Tougher Than Suet
Jim King and Steven Clark (the clues were there in the name - not a challenging concept, really) Steven says: My own songs range over many different subjects - all the way from the philosophical insights afforded by a pigeon, or the restorative properties of Our Other National Drink, to fury over the Iraq conflict and other lunacies of our time My voice has been described, not unfairly, as being 'able to bend the needle on a record player'. Some people have said that my guitar style is simple and unostentatious. I prefer to think of it as 'a bit rubbish'. I play mandolin more with enthusiasm than skill. My song 'Coming Home' has been recorded professionally by Ian Bruce as 'Comin Hame', featured as the title track on the McCalmans 2009 live album, and also been arranged in a four-part version for Edinburgh choir Protest In Harmony, and is sung by the Eurydice choir. Songs of mine also turn up in various books by Ian Black: "Weegies vs Edinbuggers", "Merr Weegies Vs Edinbuggers" and "The Almost Completely Ultimate Weegie Jokebook", all from Black & White Publishing. I was born in 1957, but reserve the right to decline any more birthdays. I'm married and have two children who experience differing degrees of embarrassment about Dad's singing depending on whether I am strolling through the supermarket when I do it. Born and brought up in Springburn in Glasgow, I have done more jobs than I can, or care to, remember. Jim says: I write most of the stuff I perform and add in a few that I wished I'd written. I guess I fit in with the description of 'contemporary folk singer' but I think my material is too varied to be simply categorized. I'm very fond of some American folk songs - particularly ones which tell good stories. Someone told me my singing sounds like a cross between Marc Bolan and Roger Whitaker but I forgave them. I've been playing guitar since I was a teenager and I think it's matured nicely. I also play a bit of five string banjo sometimes (usually the bit with the strings). I have two albums currently available and a new single - ACCEPTANCE SPEECH - which will be on the next one. I was born a raised in the Thames Valley way back in the 50's (19 50s not 1850s), not far from Windsor. I moved around a bit, lived in Lincolnshire for a few years and settled in Glasgow in 1985. I'm married to a Buddy (Paisley) and have three beautiful daughters (the wife's genes, obviously). Currently I have the best day job in the world and I may tell you if you ask nicely. I have no faith in particular but I am attracted to Evangelical Pastafarianism. Jointly We have been good friends for almost ten years since we bumped into each other at various acoustic music sessions in West Central Scotland. It became apparent that we shared similar tastes, sense of humour and lists of things we hate. We began to really enjoy playing and singing alongside each other and found a genuine compatibility developing. Sometime in the autumn of 2007, we accepted the inevitable and began to put our double act together. Clark and King is (are?), hopefully, more than just the sum of the two parts. We have tried to build in a new dimension to some of the stuff we have played individually, but we've added new arrangements and adopted a few songs that are new to both of us.