Songwriter James Yorkston’s gloriously eclectic nights of music and sounds have made a new home at The Queen’s Hall.
“I just try and mix things up, keeping the line-ups interesting, not one particular genre or theme to a night… A lot of the people I ask to play are friends who I’ve nown for years, or just people I’ve met on the road whose music has taken to me. When programming, I start with Who would I like to see play? and work from there…” (James Yorkston)
These are intimate, multi-act shows, opening with a few songs by James Yorkston and hosted in the snug of The Queen's Hall's new performance space. There’ll be a few unreserved seats on a first-come-first-served basis, then standing space.
Special guest performers:
Martin and Eliza Carthy: Legendary ballad singer/guitarist Martin Carthy and his daughter Eliza Carthy, marking her 30th career anniversary in 2022, join forces to perform an eclectic range of songs and tunes from their vast family repertoire: both their traditional canon and a more contemporary songbook. This duo format showcases their unique individual musical talents and highlights their symbiotic bond with instinctive, sensitive arrangements.
Rónán Ó Snodaigh & Myles O’Reilly: In a spur of the moment decision during a Pandemic lockdown, Rónán Ó Snodaigh, frontman from the Irish folk band Kíla, and filmmaker/musician Myles O’Reilly, filled a car with instruments and decamped to a cottage in the remote east of Ireland. In the ethereal sound grown to characterise Myles minimal ambient projects, Rónán found a nest to lay some new lyrics and musical ideas. Two weeks later their critically acclaimed album 'Ta Go Maith' was born.
Iona Fyfe: Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the northeast of Scotland. In 2021, she became the first singer to win the coveted title of Musician of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. Iona is a fierce advocate for the official recognition of the Scots Language, leading a successful campaign to pressure Spotify into recognising Scots and add it to its list of languages.