James Fleming is a writer and musician. Born in California and raised in Ireland, he has contributed to Golden Plec, All About Jazz and Hifi Pig. He has also played in various rock and punk garage bands. James studied Digital Media: Radio and Journalism at Galway Technical Institute and has been writing about music ever since. Genres of interest include alternative musics, jazz and roots music, and, on the writing side, creative non-fiction and speculative fiction. His favourite artists include John Coltrane, Joan Didion, Captain Beefheart, Richard Brautigan, Mary Gauthier and James Baldwin.
In the first review from our new Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, supported by Galway City and Galway County Arts Offices, James Fleming reviews a performance by Sarah Nicolls of her new political work 'Twelve Years'. Presented by Galway Jazz Festival at the Mick Lally Theatre on 29 March, the composition by the British pianist and composer is a direct call for action at a time of crisis.