Toy Shop Ghost
Songs with a story–homesick astronauts, conversations with a shark, aliens posing as pilgrims–this is Art Plunk.
Toy Shop Ghost (Jim Connolly) makes surrealist art songs dusted with Americana. Jim began writing these story-songs in 2013. In the following three years, Toy Shop Ghost recorded three albums of original tunes (Broadcasting Live, Art Plunk, Sparks Spread Wildfire ), and one album of reimagined 1920's and 30's songs with string quartet (Thrift Store).
Toy Shop Ghost has performed in Germany, Poland, Macedonia, Greece, and Mexico. Collaborators have included Anna Abbey, Peter Buck, Nate Birkey, Emily Hay, Austin Beede, Chris Symer, and Robinson Eikenberry. Current plans include a return to Germany and an album of duos recorded in restrooms and churches.
Jim Connolly writes music and lives in Santa Barbara, California. He plays the double bass, saw, ruan, banjo, piano, and sings. Growing up in Massachusetts, he attended New England Conservatory...and began writing music the day he quit school.
Jim's current projects include his solo writing as Toy Shop Ghost, collaboration with Lit Moon Theatre (for which he has worked as a composer and performer for 22 years), and Live From The Piano Kitchen (a radio-style late-night variety show). Jim has previously collaborated with The Gove County Philharmonic and The Gove County String Quartet.
Jim is the recipient of nine Independent Theater Awards, numerous commissions and grants, and has been named one of the twenty-five most intriguing people in Santa Barbara Magazine. He's released eight recordings of original music. He has worked with Nate Birkey, Gilles Apap, Van Dyke Parks, Jeff Kaiser, Brad Dutz, Headless Household, Jeff Bridges, Vinny Golia, Eugene Chadbourne, Glen Philips, Spencer Barnitz, Anna Abbey and his brother Kevin Connolly.