My name is James Tait and I am a professional pianist, songwriter and composer from Rothbury, Northumberland. Please click here to check out some of my music.

I play lounge piano for wedding breakfasts, restaurants etc, but also love playing guitar and singing for pub/club gigs. To discuss a booking, call 07582475489 or email james@jamestaitmusic.com

I have several professional recordings, that can be heard by clicking on my listen page, or here.

My most recent commissions have included:

  • My Bonnie Coquetdale (a song for the Rothbury traditional music festival) “fantastic, James, we knew you’d do us proud, mate“ - Ian Stephenson, musical director of the festival.
  • Linden Leaves.
  • Walter Mavin- a choral piece for about an historical angler (as of yet unrecorded).
  • Christmas Lullaby- recorded by local school choirs combined. “This is beautiful James, and the children sing it so well. Tell them well done. It brought tears to my eyes.” - Kay Evans.

To discuss a quote for a project, either get in touch via the contact page, or the contact details above.

I also offer professional piano accompaniment for exams, or instrumental/vocal performances and recording session work.

As a musician, I am instinctive, creative and versatile.

I also write and perform Northumbrian dialect poetry and have written a children’s story about the famous Duergar of Simonside! Also, if CDs are more your thing, you can treat yourself to some of my recordings, or a book here.

Dont forget to subscribe to the mailing list (details below) to find out about gigs and new releases.

James Tait standing by the piano at Coquetdale Music Trust
The cover of James's most recent album, Simonside. Photo by Susan Aynsley. Simonside is a mixture of songs, traditional tunes and some solo piano/classical stuff. This album features Laura Brown singing.
When the walls come down, released January 2021, is a fine example of James Tait's songwriting in the rock/indie/pop style. It was recorded at the Coquetdale music trust in Thropton and engineered by Adam Forster.
Cowpen Road features renowned accordionist Paul Capaldi and James Tait. There are some Scottish Dance tracks on there as well as some of James's compositions, including the classic, 'The Long Journey Home.'

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Cowpen Road

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