Jim Sutherland is multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter, and composer.
His twenty-year career has ranged across a vast spectrum of musical genres, as well as a string of major commissions for film, TV and theatre.
Jim has been a keen collector of strange percussion from around the world. This collection is also available for studio use and includes, Llamas toenails from Bolivia, Bean pods and war clubs from Australia, a hollowed out cactus from Chile, a set of gongs from the Chinese Opera a pair of the finest Gong Bop congas, bodhrans, Ugandan drums, djembes, drums to rub, baskets to shake and many more wonderful toys from around the world.
In March 2006 Jim Sutherland received the Creative Scotland award 2006 for artists of distinction and originality. The reward honours and celebrates leading artists in Scotland and it is amongst the richest arts awards in Europe.
In the past two years alone Jim Sutherland has, composed scores for several film and TV projects including the multi award winning feature film ‘Festival’( Best film at the British Comedy awards), produced the debut album by hotly-tipped roots/pop combo Aberfeldy, Young Forever, out on Rough Trade, directed a pioneering Scottish/Hungarian live collaboration featuring the renowned Marta Sebestyen and her group Muszikas, and premiered a brand-new multi-media song suite, Cold Weather Dancing, featuring a nine-piece band and live video mixing, commissioned by Glasgow's world-renowned Celtic Connections festival.
In 2005 Jim Sutherland was keynote speaker at the Musicworks, the UK's New Music Convention and Festival, where he was interviewed by professor Simon Frith Chairman of the Mercury Music Awards
As a founding member of pop trio The Lanterns, Jim Sutherland was signed to Sony as a songwriter in 1997, with the group's debut single "Highrise Town", from their wisely-praised album, Illuminate Yer Heid, earning a UK Top 40 place and a number two in the dance charts.
Jim Sutherland has performed and recorded with such luminaries as The Chieftains, Plant and Page (Led Zepelin), The Buhndu Boys, Billy Bragg, Emmylou Harris, Maddy Prior and June Tabor and the Shotts and Dyke head pipe band! He has produced more that 60 albums including, Salsa Celtica, Shooglenifty, Savourna Stevenson, The Whistlebinkies and Alyth McCormack .
Jim Sutherland's influential folk tune compositions have been recorded on more than one hundred cds by artists all over the world.
Jim Sutherland is currently creating and writing music for a European Parading orchestra with 120 musicians that will perform at festivals and large scale celebrations around Europe over a two to three year period. The parading orchestra will include a pipe band from Scotland, a Semana Santa band from Spain, a Bombard section from Brittany and a section from one of the Eastern European countries. The idea will provide a unique opportunity to compose a truly original musical score that explores the creative possibilities that occur when different cultures collide.