Jimmy hails from a family of great old time fiddle players. Jim’s uncle, Ward Allen and his father, Lorne Allen were huge influences on Jimmy’s playing and he is pleased to offer updated versions of these tunes to continue the legacy of Canadian old time heritage fiddle music.
In 1967, Jimmy was thrilled to be part of the Don Messer Centennial Tour playing in Hawksbury, Ottawa and Peterborough, Ontario.
In 1974 Ken Reynolds formed the New Happy Wanderers. Jimmy and the group played up and down the Ottawa Valley at local fairs as well as dances in South March until the mid-eighties.
In 1976, Jimmy played the old time fiddle tune, Old Joe Clark for Joe Clark’s inauguration all day at the Chateau Laurier when he became leader of thie Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.
Jimmy felt it was time to release a few of his older tunes in digital format. New generations of fiddle players can continue to hear the old time fiddle music, thereby allowing a promise Jim made to Ward Allen in 1963 to continue the ALLEN SOUND throughout North America to come true.
Jimmy’s own compositions are now available for the next generation of Canadian fiddle players.