On this weeks show we have something very special in store for you, a rare chance to hear first hand some of what inspires the player John Peel once described as “The finest songwriter of his generation”.
Recorded in his home on the east coast of Scotland, James Yorkston is our special guest host on this weeks Simple Folk Radio. Tune in as James delves through his vast music collection to share with us some of his favourite songs from over the years.
James Yorkston was the first member of the Fence Collective to emerge from the creative oddity that is the East Neuk of Fife. His first solo show was supporting Bert Jansch, his first tour was supporting John Martyn. After those heady heights he went on to sign to Domino and record his debut album in a damp soaked cottage in the Scottish Borders. Domino subsequently released this record, Moving Up Country, which went on to become Rough Trade’s Album of The Year 2002.
James was invited to play a John Peel Radio 1 session in 2003 and was labelled “the finest songwriter of his generation”. He has gone on to forge a career as one of Scotland’s most respected songwriters, releasing 6 further critically acclaimed albums.
Signed to Domino Records for ten years now, still an integral member of The Fence Collective (which now boasts amongst it’s numbers some of Simple Folk Radio’s favourite musicians – King Creoste, The Pictish Trail, Seamus Fogarty, Withered Hand, Rozi Plain…). Like a fine whiskey, James just seems to be getting better with age. Last year saw his first book published, a tour diary entitled ‘It’s Lovely To Be Here’, a seventh album ‘I Was A Cat From A Book’ (read the Folk Radio UK review and interview) on Domino Records along side a 10th Anniversary Edition of Moving Up Country.
James will be touring the UK later this year, you can find more details at http://www.jamesyorkston.co.uk/live-dates/
Broadcast Schedule – UK Time Zone
First Broadcast: Sunday 27th January 2013 @ 5pm – on Folk Radio UK
Then repeated on the following:
Monday: @ 2am
Wednesday: @ 9pm
Friday: @ 1pm
ON OUR NEXT SHOW
Our monthly resident host Daniel Green (Laish/Sons of Noel and Adrian) returns from the wilds of winter with a live session from avant jazz composer, poet and skewed pop songwriter Alabaster Deplume, plus studio guest Rory Dickenson, who as OCDC, composes piano suites and documents lo-fi pop.
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