The folk trio of James Yorkston, Jon Thorne and Suhail Yusuf Khan return to Summerhall to play songs from their second album Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars. Their debut album Everything Sacred was a massive critical success and the follow-up has also been well received. All three members of the band have their roots in folk music, however they all come from different parts of the globe and this contributes to their unique approach to songwriting. Yorkston lives in the East Neuk of Fife, Thorne hails from the Isle of Wight and Khan is from Delhi. These locations also have an obvious influence on the title of the latest album.
Carla Easton is the lead singer with the excellent pop band Teen Canteen, but also performs as a solo artist under the name Ette and acts as the support this evening. It has almost been exactly a year since Ette released her debut album Homemade Lemonade on Olive Grove Records. Tonight, Easton performs a mix of old and new songs from her catalogue and each track has a catchy pop hook and a bold and brilliant chorus.
When they take to the stage, Yorkston/Thorne/Khan showcase just how brilliant and diverse collaborations can be. Yorkston has a calm, intimate voice and this compliments Thorne’s discreet double bass, while Khan brings distinctive and personal sounds from India. The combination makes for an exceptional style that draws on jazz, folk and traditional music. The variety of styles is captivating and a James Yorkston solo track Tender to the Blues sounds even more touching when it is accompanied by Khan. The band are in a chatty mood throughout the evening and clearly enjoy making music together. They even find time to include songs by Lal Waterson and Ivor Cutler in their set, emphasising the wide range of influences in their music.
Thorne gets the last word when the band close with the final track of the latest album, One More Day. The evening is an intimate one from a trio who continue to amaze and enchant audiences with their exceptional music.
With the Edinburgh Fringe just around the corner, live music at Summerhall appears to be a little quiet throughout July, but there is a full programme of gigs under the Nothing Ever Happens Here strand throughout August. Yorkston/Thorne/Khan also return to Edinburgh during the festival season to play an event the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Monday 21 August.