New album 'The Route To The Harmonium' out Feb 22nd
Having recently announced news of his new album The Route to the Harmonium – due for release on Feb 22nd 2019 via Domino - James Yorkston is pleased to share a second track from the forthcoming record.
On ‘Shallow’, James sings: “There are years, there are still years, that could have been ours..."
This feeling of times gone by, times missed, times that are no longer possible, is echoed elsewhere on The Route to the Harmonium - friends and family, past and present, those that have remained and those who have left is the strongest thread running through the album.
The Route to the Harmonium is James’ first solo album since 2014’s CRAWS, and is produced by himself alongside David Wrench. Whilst ‘Shallow’ is a poetic ballad, indicative in part of the classic Yorkston sound, the album also has three thrilling spoken-word pieces including the previously shared ‘My Mouth Ain’t No Bible’.
The album was almost entirely recorded by James himself, in the small Scottish fishing village of Cellardyke, where he lives. The Route to the Harmonium (or, ‘the search for peace’) is intensely personal; it’s the sound of home, of undisturbed craftmanship. Childhood and youth, those summers in West Cork, ‘just family, just brothers’ – that sense of adventure hums throughout. Listen closely and you can imagine him putting it together. Overlaying vocal and guitar tracks, adding further with Dulcitones, harmoniums and autoharps, with nyckelharpa, the distinctive Swedish stringed instrument given to him by a friend. This is Yorkston’s world and could be nowhere else in music.
In addition to his upcoming May tour, James Yorkston has announced three instores next month including London’s Rough Trade East on Feb 26th, where he will be joined by David Wrench for a Q&A.
The Route to the Harmonium is available to pre–order on Dom Mart-exclusive green vinyl (w/ signed poster), deluxe green vinyl (w/ poster), standard vinyl (w/ poster), CD and digitally. Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital
Upcoming James Yorkston live shows
24th Feb – Rough Trade Bristol + Q&A with Paul McGuinness Info
25th Feb – Rough Trade Nottingham Info
26th Feb – Rough Trade East, London + Q&A with David Wrench Info
1st April – Horsecross Perth Theatre, Perth Tickets
2nd April – Brotfabrik, Frankfurt Tickets
3rd April – Unter Deck, Munich Tickets
4th April – Heimathafen, Berlin Tickets
5th April – Pygméteatern, Stockholm Info
2nd May - Summerhall, Edinburgh Tickets
3rd May - Òran Mór, Glasgow Tickets
4th May – Airdrie Town Hall, Airdrie Tickets
5th May - Waiting Room, Eaglescliffe Tickets
6th May - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Tickets
7th May - Islington Assembly Hall, London Tickets
8th May - Reading Arts Centre, Reading Tickets
9th May – Gallery, Milton Keynes Tickets
10th May – Dukes, Lancaster Tickets
11th May – Old Cinema Launderette, Durham Tickets
13th May – Louisiana, Bristol Tickets
14th May - The Moon, Cardiff Tickets
15th May – The King’s Arms, Manchester Tickets
16th May - Trades Hall, Hebden Bridge Tickets
22nd May – Johnstone Library, Johnstone Tickets
23rd May - Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine Tickets
24th May – Tolbooth, Stirling Tickets
Upcoming Yorkston/Thorne/Khan live shows
Tues 22nd January 2019 – The Workman’s Club, Dublin
Thurs 24th January – Out To Lunch Festival, Belfast
Fri 25th January 2019 – Coughlan’s, Cork
Sat 26th January 2019 – Phil Grimes, Waterford