Jim Yardley
vocals, mandolin & whistles 


From their earliest days Jim and his brother John had made an impression around the Fife area of Scotland with their close harmony singing as the Yardley Brothers with the Bill Owen Dance Band. 

In 1963 the two brothers moved from their home town of Dunfermline to London, where they met up with Colin Reece and formed a typical sixties guitar based band called the Spectrum.  No great waves were made but the group was an excellent vehicle for forging the powerful harmonies which were to become the trade mark of the very early Bully Wee Band.

Around 1965 Jim left London to move back to Scotland where he gained a rapid interest in traditional music at the Dunfermline Folk Club with school friend Barbara Dixon.

In 1969 he returned to London where he once again teamed up with his brother John and Colin Reece to form the Bully Wee Band.

In 1981 Jim left the Bully Wee Band to move to Norway where he has carved a successful career on the Norwegian Folk circuit with bands such as the Folks Next Door, Tara and his current band the Cornerboys with ex-New Celeste Ronnie Gerrard.

Jim has appeared on all seven of the Bully Wee Band albums.  His discography apart from that is:

1989     -     The Folks Next Door
1991     -     Tara
2004     -     The Cornerboys Live