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Jamie was born in Scotland and began playing guitar at the age of 10. Initially playing rock and blues then attempting to play jazz and finally settling on classical guitar, he was largely self-taught before having lessons with Robert Mackillop at Napier University, Edinburgh. Whilst at Napier he turned his attentions to playing the lute and pursued this, at the Royal College of Music, studying with Jakob Lindberg. Adding theorbo to his expanding instrument collection, Jamie continued his studies at Trinity College of Music with Jacob Heringman and David Miller with additional lessons and advice from Paul O’Dette and Elizabeth Kenny. Having settled on the period instrument path James continued accumulating instruments and exploring the music of the 16th to 19th centuries, with occasional forays into contemporary music.