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Duthie, a profoundly deaf Aberdeenshire man (affectionately known as Dummy Jim), cycled solo on a 3000 mile return trip to the far north of Europe in 1951. Sadly he was killed in a mysterious road accident in 1965.
According to a cousin, 85 year old Joy Buchan, he set off on his adventure with just a couple of jumpers, a blanket & a pair of ‘khaki knickers’ with only £12 in the pocket.
Hoorah! sing I for the music department of the Scottish Arts Council for they are supporting my long-time collaborator Daniel Padden with a healthy sum of cash. Blimey! This award for New Work enables the writing, recording & performance of music which will in the fullness & fruitfulness & gentleness of time emerge as the wonderful score for the feature film Dummy Jim. But not before an album is released & a tour underway.
The project brings together The One Ensemble (Daniel’s regular band) with artist & musician Sarah Kenchington. Together they are creating a suite of works inspired by James Duthie’s journal ‘I Cycled Into the Arctic Circle’, the original & priceless inspiration behind Dummy Jim.
As a solo artist, Daniel has an ongoing collaboration with Sarah. Which sounds & sounds & sounds.