James Harvey hails from Mountrath in Co. Laois. His most recent accomplishment was completing a Bachelor of Arts in Irish Music and Dance receiving first class honours. He is now continuing his education in the Irish World Academy in the University of Limerick undertaking a Professional Diploma in Education.
His banjo playing has always been at the highest level, winning gold medals at four All-Ireland Fleadh competitions in a row, this was a great achievement for someone only playing the banjo four years! He added a further three All- Ireland gold medals at the Fleadh competitions on the mandolin. The title of senior world Fleadh Banjo champion was added to his achievement list by the age of sixteen. His teachers were Cliondhna Costello and John Carty. His love of music is primarily based in Irish Traditional Music but he has studied a wide range of music including classical mandolin, bluegrass, and Jazz. He completed an improvisation course run by Berkley College of Music. He is a resident banjo teacher in Peter Dees Academy of Music and Newport Music School.