Folk – The James Brothers
The James Brothers are not really outlaws, neither are they brothers and only one of them is called James. They come from the lands down under, Australia and New Zealand to be precise, lands in which the traditional songs and tunes of the British Isles have evolved their own unique characteristics, like musical marsupials. It’s these songs and tunes, and several of their own making, that The James Brothers have united to play.
The James Brother who is called James is Sydney-born James Fagan, best known as one half of Nancy Kerr & James Fagan (musically and maritally). The James Brother who isn’t called James is Jamie McClennan, a Kiwi who found himself in a duo with Scotland’s BBC-award-winning Emily Smith (whom he also married).
While both men are quick to point out that their work with their wives is still the primary passion, The James Brothers allows them to be centre stage, playing the music of their roots and telling jokes without fear of being told off. That’s the James Brothers. Two men. Two Voices. Two Instruments… No Sheilas.
New Roots 2016 finalists Shorelark, are a new young folk duo comprising singer-songwriter and guitarist Georgia Morgan Turner, and recorder player and English folk multi-instrumentalist Finn Collinson. Their arrangements make great use of unusual instrumentation, inspired by our wide influences, which range from Brazilian music to Baroque recorder works. In Autumn 2015, they released their first EP, entitled Longwayes For Six.
Friday 31st March 2017, Start time 08.00pm