Jim Kirkpatrick is a renowned guitarist and musician from Cheshire, England. With over 20 years of professional experience Jim has become an in demand session player, writer and performer and is becoming recognised as one of the UK’s premier slide, blues and rock guitar players.
Jim has been the lead guitarist with legendary British classic rock band FM since 2008 appearing on the albums ‘Metropolis’, ‘Rockville’, ‘Rockville 2’, ‘Heroes And Villains’ and ‘Indiscreet 30’. Jim has also co-written the bands UK radio hits ‘Hollow’, ‘Bring Back Yesterday’, ‘Crave’, ‘Better Late Than Never’, ‘Story Of My Life’ and “Shape I’m In’ all of which were playlisted on BBC Radio 2. ‘Crosstown Train’, ‘Bad Addiction’, ‘Better Late Than Never’, ‘Cold Hearted’, ‘Runaway Train’ ‘That Girl’ and ‘Digging Up The Dirt’ have all been playlisted on Planet Rock along with several others. FM have toured the UK and Europe over the last nine years playing at some of the worlds biggest and most prestigious rock festivals (appearing on the main stages at Download and Graspop as well as many others) and have also supported some of the biggest names in music (Thin Lizzy, Journey, Foreigner).
As well as releasing his own album ‘Changed Priorities’ in 2006 Jim has played guitar for singer/songwriter Thea Gilmore on and off since 2003 and toured Europe and the USA with her extensively as well as appearing on many of her albums.
Jim has also been onstage right hand man to former Whitesnake guitarist and hit songwriter Bernie Marsden since 2006 recently collaborating with him and several members of the late Rory Gallaghers band on a tribute to the legendary Irish guitarist.
In between all of this Jim can be found playing many gigs in his local area and also touring the UK and Europe with Rhino’s Revenge (a band fronted by Status Quo’s bass player John ‘Rhino’ Edwards)
Jim has performed all over the world and appeared at major festivals including Download, V 2004, Graspop, T In The Park, Sweden Rock, Cropredy and the Calgary Folk Festival.
Jim has supported on tour Foreigner, Journey, Thin Lizzy, Joan Baez amongst many others and has been fortunate enough to appear onstage with Foreigner, Zak Starkey, Bernie Marsden and Neil Murray (Whitesnake), Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Deacon Blue to name but a few.
When not touring and recording, Jim has taught guitar for nearly 20 years. A lack of time due to touring commitments and an increased demand for tuition has inspired Jim to set up this website for fans of his guitar playing around the world to learn his style and songs.