We are sorry to announce that the James Yorkston Xmas show at The Luminaire on Monday 20th December has been cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions.
All tickets will remain valid for the James Yorkston show at St Giles Church on the 23rd of February 2011.
You may return your tickets to point of purchase by the 1st of February 2011 for a full refund
For the sixth year in a row JAMES YORKSTON continues the tradition by holding a Christmas special at Kilburn’s Luminaire.
James Yorkston is a singer / songwriter in the best folksy tradition, weaving together a seemingly effortless mix of sweet melodies, haunting lyrics, irreverent humour and the odd blast of harmonica. Presenting more tales of waking up drunk in unfamiliar surroundings, throwing rocks at magpies, dogs chasing ghosts, stubborn sea winds, regrets and joys and smiles and peace and quiet and love and hate and more (mistletoe-facilitated) love.
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 ***