has been performing folk music professionally for over 40 years.
s knowledge as a folklorist and his
ability as a storyteller add depth and relevance
gently ironic sense of humor connects with listeners of all
sings and accompanies himself on guitar, mandocello, harmonica, and
bodhran (the Irish drum).
specializes in the traditional songs of Ireland
performing at pubs, festivals, schools, churches, concert halls and coffeehouses
throughout the western states.
also teaches history and culture of Irish Folk
Song and Sixties Folk and Folk Rock through local university extension classes and
adult enrichment programs.
A prolific songwriter and purveyor of contemporary
has a vast repertoire that includes songs spanning the 1600s through the
1960s from Ireland, Britain, and America.
A Professional History...
began performing at coffee houses and schools as a teenager in the
By the mid-1970s, he was a member of The Everyman Gypsy Band performing
in folkclubs and pubs in the San Francisco Bay area.
Jim founded The Paradise Street Band in 1982 and was
featured for five years on Saturday nights at Drowsy Maggie's.
The group played
numerous concerts at the North County folk club, The Old Time Café and toured
extensively with The Steve Power's Craft Festival throughout California, Nevada,
also played frequently as a soloist at the various San Diego Blarney
A San Diego Tradition...
For 16 consecutive years, first, with The Paradise Street Band
and then, with his
new group The Strange Woods, Jim
was featured on Friday nights at The Camelot
Inn in San Marcos CA until he
retired from playing pubs in 2002.
also performed at San Diego's Old Sod and McP's Irish Pub.
Since 2003, Jim
has performed almost exclusively as a soloist at coffee houses, private house
parties, numerous St. Patrick's Days, large civic events, including concert series in
La Mesa, San Diego, San Marcos, and in Vista, CA.
opened with his
developed Across the Pond,
Most recently, Jim
has expanded his
expertise as a
storyteller and songwriter through his
very popular extension and adult
enrichment classes for SDSU, Cal State San Marcos and the City of La Mesa.
Jim holds a B.A. in
From 1988 into 1995 Jim Hinton was the Director of The Contemporary Choir at
often donates his
talents to several benefits including
Presbyterian Crisis House, Self-Realization Fellowship of San Diego, The Western
, San Diego Museum of Man's Irish Evening
at Tower After
Hours, and the City of La Mesa's Sundays at Six concerts in the park series.
performed at numerous churches in San Diego County including Unity Way Church
, and Universalist Churches in Vista and Santee.
plays, records, masters and produces his
own recordings at his
has produced and performed on numerous recordings dating back to
1977. Currently available are Jim's solo albums, "Love Like An Ocean" and "Things I'
ve Always Known," and "The Wild Rover.
Available by The Strange Woods are
"Transparency" and "A Light on the Path".
All of these CDs feature songs written and
arranged by Jim
compositions are recorded and performed by other musicians
been commissioned as a songwriter for special private and public events.
Jim Hinton 619-415-6909