Craicdown is a three piece band made up of Rob Sharer, guitar, vocals, flute and fiddle, David DiGiuseppe, accordion and Irish Cittern and Jim on drum set and percussion. Craicdown describes its music as World Acousticana, acoustic roots music with high-energy rock inspired panache. The band intergrates musicial influences from many parts of the world and uncommon instrumentation. - refreshingly distinctive yet appealingly familiar.
Drawing from both traditional and contemporary sources as well penning much of their own material, Craicdown's repertorie includes both songs and instrumental pieces ranging from Americana to reggae, Celtic to South America.
There album Roads is available on Itunes, Amazon and CD Baby. Have a listen!
Jim performs with mouth trombone extraordinaire Lipbone Redding when he ventures down south from his world travels and tours in the Carolina region. As a trio with bassist Alice Zincone, the ensemble packs a lot of punch. Lipbone is a weaver of colorful stories and keeps you spellbound with his stories about his experiences, real or imagined. He delivers all manner of vocal intrigues such as throat singing,, bass, beating boxing and astonishingly realistic lip-tromboning. Don't miss this trio when Lipbone comes to town!
If you are interested in a house concert please contact Jim on the contact page.
Jim's newest contra dance dance, The Ivy Boys are noted for their rockish groove and the ivory skills of pianist George Paul and accordionist, David DiGiuseppe. The three piece plays contra-dance music like a rock bar band with folk leanings. Fun music! Website
As a member of Footloose from 1990 to the present, Jim has played 100's of contra dances throughout North Carolina and the United States. Contra Dance refers to "a folk dance, similar to a square dance, except instead of the square formation, it is danced in lines of couples, with every other couple facing up or down the hall". Footloose is primarily a contra dance band with varied musical selections deigned to propel the dance forward. Adding drums was a relatively new concept in 1990 and has grown to mass acceptance over the years. Trip to the Moon is the band in a studio setting playing sets often used in contra dancing. It was recorded in Jim's Kalimba Studio in Nashville and released in 2005.
Footloose Trip to The Moon
The Beatles - Ed Sullivan, Fab Four at 50 anniversary show, Cats Cradles, Carrboro. Feb. 9, 2014 Website
Gram Parsons - 40th anniversary of his death. Cats Cradle, Carrboro Sept. 20, 2013 Website
Led Zeppelin Tribute Fall 2014 Elon University Full Set
Tom Petty Damn the Torpedoes Full Album, Dec 19, 2015 The Berkeley Cafe Raleigh, NC
and The Kraken Chapel Hill, NC March 12, 2016 Refugee
Batala music project - Durham chapter Website