Jim Moginie

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Jim Moginie
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Jim Moginie A Very Big Gig (benefit for Wayne Goodwin) The Basement, Sydney August 2008
Background information
Birth name James Moginie
Born (1956-05-18) 18 May 1956 (age 59)
Genres Rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Years active 1971–present
Labels Virgin Music, Reverberama
Associated acts Midnight Oil, Silverchair, Sarah Blasko, End of Fashion, Neil Murray, Kasey Chambers, Neil Finn, The Break

James "Jim" Moginie (born 18 May 1956 in Sydney) is an Australian musician. He is best known for his work with Midnight Oil, of which he was a founding member, guitarist, keyboardist and leading songwriter.


In addition to Midnight Oil, Moginie has worked and performed with many musicians from Australia and New Zealand, including silverchair, Sarah Blasko, End of Fashion, Neil Murray, Kasey Chambers and Neil Finn. Moginie has also played live with his band The Family Dog, which comprises different members at times, including Trent Williamson, Kent Steedman, Paul Loughhead and Tim Kevin.

He has released three solo works. The four-track EP Fuzz Face was recorded in Moginie's small home studio with Midnight Oil producer Nick Launay and released in 1996, with Midnight Oil bassist Bones Hillman contributing under the pseudonym 'The Family Dog' – a term that Moginie would later use for his live band.

Alas Folkloric (2006) is Moginie's first full-length album and first release after Midnight Oil disbanded. The album features contributions from Martin Rotsey and Rob Hirst, as well as Paul Dempsey on the track "Halfway Home", and was released through the Virgin Music label.

No Vans Mary by Shameless Seamus (Moginie's folk music pseudonym) was released in 2010. His interested in the traditional music of Ireland has deepened and his seven-piece band Shameless Seamus and The Tullamore Dews released the live in the studio 'Ballroom Of Romance' CD in 2012. Both records are available through the Reverberama label. Moginie also sings and plays bouzouki and guitar with a smaller traditional Irish group, The Tinkers, with core members Alan Healy (tenor banjo, bouzouki, vocals) and Evelyn Finnerty (fiddle, vocals).

Moginie is no longer active in record production, but he co-produced Melbourne band The Fauves' LP "When Good Times Go Good", Sarah Blasko's 'Flame Trees" and the album "What The Sea Wants The Sea Will Have', and worked with Bill Chambers, Lyn Bowtell, Blind Valley, Alex Lloyd, The Living End, Leah Flanagan, The Backsliders, The New Christs, Jordan Léser, Dom Turner and Phil Wiggins, Catherine Britt, Kate Plummer, Love Parade and numerous others.

He is touring and recording with Rob Hirst, Martin Rotsey and Brian Ritchie in The Break, whose surf rock album Church Of The Open Sky was produced by Moginie and released on 16 April 2010 on the Bombora label, distributed by MGM. The band's second release "Space Farm", a more adventurous and psychedelic work featuring Jack Howard on trumpet, was produced by Moginie and was released worldwide on 15 March 2013 through the Sony Music label.

In 2013 and 2014 Moginie and Ritchie performed with the ACO Underground (Australian Chamber Orchestra) in Sydney, Banff and New York City.

Moginie's latest project involves performing with his Electric Guitar Orchestra and writing for the project commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre as part of his 2014 year as Artist in Residence program. Performances include Sydney Opera House, Mona Foma Festival 2015, Borris Festival of Writing And Ideas and the Longitude Festival, Ireland.

Personal life[edit]

He has two children, Samuel Moginie and Alice Moginie.

External links[edit]

Jim Moginie and the Family Dog, The Harp Hotel August 2008 Photo: Mandy Hall