BIOG

Born in Yorkshire in 1970, James O’Hara is a blues singer and guitar player of Irish and Scottish descent.


In 1986 James formed his own band Fingerpoppin’ Daddies and broke into the UK Blues circuit. They later changed their name to The Detonators. By a stroke of luck in 1995 they happened to fill in for Georgie Fame at the Alexis Korner Memorial Concert and were signed on the spot by Del Taylor of Indigo Records. They then went on to play with artists such as Lonnie Donegan, Chris Barber and Peter Green at UK venues; Ronnie Scotts, The 100 Club, Band on the Wall, and made countless festival appearances.

The Detonators broke up in 1998 and James formed The Giantkillers with the legendary rhythm section of King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys.  After several successful years the band went their own way.

Since 2007 James has been active on the British blues scene. He frequents the city of Chicago, welcomed by some of the great blues artists such as Phil Guy (RIP), Lurrie Bell, Billy Branch and Jimmy Burns. When visiting Chicago he’s played some legendary places including: 2120 South Michigan Ave (the old Chess Records studio), Buddy Guys’ Legends, Rosa’s Lounge, Kingston Mines and B.L.U.E.S. After one visit he had to explain to British Customs that the brick in his luggage was from Muddy Waters’ old house!

In 2016 James and the band were invited to play on the Blues Matters stage at Colne International Rhythm and Blues Festival, coinciding with an imminent debut CD.

The new album is heavily influenced by the old school blues with a modern twist.  The music celebrates James' 30 odd years of experience in the worldwide Blues scene and is available everywhere on streaming media or most popular download sites now!

The band are from West Yorkshire UK with an unbeatable line-up consisting of: James vocals and guitar, Paul Corry 2nd guitar, Marc Layton-Bennett drums, Clinton McFarlane bass and Jon Burr harmonica. The nine original tracks on the album were written in collaboration with lyricist Joanne Thomas. ​

With a bright future ahead, James is looking forward to whatever 2017 brings.