While living in and around New York City, Jim became involved
with various forms of country dance and music. His early
favorites were English Country and contra dance, for which he
divided his time between dancing and playing piano. He also
danced Morris dance, and twice toured England with The
Bouwerie Boys, a New York area Morris team.
Jim started dancing and playing piano for Scottish Country
Dance in 1992. In 1995 he played for the New York Branch’s
Teacher Candidate Class, and several times since then for
TAC’s Candidate Class, as well as being on the music staff at
Pinewoods, Ramblewood, and New York’s Pawling Weekend.
Locally he plays for Scottish social evenings with his band The
Celtic Knot (See tab titled Celtic Knot) and is often featured as
a guest pianist with other bands. Most recently he has been
working with vocalist Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews in creating
their new show Two Men in Skirts-A Journey Through Scotland
in Song and Story (See tab titled Two Men in Skirts). In addition
to his work as a pianist, Jim dances with the Nassau Scottish
Country Dancers' demonstration team.
Jim wrote tunes for each of the dances in Milton Levy’s dance
book, The Tin Woodman, several of which were recorded by
Roy Hendrie and his Scottish Country Dance Band on a CD of
the same name.
For more information on Jim Stevenson-Mathews or to inquire
about an upcoming engagement please contact him at: