Jim Reid (biography)

Jim Reid (5 May 1934 - 6 July 2009) was a Scottish folk musician who was born in

Jim's musical traditions came mainly from Dundee and the lands just north of the River Tay. Many of his songs are about his home town, and the people and places of the surrounding county of Angus. With a natural, unforced style he was one of the best traditional singers from this part of the country, and had some very emotional songs in his repertoire.

He was a member of The Taysiders in the 1970s, and became better known one of The Foundry Bar Band from Arbroath, recording three albums with them in the 1980s. Later, Jim partnered with accordionist John Huband to record Freewheeling Now.

His 1984 solo debut I Saw The Wild Geese Flee is regarded as a classic Scottish folk album. He has also featured on other recordings including Linn Records' Complete Songs Of Robert Burns and the Hamish Henderson tribute A' The Bairns O' Adam.

In 2008 his book of songs, poems and other writings was produced by Taigh na Teud to great acclaim.
Jim won the STMA Scots Singer Of The Year award in 2005. He died in July 2009 at age of 75, after having suffered from dementia.

Reid guest featured on many other artists recordings including the ninth to twelfth volumes of the twelve volume series of Linn Records The Complete Songs of Robert Burns.[4] He appeared on other works such as the Hamish Henderson tribute album, A The Bairns O Adam and Life In The Kingdom which was with the children of Fife primary schools.

Discography Solo albums
• I Saw The Wild Geese Flee (1984)
• The Better o' a Sang (1996)
• Emfae Dundee (2001)
• Yont The Tay (2005)

with The Foundry Bar Band
• The Foundry Bar Band (1981)
• On The Road with The Foundry Bar Band (1983)
• Rolling Home (1988)

with John Huband
• Freewheeling Now (1990)

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