James is a multi-instrumentalist who was a founder member of the Angels. He plays an astonishing variety of instruments but is best remembered for his driving piano accordion and Northumbrian small pipes. James acquired a double bass which made a wonderful contribution to the Angels sound although it was difficult to transport to ceilidhs and the band still chuckle when they remember James arriving with his double bass on the pillion of his motorcycle. James is a composer and the Angels still regularly play some of his compositions. James is currently studying an open MA/MSc the Open University and his latest musical passion is a magnificent 12 course baroque lute with which he is exploring the early Scottish and French baroque repertoire.