Tuesday 4th May 2021
Jim recently played his first live show since the lockdown restrictions were instigated last March...
He played a warm and healing set for the patients of a Wiltshire hospital and in his words 'it was a joy to be back out playing my songs for an appreciative, attentive audience...viva live music!'
Watch this space for upcoming release and gig news...
Jim's beautiful new single 'The Stars and the Moon' is now available to buy, download and stream from all the best online platforms and can also be played on the songs section of this site
The video is also available to watch below...
Reviews are coming in for
'The Stars and the Moon'
The prolific Jim Chorley is back with his second single release of the year, and his sixth since the initial pandemic lockdown. Jim's music over this period has tended to be uplifting, providing some much-needed light in the darkness. The Stars and the Moon though is a little more reflective, a little more mournful, helped by the Spanish guitar performance of Jose Ramon Horcas and the Double Bass of Rick Foot. The result is the most layered of all his recent singles, with a poignancy to it that really resonates, but doesn't sacrifice the warmth that has become a Jim Chorley hallmark. Needless to say this continues Jim's perfect streak of quality releases.
Adam Jenkins, FATEA Magazine
Jim has released a new single
'The Blueberry Moon'
It's already received great reviews ( see below ) and is a song close to Jim's heart and roots...
The video will be released soon and the song is available now on a number of digital platforms...
Following on from June’s release of There’s Nothing Like Your Love, Jim Chorley's latest release is 'The Blueberry Moon'
All the trademarks of a Jim Chorley release are present and correct; the warmth, the intimacy, the soul. Inspired by the Southampton waterfront, it’s also a song full of romance and atmosphere, helped in no small way by Jamie Wilson on Cello. It’s an achingly beautiful track, and yet another sign that Jim Chorley’s star is on the ascendency.' Adam Jenkins for Fatea music magazine ( online)
The Blueberry Moon is available now to stream and download
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As you can see from the photos and title above, Jim recently had an exciting 'out of this world experience' !
He was contacted by the BBC, who he met whilst playing at The Wickham Folk Festival and they expressed an interest in running a feature about his Dad, Dave Chorley and his partner in crop circle adventures, Doug Bower.
Both men were responsible for inventing and creating the magical, folk art form of Crop Circles back in the late 70s early 80s in the cornfields around Hampshire and Wiltshire.
Alongside a BBC film crew Jim took a day trip over to a cornfield near Devizes in Wiltshire, where a crop circle had recently been formed.
Jim was interviewed and filmed performing, 'Painting Circles in the Corn' his song which immortalises their amazing story.
Both his Dad and Doug Bower have now passed and the song is his personal way of keeping their memories and legacies alive. It is a song that is close to Jim's heart and one that is filled with love.
As Jim shared 'It was a moving experience to play it in the middle of a crop circle and a fitting way to pay tribute to those two fine gentlemen from Southampton who once upon a time in England were 'The men who conned the World'
Thanks for reading 'Chorley Folk' and see you in a cornfield very soon ...;)
Jim Chorley has been around the music scene for quite some time, popping up in venues and festivals and often stealing the show. Up until now he's always been somewhat below the radar, and those of us who have "discovered" him feel like we have this magical secret that nobody else knows about. It seems it is time to share him with the rest of the world however, as There's Nothing Like Your Love is just the start.
The new single is quintessential Jim Chorley, filled as it is with both heart and soul. Jim pours himself into his music with a passion that bleeds into every note. Each song is genuine, as if every single one has been lived, and not for nothing was his previous release called Honest and True.
There's Nothing Like Your Love has a couple of other talented musicians performing too; Neil Valentine's viola playing adds even more emotion to the mix, and Rob Parsons (who is both a great folk player and a beautiful boat builder) plays the mandolin.
Recorded at Hightown Studios in Southampton, produced by Matt Salvage, and mastered at the legendary Abbey Road, the new single is a small leap forward for Jim Chorley. To put that in context, the leap is all about the production values, as opposed to the quality of his song (which never dips below excellent). There's Nothing Like Your Love is an exciting statement of intent, and on this form, the promise of further new releases to come is thrilling and tantalising.
If you are outside that growing circle of Jim Chorley fans, give this a listen and prepare to join us.
Adam Jenkins ( Review written for Fatea )