Born in Sheffield before moving around various parts of the British Isles and then settling in Moss Valley – an abandoned and forgotten area on the edgelands of South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire – it makes perfect sense that 26 year old Jim Ghedi’s music feels both fluidly transient yet also deeply rooted to a sense of place.
His current solo work explores connections to the natural environments and heritage of rural communities and landscapes across the British Isles, including the village in which he grew up. Drawing musically from some genre-crossing ideas combining 6 & 12 string finger-style guitar composition, orchestral arrangments and traditional folk song..
Nature permeates through his second solo album ‘A Hymn For Ancient Land’ (released this winter to much praise on Basin Rock) He will be heading out on tour throughout the year with his band, good friends Neal Heppleston on Double Bass and Dbh on Violin, very much anticipating a busy year ahead.
★★★★☆MOJO – “Melodically sublime… although Ghedi’s music is infused with tradition, it’s very much experiencing the present”
★★★★☆ The Independent – “a raga-like texture of tingling drones and jaunty picking that recalls both John Fahey and the Penguin Cafe”
★★★★☆ The Financial Times – “This is landscape music, a close relative of landscape art.”
★★★★☆ Uncut – “There’s respect here, but no folkloric nostalgia…a delightful hybrid strain”
★★★★☆ Q – “a brilliant finger-picker and songwriter…shining a welcome light into an underrated genre”
Folk Radio UK – “a small masterpiece”