Songwriter James Yorkston’s gloriously eclectic nights of music and sounds have made a new home at The Queen’s Hall.
For these two very special editions of Tae Sup at The Queen's, we move from our usual cosy performance space to the spectacle of the main 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 known 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)
Richard Dawson: Such is the degree to which Richard Dawson has drawn down long drafts from the whirlpools of Elemental North Eastern Archetypes, he may now be one himself. Fearless in his research and willingness to follow his inspiration, Dawson has created an impressive catalogue of music and storytelling steeped in both ancient myths and contemporary dread. A fog of sickness, trauma and mute inevitability inhabits these records and is often expressed in the havoc with which Dawson's hands produce sounds from his long-suffering guitar, an instrument as bruised, individual and indefatigable as its owner.
Bell Lungs: (aka Scottish-Turkish vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Ceylan Hay) is a conduit of the emotions, dragging open the lid of her sonic tool box to create loop-based, evolving music which carries the listener from one state to another. Live sets often involve layers of lush vocal harmonies, shrieks and babbling, ambient drones, pop ballads, juddering noise, and faux lost ethnographic field recordings created before your very ears, pulled from strings, keys, woodwinds, analogue electronics and tuned percussion.
Juliette Lemoine: Trailblazing a path as a cello soloist, Juliette Lemoine recently burst onto the Scottish music scene with her debut album ‘Soaring’. Launching with a sold-out headline performance at Celtic Connections, her emotive compositions weave through Scottish Traditional, Western Classical, and Jazz genres to create a highly personal new voice. Juliette is fascinated by the cello’s potential to take on a lead melodic role in a traditional music context, in the way a fiddle typically would, retaining the fluidity, bowing style, ornaments and authenticity.
Since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland last year, she has toured her debut album extensively across Scotland and performed numerous sold-out headline concerts–– including at Edinburgh Tradfest, Aberdeen Jazz Festival, and Celtic Connections. She currently leads her album band, featuring Charlie Stewart (fiddle), Fergus McCreadie (piano) and Matt Carmichael (tenor sax), and plays in a duo with guitarist Chris Amer.
Tae Sup at The Queen's Sept 2023