Tenor’s in town

Scot­tish tenor Jim McGuire is back home in South Perth and at age 69 has no plans to stop mak­ing mu­sic.

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Lau­ren Pi­lat

IN THE mu­sic in­dus­try you can keep on go­ing un­til you “drop off the perch” – and that’s ex­actly what 69year-old Scot­tish tenor Jim McGuire in­tends to do.

The South Perth mu­si­cian, who is also an elec­tri­cal engi­neer and physi­cist, re­cently re­turned from tour­ing Scot­land, Eng­land and the US pro­mot­ing his lat­est al­bum. Where Two Hawks Fly

was the re­sult of three months’ work in which McGuire recorded vo­cal and in­di­vid­ual in­stru­ment tracks in­clud­ing the flute, fid­dle and bag­pipes, sep­a­rately. With mu­sic in his blood, McGuire said the in­spi­ra­tion for the al­bum was songs from his child­hood grow­ing up in Scot­land with a mu­si­cal fam­ily.

“Many of the tra­di­tional songs from my child­hood, which are mostly his­tory in verse, are dis­ap­pear­ing as the old per­form­ers die out,” he said.

“For some rea­son I have a great mem­ory for songs, prob­a­bly from be­ing brain­washed at an early age.

“So I wanted to do an al­bum de­voted to some of my best loved tra­di­tional Scot­tish songs.”

McGuire said his house­hold was full of mu­sic and cul­ture, with his mother a singer and his older sis­ter mu­si­cal too.

“Once or twice a week when we had vis­i­tors it would turn into a singsong,” he said.

“So from a tod­dler I was en­cour­aged to sing and ab­sorbed all of the mu­sic and songs I heard dur­ing those for­ma­tive years.

“I started learn­ing gui­tar when I was nine years old and joined my first band at 12. From 16, I started play­ing in some of Scot­land’s top bands and con­tin­ued per­form­ing through univer­sity when the band I was play­ing with went on a tour of Amer­ica and I stayed be­hind to fin­ish my stud­ies.”

For McGuire, the best part about mu­sic is bring­ing joy and unit­ing peo­ple.

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Scot­tish tenor Jim McGuire has a new al­bum.

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