The Workman’s Club presents
Yorkston/Thorne/Khan is one of the most inspired and inspirational cross-cultural acts to emerge this decade – Ken Hunt
An experimental collaborative group that includes James Yorkston one of the most “influential singer/songwriters on the Scottish folk scene”, Jon Thorne, best known as jazz double bass player with electro outfit Lamb, and Suhail Yusuf Khan, award winning sarangi player and classical singer from New Delhi. Yorkston Thorne Khan have released two albums on Domino Records, with Rolling Stone calling 2017’s Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars – ‘a game-changing masterpiece’
Yorkston Thorne Khan have played GreenMan, Celtic Connections, Field Day, Sea Change, Edinburgh International Festival, BBC6 Music Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Latitude, Glastonbury (televised by the BBC), Pirineos Sur, XXVII International Festival of Sacred Art (Spain), Rudolstadt (Germany), Ireland (Kilkenny Arts Festival, Electric Picnic) and toured in India, Denmark, Ireland and throughout the UK.
Yorkston Thorne Khan began life when Suhail Yusuf Khan met James Yorkston backstage at a small festival show in Edinburgh. They got talking about music and their respective instruments and began jamming together there and then. They enjoyed it so much, they decided to take the backstage spontaneity onto the stage that very evening. Suhail and James became firm friends and after this would hook up for shows whenever Suhail was in the UK. Finally, in
2015, they recorded their debut album ‘Everything Sacred’, with James bringing in his buddy Jon Thorne on double bass. “There’s a power in a trio” says Jon – “You can hear yourself internally, of course, and then there’s an ear each for the other two. Perfect”
Yorkston Thorne Khan’s debut album ‘Everything Sacred’ was released in January 2016 on Domino Records and received these mighty-fine reviews: ★★★★★ Record Collector ‘New Album of the Month’ “Throughout, this is the sound of three world class talents raising their respective games, as if trying to keep up with each other, creating something far greater even that the sum of their world-class parts.” ★★★★★ fRoots “Joyous, contemplative, playful, euphoric and bleakly beautiful album” ★★★★★★★★ UNCUT “It isn’t easy to pigeon-hole but it could just be one of the albums of the year” ★★★★ MOJO “Spits in the face of normal genre classifications…Enlightened and challenging, an Incredible String Band for a brave new world” ★★★★ Songlines “50 years ago the Incredible String Band emerged from the Scottish folk scene to create an extraordinary fusion of folk, acoustic pop and world music that was so singular, idiosyncratic and inimitable that the spirit of it’s magical, wide-eyed wonder has never since been matched. Until now perhaps, for this inspired Yorkston Thorne Khan teaming operates within a similarly eclectic and free-wheeling orbit” ★★★★ The Guardian “Bravely original Indian-folk-jazz fusion”
Their second, ‘Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars’, has been received equally well. Released by Domino on April 7th 2017, it represents a confluence of currents, among them the north Indian sarangi; jazz-tinged bass, reminiscent in places of Danny Thompson; acoustic guitar that owes a debt to Elizabeth Cotton, Dick Gaughan and Mississippi John Hurt; and three very different vocalists. The combination is unusual: YTK’s Everything Sacred, released in 2016, may be the only precedent. Yet while, on paper, the constituent elements might seem disparate, the new album is, if anything, even more coherent than its predecessor.
Rolling Stone “A game-changing masterpiece” ★★★★★★★★ UNCUT “Not so much fusion as a cross-cultural collision” ★★★★★ fRoots “Brimming with confidence, ideas and musicianship, these Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars are a band of brothers at the top of their collective game” ★★★★★ Soundblab “The rivers of musical currents run deep and pure as Scottish and Indian languages, swap sounds of sorrow with universal understanding” Songlines – “The fluidity of their interplay has now become almost second nature” ★★★★ MOJO “The sound they conjure up is Heavenly” ★★★★ The Guardian “Improbable trio work wonders again”
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Yorkston Thorne Khan ‘Sufi Song’ live – https://goo.gl/t4XWh0 Yorkston Thorne Khan ‘Little Black Buzzer’ – https://goo.gl/90swvW www.yorkstonthornekhan.com / www.jamesyorkston.co.uk
Further information about James Yorkston, Jon Thorne and Suhail Yusuf Khan follows:
Suhail Yusuf Khan
Suhail plays the Sarangi, an instrument he describes basically as an “Indian ‘cello”. He comes from a rich musical background and within his family he is the eighth generation Sarangi player carrying on the tradition. Suhail descends from the Moradabad-Rampur and Senia Gharana of Miyaan Tansen. He is the grandson of renowned Sarangi legend Padmabhushan and Padmashree awardee Ustad Sabri Khan and nephew of the Sarangi genius Ustad Kamal Sabri. Suhail is the recipient of many prestigious awards: The Best Instrumentalist Award by Chinmaya Center of Music, The Best Sarangi Player award by Expressions 2003 and 2004 at Pragati Maidan, The Best Emerging Musician at DPS Noida Thunder Festival, 2005, The Best Musician at Pepsi Storm held at Hamsadhwani theatre, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. He also received the prestigious President`s Gold Medal in All India Radio competition held in 2004. Suhail has toured extensively in India and played in France, England, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Nepal, Pakistan, the Maldives, Singapore, North America and the Middle East. Suhail is also a very accomplished singer, trained in the Indian Classical fashion, whilst acknowledging influences from Sufi devotional singing and artists such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Jon Thorne Jon Thorne is an English double bassist and composer. Musically Jon is self-taught and started playing at the age of 23. He studied and played jazz for a number of years and considers legendary British bassist Danny Thompson his bass mentor. Jon has also been strongly influenced on bass by Charles Mingus. Renowned as a passionate, energetic and highly skilled performer, Jon Thorne’s career as a double bassist has spanned a broad range of the musical spectrum. As bassist in the band Lamb between 1996-2016 he recorded 5 albums, toured 40 countries in 5 continents and played at most of the world’s leading festivals including Coachella, Roskilde, Wechter, Glastonbury, Montreux Jazz, North Sea Jazz and NYC Central Park Summerstage. His first orchestral suite is entitled Watching the Well. It was a Manchester Jazz Festival commission, written for and featuring Danny Thompson, debuted at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester in 2007, and was released on the Naim label in November 2010 to strong critical acclaim.
He has also recorded, performed and appeared on albums with artists as diverse as Liam Bailey, Robert Miles, Trilok Gurtu, Robert Fripp, Donovon, Guy Barker, Badly Drawn Boy, Kate Havnevik and King Creosote.
‘The finest song-writer of his generation’ – John Peel
James Yorkston has been releasing a series of much acclaimed albums since 2001 and has toured the UK, North America and Europe, building a loyal and dedicated following. A popular figure in the contemporary music world and integral member of the much lauded Fence Collective, his style shows a mastery of folk traditions, often drawing on traditional songs, which has seen him collaborate with such heritage artists as the Waterson family, Martin Carthy and the late Bert Jansch. James Yorkston is a regular performer at festivals such as Green Man, Latitude, Bestival and Meltdown.
James has been featured twice on BBC2’s The Culture Show, has had a 20-minute documentary about him screened on Channel 4 and was a musical director for the BBC Electric Proms tribute to Lal Waterson. In 2011 his debut book ‘It’s Lovely to be Here – The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent’ was published by Faber, and his eighth album ‘The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society’ was produced by Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) and released in August 2014. In April 2016 Freight Books published James’ debut novel ‘3 Craws’.