A sad loss.
I just heard the news that James finally succumbed to the rare cancer that he had been suffering with. It was sad news indeed and my thoughts go out to his wife, sons, family and friends. He was not only a great songwriter and musician but also a warm and generous human being.
James was an exceptional musician who produced a brilliant debut album with ‘Hunger’, full of passion, energy and great songs, that put him at the forefront of new singer/songwriters but sadly he did not follow it up until much later. The time passed. His next two albums were gentler and more pastoral with lilting melodic songs and rural imagery. They were good but it was with his final album ‘Chance and Time’ that he reached his apotheosis. The onset of his illness sparked a creative avalanche as James crafted song after song with honesty, verve and touching emotion to…
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