure, Gregor Borland, and Keith Smith. His solo album Piano Dance features the “hit singles” for the dances Sands of Morar and Iona Cross. The CD Opus Dance features his compositions and provides music for his father’s book of dances Tweeddale Collection Volume 4. James aspires to provide music that is great for both the ears and the feet.