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With a five year gap between albums and much of his focus having centred on the Yorkston/Thorne/Khan collective, it’s been some time since most of us have had the pleasure of attending a James Yorkston solo show. Ever so occasionally though, good things do indeed come in pairs – and that’s very much the case this month, with not one but two North East dates featuring on the Fife man’s new nationwide tour.

Supplementing the usual big cities with intimate outings in lesser visited towns, the esteemed songwriter plays Eaglescliffe’s Waiting Room on Sunday 5th May, before returning to the region the following Friday (10th May) with a show at Durham folk hotspot the Old Cinema Launderette.

Each night will allow fans to sample goods from new full-length The Route To The Harmonium, a sterling record whose rich, simmering intensity and master songcraft has already earned it a comfortable place alongside such cult classics as The Year Of The Leopard and When The Haar Rolls In. In fact, having emerged with the Fence Collective some two decades back, it’s no exaggeration to say Yorkston is experiencing a creative peak. With fresh novelistic ventures to add to his musical portfolio, there’s no telling when this oft overlooked treasure may visit next.


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