Whether performing at a coffeehouse, college concert or an outdoor festival, Jim’s music has never failed to capture the hearts and feet of his audience. His up tempo guitar style, mix of catchy originals and masterful interpretations of contemporary music leaves his audience feeling fully satisfied. Whether he’s finger picking a Celtic jig, a New Age instrumental, or singing a delta blues song, his distinctive style has won him both applause and accolades. An accomplished songwriter, his original compositions have brought him awards and high honors throughout the country.
A few years ago he was commissioned along with five other Maine artist to record a Christmas album for LL Bean. Most recently his song “The Don” was the featured song in the MPBN documentary film Gone: The Mystery of the Don. His songs have also used in film and TV commercials. “River Watch” the title song from his all fingerstyle instramental guitar CD's was chosen by Ars Nova Productions for their compilation CD entitled “The Hottest New Independent Artist, Vol 3: Powerful Instamentals”. Cyrus Rhodes of the muses muse says “From start to finish Old Hat with a New Coat by Jim Gallant is one impressive catalog of music. The lyrics are catchy, & the melodies are well crafted & hooky. Last but not least the songwriting & vocal presence from front Jim Gallant is world-class.”
He has shared the stage with nationally recognized artists as Doc Watson, Taj Mahal, Livingston Taylor, Jessie Colin Young, Dave Von Ronk, Mark Collie, The New Grass Revival, The Shaw Brothers and Bill Staines. His down to earth sense of humor permeates throughout his shows and along with his mastery of fingerstyle guitar and warm rich vocals, makes for an evening you won’t soon forget. Not only a performer, Jim has been teaching guitar at the Fiddlehead Center for the Arts in Gray Me to students of all ages and levels and has given workshops throughout New England. He’s the perfect musical answer for your corporate function, school event and college concert or workshop.
Robert Silverstein of “20th Century Guitar” writes, “A gifted acoustic guitarist, Gallant’s fretboard work is both rhythmic and tuneful”.
In the fall 2003 “ New England Trekker”, a New England sporting magazine did an indepth article of Jim and his music and called him a “world class player”.
"The Odd Waltz, one of Gallant's originals shows how wonderful instrumental guitar can be.."