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Jimi Slevin biography
Born: Dublin 1950
Status as of March 2018: active

Jimi SLEVIN is a musician, writer and producer who was a top guitarist on the Irish music scene in the 1970s. He formed PEGGY''S LEG, the band who produced the classic "'Grinilla" in '73 which has recently been re-released and which he co-wrote and also co-digitally remastered. He succeeded Gary Moore and Paul Chapman as lead guitarist with the great Irish band SKID ROW in '76 and recorded the JIMI SLEVIN BAND album for EMI in '77. He is a talented producer and has written for TV & radio.

In 1983 Jimi recorded "Freeflight", his first solo album of melodic acoustic songs and instrumentals which received unanimous critical acclaim. Currently based in Germany where he has his own label and recording studio, he plays live regularly both solo and as singer and guitarist with the popular Irish traditional band BACHELORS WALK. Jimi also co-ordinates CD productions & multimedia projects for a variety of clients and has recently re-released a remastered CD version of "Freeflight" and a new album of original material, "Home To The Heart". The Studio, Biography and CD Catalogue pages also feature mp3 audio samples of all Riteroad CDs and many of Jimi's old friends including PEGGY'S LEG, SKID ROW, THE JIMI SLEVIN BAND and MALE ORDER.

As I'm submitting this personally, I can't really give myself a glowing recommendation! Best if the visitor checks out the audio samples on my site.

Looks like a great service you're providing here - best of luck and best regards,

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 Freeflight by SLEVIN, JIMI album cover Studio Album, 1982
4.03 | 3 ratings

Jimi Slevin Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

4 stars Those of us who have roamed the often lonely corridors of prog rock ignominy are well aware that commercial success has as much to do with random chance as merit. I would elaborate that choosing folk music as an idiom might further the likelihood of having a quiet undisturbed restaurant meal even in one's hometown. So there is that, but, for one relatively little known guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, JIMI SLEVIN has sure made the rounds, as his bio cites brushes with some of the more celebrated figures in Irish folk and rock, THIN LIZZY and CHRISTY MOORE among others. In a succession of bands during the 1970s, he rose to some prominence while never quite attaining stardom, potential successes dashed by insufficient financial backing, limited pressings, or both. It must have been surprising when in 1982 he released this first solo effort. Where his prior work had leaned towards classic rock with nary a hint of ethnicity, "Freeflight" adventurously bared his Celtic roots in its appealing blend of singer/songwriter sensitivity and technical virtuosity.

The first 3 tracks are utterly transfixing, and run together for utmost effect. "Summer" is a brief and poignant instrumental that is quite reminiscent of the more acoustic reflective parts of CAMEL's "Snow Goose", with what sounds like a mellotron pitch bend at the end. "Stormy Seas" is under 5 minutes but manages to attain epic status, the first part introducing Slevin's pleasant higher register voice like a cross between IAIN MATTHEWS and DAN FOGELBERG. The choruses are more lively, with spirited piping from Mick Coyne. The haunting and extended instrumental coda is dominated by what sounds like electric violin, but must be part of Trevor Knight's keyboard arsenal. It's probably my favorite passage of the whole effort, though the next tune "The Children of Lir" is just about as accomplished. Also spacey, with both guitars and keys imparting an ethereal quality, evocative organ washes herald the second part, beginning with gently plucked acoustic guitar and offering Maggie Cody's wordless vocalizations and tin whistles. This enchanting number presages bands like NIGHTNOISE.

While the rest of the album is fine, ultimately nothing quite matches the brilliance of those opening 15 minutes. Alternating proficient GORDON GILTRAP styled instrumentals with heartfelt songs, the best is probably the title cut which establishes Slevin's brilliant picking on acoustic guitar while culminating in a quasi acidic romp. The closer "Gentleman Jim's" is a Celtic jazz funk number very much in the vein of MOVING HEARTS, whose influence on Irish folk and rock far exceeded their modest output, and who had stormed out of the gate a year or two prior.

I'm going to round up for this one because, while not quite a "lost classic", "Freeflight" (and Mr Slevin) should be better known. It has also aged very well, which is the hallmark of good prog folk, both of the musical and human variety.

 Freeflight by SLEVIN, JIMI album cover Studio Album, 1982
4.03 | 3 ratings

Jimi Slevin Prog Folk

Review by Leonardo

4 stars Well over 20 years ago I heard a demo of this album in my local record shop and was intrigued enough to buy it . I had no idea who Jimi was a the time, but it became, and still is, one of my favourite albums in my collection.

The album is a very atmospheric, even etheral, veture into folk rock.

Right from the first tracks "Summer", which merges into the next rousing track "stormy seas" you know you are in for a rewarding ride.

The backbone of the album is acoustic folk guitar work of the highest order, where Jimi sometimes pushes the Irish folk feel, giving it a raw edge at times by plucking the strings sharply and playing on their resonance. All this is given a frequent atmospheric accompanyment from electric guitar, synths, irish pipes and vocal harmonies.

Most of the tracks are instrumental, but Jimi sings on some tracks such as "Forever and a Year" and "Lords of the Rocks" , his vocal style lending a relaxed and moving feel to these songs.

There is not a poor track on this album, and if you want to get the best out of it, listen to it whilst walking along a rugged coastline on a windy day. I think Jimi was doing exactly that when he was inspired to write these tracks!

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