Jim is a versatile singer, musician, poet, songwriter and storyteller. An engaging and charismatic entertainer, he has been an integral part of the Michigan folk music scene for many years, playing in just about every possible kind
of nook and cranny during his long career. Countless folk clubs, Irish pubs, schools,
Libraries, museums, and festivals have welcomed him.
Jim has perfomed at such venues as the Ark in Ann Arbor, outdoor museums such as Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Presented school programs for the Detroit Historical Society, averaging well over 250 shows a year for pretty much every kind of audience. With his Highly acclaimed Irish Trad band; Finvarra's Wren, he has toured the country, playing festivals and concerts... Celtic Festivals in Chicago, Jackson Mississippi, Dallas and Austin Texas, The Irish Heritage Center in Boston, The Irish Heritage museum of New Orleans, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Jim's singing is strong and emotive, always focused on the story the songs are telling. His guitar playing is admired by peers and fans alike, and it alternates between powerful and driving on tune sets and graceful and subtle when backing up songs and slower tunes.
Jim has played kid shows, family shows, workshops, wakes and weddings, done a lot of story telling, occasional rowdy pub nights, and lots of shows for seniors.... and through it all,
generally has had a great time.
Jim also works with the elderly as a musical therapist.
"Jim Perkins is simply one of the finest and most versatile musicians in the state."
- Matt Watroba, NPR radio host