Tweedsyde features Peter Walker and Jim Stimpson of the Devil’s Tailors.
Peter Walker: baroque fiddle, bagpipes, baroque flute, mandora, English guittar, vocals
Raised in Texas, Peter began studying the Highland bagpipes in 2001, and brushed sixteen years of dust off his violin to study Scottish fiddle from Elke Baker in 2002. More recently, he has studied Gaelic – and sings the Tailors’ Gaelic songs – and the wire-strung harp.
Peter performs with Jim in The Devil’s Tailors, and plays with the City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums, solo, and with other local bands. he has competed on both fiddle and bagpipes, ranking 4th overall in EUSPBA Grade IV Sr. in 2006, and has twice competed in the US National Scottish Fiddle Championships. He also instructs, plays for dances, also performs historical reenactments as an 18th century Jacobite.
Peter brings his love of high energy dance tunes and strong musicological background to the band.
Peter lives in Springfield, VA.
Jim Stimson: lutes, viola da gamba, bandora, baroque guitar, baroque cittern, English guittar
A multi-instrumentalist of the highest order, Jim’s main musical love is renaissance and baroque lute music, but his collection of exotic instruments extends to numerous varieties of string and wind. Jim also performs with the Homespun Ceilidh Band, solo, and in period instrument ensembles, including the Folger Consort and the New York Continuo Collective. He also has provided music for several Shakespeare plays. Jim performs with Peter in The Devil’s Tailors.
In addition, Jim has edited several editions of the Lute Society of America quarterly and continues to conduct research on various early music subjects.
Jim hails from Okemos, Michigan.