With an eclectic mix of influences, Jim draws upon the often referenced sources of inspiration such as Robert Johnson through to the less referenced works of bands like Fairground Attraction, Counting Crows and the Beautiful South.
A key influence in Jim’s own drive to perform however has to be Richie Havens – a man who felt the urge to perform and the ingenuity not to let the task of formally learning to play the guitar stand in his way.
Jim’s own song-writing sits within an eclectic mix of genre’s.
“It’s difficult to actually explain how the songs emerge. I’ll muck about with a chord progression and the lyrics seem to come from this. The stories seem to just unfold, as a play around with things, its not until I stop, and step back and listen to a composition, am I able to recognise where the influence came from. ‘Rendezvous’ for example was inspired by the life of one of my former students as documented and played out on Facebook.” – Jim
Cover songs :
The songs covered by Jimmy are deconstructed and reworked into cut down and often simplified acoustic rhythmic sets.
“What you end up with is a raw vibe which still maintains the essence of the original work”. – Jim
Jimmy performs acoustic covers drawn from a range of genres, bands and artists spanning the 1950’s to the present day. The eclectic mix of songs in the solo work as Ginger Geoffrey range from Sam Smith to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
In 2015 and out of the blue, Jim had two separate PE’s (blood clot’s). On the eve of the new year Jim and his wife Deb were contacted by their local hospital, as part of their ongoing investigation into the PE’s, a tumour had been found on Jim’s intestines. A biopsy was considered too dangerous but the preliminary diagnoses was an incurable form of cancer, Gastro Intestinal Stromal Tumour otherwise know and GIST.
Google is a wonderful thing sometimes, but on this occasion the computer said based on current statistics life expectancy was at best 5 years. The stats’ were a blunt analysis and later evidence found was mixed with some GIST patients living longer. What was clear was that nothing was going to be clear cut. Jim later explained:
“At that time the options were limited, accept the diagnosis, accept the worst-case scenario then live life to the full; or hope that the diagnosis was wrong and and then live in fear that the diagnosis would be confirmed.” – Jim
Jim chose to accept the diagnosis and set out to create and work through his bucket list.
During his on-line searching, Jim also found both a specialist hospital and wonderful support group GIST Support UK. With his care moved to the specialist hospital, the specialist consultants confirmed that a biopsy was too dangerous and agreed that the tumour looked like GIST.
In May 2016 during a 5-hour operation, Jim had the offending tumour remove along with a section of his intestines.
Six weeks later at his first outpatient’s appointment, Jim and Deb were floored with the news that the tumour was in fact a benign fibrous growth and not a GIST. For 7 months Jim and his family lived with a terminal diagnosis. Along the way Jim met patients in various stages of the disease, as well as family and friends supporting loved ones with GIST.
There are currently less than 900 people a year diagnosed with GIST. It’s an underfunded area of cancer research. The prognosis for people with the disease is limited; GIST cannot be treated with Chemo or Radiotherapy. As tumours emerge they must simply be cut out along with associated tissue/ organs they are embedded in or attached too. When tumours can no longer be removed then there are (as of August 2016) three inhibitor drugs, with a collective effectiveness of five years. The latter two drugs have potentially severe side effects, which in the worst case can result in the patient being restricted to a wheel chair. Once the drugs fail, and they do eventually fail, the final stage of support is palliative care.
“2016 has been a real trip and has left its mark on me. For some years I have been performing in support Prostate Cancer, and while this remains important, I am deeply drawn to the GIST community. All profits I receive for performing as either Ginger Geoffrey or as part of Bash and Strum are now donated to GIST Support UK”. – Jim
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