Jim Malcolm was brought up in Perthshire and Angus and was steeped in the traditional music of Scotland from an early age. He learned to play guitar while at school and by his early twenties was winning songwriting competitions and playing in folk clubs all over Scotland. His career began to take off when he hosted the open stage at Edinburgh Folk Festival, and through his own playing there secured a contract with Greentrax for his first solo album, Sconeward. Jim also sang in the Northern Nights series on Grampian TV and STV.
In January 1999 Jim joined one of Scotland's most popular international folk acts, the Old Blind Dogs from north east Scotland, and has since worked with them all over the UK, Europe and North America. 2004 finished on a high when Jim won Songwriter of the Year and Old Blind Dogs won Scottish Folk Band of the Year, at a glittering awards ceremony in Edinburgh in December, all organised by the Scots Trad Music Society.
Early in 2007 Jim's seventh solo CD, Acquaintance, was released, a lovely collection of mostly well-known Burns songs, with a few less-well-known gems for good measure. When he's not on the road Jim likes to relax by the riverbank, trying, but rarely succeeding, to catch trout.