jim played a house concert for us, bringing a wealth of stories from his years growing up in the heart of Hampshire. With a rich catalogue of songs raised on traditional folk songwriting, tinged with blues and contemporary topical touches of an old soul gently resisting the pace of the modern World.
A real Gent with an eagerness to share not only his stories, but his process, Jim gave us an insight into his tales, sharing the tale of his fathers crop circle adventures 'Painting Circles in the Corn' , debuting a new song 'My Old Friend' and bringing the evening home with a singalong to his shanty 'Pull it Up Boys'
Chris Keniger - 'Live at Thornsett Rd' House Concert, London
“Jim gave us a wonderful performance of his self penned songs,with tales to fire our imaginations & music in which to loose
ourselves. Do you know the origins of the crop circle phenomenon? Well we do now, & it's really is a song worth listening to! Come back again soon Jim'
Karen Laird - Brunny Folk Club Bournemouth
"Jim Chorley performed at this years Wessex folk festival. He is a talented guitarist and impressive songwriter. He plays traditionally based folk music that is contemporary and fresh and often spiced with flashes of real humour. It was a real delight to have him perform on the Small Stage this year - Bob Ford, The Small Stage, Wessex Folk Festival"
Bob Ford - Wessex Folk Festival Review
"I have had the pleasure of programming Jim Chorley
to play at several recent music events - he creates a
captivating but easy going atmosphere full of engaging song-stories, good humour and fine musicianship.
Simon Morris - Salisbury Arts Centre
"To finish another really enjoyable D3W3 evening at Alton Rugby Club, the audience were treated to a top quality session from singer/songwriter Jim Chorley who brought warmth and passion to a range of numbers that drew on thoughts and places close to Jim’s heart. To hear well crafted lyrics that were recognisable and vivid meant that those lucky enough to be there were absorbed into the music. Rounded off by a superb a capello number it made the whole evening truly memorable."
Lewis Jones D3W3 Acoustic club
“'Jim Chorley is one of those rare songwriters who manages to marry poetry with music, and in doing so, create a unique world of his own. The sparse instrumentation of his recordings only highlights the confessional tone of the vocal delivery. Highly recommended'”
Richard J. Parfitt - Ex front man of 60ft Dolls and Senior Lecturer, MMus Songwriting
“It was a pleasure to welcome Jim back to The Pound, Corsham. His unique sound was warmly received and everyone was singing along to sea shanty’s by the end, it was a delight to hear!”
Charity Colborne - The Pound Arts centre, Corsham
"We just had the amazing Jim Chorley playing a live acoustic set as part of the Bath Folk festival late lunch sessions. Look out for him on the Folk circuit- A great song smith and performer!"
Harvest Whole Foods-Bath Folk Festival 2014