WHAT'S ON / James Yorkston / Pictish Trail
at The Queen's Hall
7pm Doors Open
8pm The Pictish Trail (with special guests King Creosote, Jim Red Well, Alex Süpergun, Owen & Bart from eagleowl)
9.15pm James Yorkston
Resident of the East Neuk of Fife, James Yorkston has been releasing a series of much acclaimed albums since 2001 and has toured the UK, North America and Europe for the last ten years, building a loyal and dedicated following. A popular figure in the contemporary music world and integral member of the much lauded Fence Collective, his style shows a mastery of folk traditions, often drawing on traditional songs, which has seen him collaborate with such heritage artists as the Waterson family, Martin Carthy and Bert Jansch.
In February of this year James released his critically acclaimed first book, It’s Lovely to be Here – The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent. Presented as a series of tour diaries, It’s Lovely to be Here offers a mix of deadpan humour and wide-eyed wonder whilst mapping out the realities and endless disorientations of life on the road. James will be performing some new material prior to recording in the new year, as well as all the old favourites.
James will be joined by Emma Smith, violin; Sarah Scutt, clarinet and Serafina Steer, harp.
Plus special guests The Pictish Trail. This is the nom de plume of Johnny Lynch, a Scottish musician who also runs Fence Records alongside Kenny Anderson (King Creosote). His music is a sonorous mixture of acoustic-driven balladry and lo-fi synthesised pop, that has been described as “a post-summer trove of sun-warped electro, anamorphic folk” (Plan B Magazine).