Acoustic Folk Music
Jim has shared stages with Nashville artist, Mary Gauthier at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, John Gorka at the Village Folk Festival as well as Peter Mulvey at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland. In ’08 he opened to a packed house at the Ritz Theatre in Tiffin for none other than Tommy James and The Shondells! In 2006 Jim was invited to write and perform three new songs for a production of The Laramie Project at Baldwin Wallace College. He finished first runner-up in the 2006 Pittsburgh Singer/Songwriter competition and, perhaps most notably, was a finalist in the 2006 Kerrville Folk Festival new song competition in Texas!
With a performance style that is part Harry Chapin storyteller, part Robin Williams’ Night at the Improv, Jim Gill is rapidly making a name for himself as a must-see act on the Northcoast. Audiences all over Ohio have been enjoying this performer since 2001. “He writes with more depth than your average poet,” writes the Cleveland Free Times, adding, “he has a quiet intensity much like Greg Brown and John Gorka”. Jim opened for Gorka at the 2005 Village Folk Festival. The Medina Gazette wrote of Jim’s work, “music that is sparse, introspective and compelling.”
Accompanying himself on 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, Jim’s signature baritone voice has been described by music producer Jim Ballard as, “Jim Croce with warmth and range.” His concerts also include the occasional harmonica and a new “techie” wrinkle, a looping device, allowing Jim to sample his own voice, and then sing over it, creating exciting on-the-fly vocal harmonies.