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JAMES YORKSTON will be singing songs old and new and reading excerpts from his acclaimed literary debut due to be published by Domino in February.
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. James Yorkston is a regular performer at festivals such as Green Man, Latitude, Bestival and Meltdown.
‘I’ve loved James’ music for years now and booked him repeatedly for my festivals so what a joy to have a book by the man. His laidback prose is like having a conversation with an old chum sat by the fire nursing a wee dram on a windy night on some slightly desolate Scottish island. My kinda night out so thanks for the writing James!’ – Rob Da Bank
More information on It’s Lovely to be Here – The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent
‘A beautiful book about being on the road: brilliantly funny, unsentimentally poignant and shot through with the clear-eyed honesty that James Yorkston brings to his music-making. It’s Lovely To Be Here is, quite simply, unmissable.’ – James Barton
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.
By turns poignant, witty and philosophical, James Yorkston’s account becomes an ongoing search for meaning in the lyrics, chords, bars and van window-views of a modern day troubadour.
James’ style of songwriting: self-aware, self-deprecating, conversational and highly romantic – paired with his gift for storytelling – has made a natural transition to the printed page. Like the man himself it is by turns amusing, charming and occasionally a little despondent.
A welcome antidote to the celebrity memoir, this compelling account of life on the road is a must for music fans across the board. All human life is here, and quite a lot of whisky.
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‘James Yorkston has reached a state of grace that writers can spend for ever trying to attain: songs that sound not so much written as carefully retrieved from your own subconcious, played with an intuition bordering on telepathy. What more could you ask for?’ – Pete Paphides, The Times
“For me, listening to James Yorkston’s music is like coming across the interesting-looking person on the fringes of a party. Before you know it, you’ve spent the evening listening to their compelling tale. There’s a quiet confidence in his craft; his singing, the words and instrumentation.” – Philip Selway, Radiohead
It’s Lovely to be Here – The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent
Published 3rd February 2011, £9.99, paperback, The Domino Press
Joining James will be Radiohead drummer PHILIP SELWAY, who his debut solo album, Familial, in August this year. The album features Selway on guitar and vocals, along with Wilco members Glenn Kotche and Pat Sansone. Tonight, Philip will perform with ADEM ILHAN.
“Familial” is a collection of sublimely fragile, haunting and heartfelt songs that will surprise many, and not only because drummers traditionally don’t do this kind of thing. “Familial” is so persuasively good, it sounds like Selway has always been a singer-songwriter.
Critical acclaim for “Familial”, released in August on Bella Union records…
“Quietly asserts Selway as a sensitive soul… eschews pummelling drums in favour of gentler percussion and intricate loops… Selway has delivered an album so honest and thoughtful, you’ll see not only drummers but yourself in a new light”
NME – 8/10
“Familial is an acoustically plucked, feet-on-the-ground record, Selway’s fragile and inviting voice a delightful match for his misplaced self doubt”
MOJO – 4 Stars ****
“Familial in an alternative acoustic universe of intricate guitar picking, tightly written melodies and soft, confident vocals”
The Times – 4 stars ****
“The main characteristics are Selway’s expressive vocals… the message he broke away from his day job to communicate is one of stoicism and maturity and the angst that attends adult responsibility”
Mail on Sunday – 5 stars ***** (CD of the Week)
“a genuinely moving listen and an album which deserves to stand free of anyone’s shadow”
Clash – 8/10
“this acoustic-based album is a softly sung delight, brushed with beautifully textured, understated arrangements… The songwriting is a revelation”
The Sun – 5 *****
“Haunting melodies and subtle hooks dominate… touching tales about Selway’s close family… Familial sits neatly alongside the swaying acoustics of Bella Union label-mates the Fleet Foxes”
Daily Mail – 4 stars ****
This is a singer-songwriter’s album, filled with quiet, personal, beautiful music… Moving and accomplished”
Uncut – 4 Stars ***
“Selway sings, and very nicely too, about father-son ties and solitude. His quiet, melodic voice heightens the intimacy… the instrumentation is subtly detailed and beautiful”
“he emerges fully formed from behind the drum kit and delivers a minimalist set of sitdown songs with a west coast breeze and an English folk plaintiveness… The whole thing is rather beautiful”
“brings to mind the quieter moments of Talk Talk and Radiohead… the surface mood is contemplative and intimate, while the emotional turmoil wrestles below”
The Independent – 4 Stars ***
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