Jimmy and Val first sang together in the early 70s in their local folk club, 'The Jerry' in Prudhoe. Val's work took her to London while Jimmy remained in the North East performing with local acoustic bands.

jiva was formed when Jimmy ('ji') and Val ('va') got together again in 2002 after 30 years when Val moved back to Northumberland. Since then they have built a solid reputation (not only in the North East, but across the UK) as performers of quality self-penned material and interpreters of carefully chosen songs by other artists.

40 years after having first met, they finally tied the knot - travelling to America in 2009 to be married at Taylor Guitars in El Cajon, California - a fitting venue, appropriate not only to their style of music but also the guitars that are the cornerstone of the unique gentle blend that is unmistakably jiva.

Below is a slideshow of photos from the wedding - the music is an Allan Taylor song 'Dancing On A Saturday Night' written as his wedding gift to them.


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