One of the first major graduates of Fife's Fence Collective and subsequently one of the major players in English folk, James Yorkston was snapped up by Domino Records within a week of label head Laurence Bell first catching him live and the lauded debut Moving Up Country was released in 2002. Yorkston released Just Beyond The River, the Keiran Hebden produced follow-up, again back by The Athletes, two years later and followed that up with The Year Of The Leopard a couple of years after again. The Scot has since released When The Haar Rolls In in 2008 and Folk Songs - an album of traditional songs performed with the assistance of The Big Eyes Family Players - came out a year later.
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James Yorkston used to be in a punk band. Although if he has carried over any influences from his days as Huckleberry’s bassist he hides it well. Apparently harbouring no desire to return to his musical beginnings, he recently told...