Jim Conroy has been a resident of the central coast since 1989. During that time he has carved out a unique position in the music and art world. In the early nineties, he was the leader of a number of R&B and country bands; The Moments, The Convictions, The Moonstone Cowboys and the acoustic duo Shim & Jim. In 1995, he released the CD “Convinced,” a mixture of R&B, gospel and country pop. For seven years he was a member of the San Luis Obispo Vocal Arts Ensemble, and was often a featured soloist with that group, joining them on tours of the British Isles and Canada. He formed the popular group “The Irish Potatoheads” with members of VAE, and delighted many an audience with their own version of Celtic music. He earned a respected place in the Jazz community, leading the Jim Conroy Quartet and producing the annual Jazz Vocal Summit for the SLO Jazz Federation. He has three jazz CDs “Heart of the Man” in ’98, “Live and Livin’ Large.” in’01, and a piano/voice collaboration “The Edd & I” with Edd Richards on piano in 2005. In 2003, Jim toured with his multi-media presentation of “Espiritu Vagabundo” and garnered critical acclaim for this groundbreaking work. The CD of the same name, the soundtrack from the show was also released in that year. In 2004 Jim released a cd called “One Irish-American Baritone,” and also appeared as Daddy Warbucks in the SLO Little Theater Production of “Annie,” winning rave reviews for his performance. For four years between 2005-8 he appeared at the Pewter Plough Playhouse for their annual look at the Great American Songbook with presentations of the works of Gershwin, Berlin, Harlan and finally Rodgers and Hart. He also took a turn at acting at the Pewter Plough with the lead role in “Panache” in 2005. In 2001, Jim threw his hat into the literary field, and published his first book “Life’s an Art,” an autobiographical look at growing up in the music scene, and other assorted tales. On January 21, 2005 he celebrated the release of a second book “OF COURSE a Journey to the Source,” and in 2009 his first fictional work “The Myth of Id.” Also, in 2009 he released two cd’s available on this website; “Songtree” a homespun retrospective of his favorite original material, and “Joy Be With You All” a live in concert recording of the Seamus Conroy Band done at Painted Sky Studio in Cambria.
“Con el tiempo veramos, lo que sonamos que se hira”
“In time we will see, what we dream will come to be”
2010 finds Jim hard at work trying to complete a studio cd of new original music tentatively entitled “Where the Celtic Cactus Grows.”
2012 The big story was the 30th Sweetwater Reunion with Vince Gill and the Sweethearts of the Rodeo in Hermosa Beach, which Jim produced, but also there was the Jazz Vocal Showcase in SLO and Red Holloway’s memorial in Cambria that he also produced.
2013 Finally the original CD was completed and released but is now called “Heart Searches.” Three more trips to Hermosa to play with the Sons of the South Bay.