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James Yorkston & The Big Eyes Family Players @ The Tunnels, 15th October


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Thursday 15th October 2009

The Tunnels, Carnegies Brae, Aberdeen, AB10 1BF. Phone (01224) 211121

Doors 8pm

Tickets 10+bf in adv / 12 on door

Available from One-Up Records, Belmont Street, Aberdeen. Phone (01224) 642662 or http://www.ticketweb.co.uk





James Yorkston is a member of the Fence Collective and has released 6 albums on Domino Records, his most recent being Folk Songs a collaboration with The Big Eyes Family Players

A lithe and intelligent series of traditional songs done anew, it flits between gorgeous and solemn, stunning and subtle, worthy and light, and is, all round, a delight. A quiet, subtle, wonderful triumph of an album. Sunday Herald

For me, listening to James Yorkstons music is like coming across the interesting-looking person on the fringes of a party. Before you know it, youve spent the evening listening to their compelling tale. Theres a quiet confidence in his craft; his singing, the words and instrumentation all blend seamlessly. Philip Selway, Radiohead

Yorkston has reached a state of grace that writers can spend for ever trying to attain: songs that sound not so much written as carefully retrieved from your own subconcious, played with an intuition bordering on telepathy. What more could you ask for? - Pete Paphides, The Times



The Big Eyes Family Players started out as 'Big Eyes' in 2000. They are an ever-changing instrumental classical/acoustic/folk group and have released 6 albums since 2000 (4 as Big Eyes). They have a new album due for release on Pickled Egg in late 2009, entitled 'Warm Room'.

Big Eyes were also a perennial favourite of John Peel and played with Daniel Johnston at his first UK gig in 2002. Somewhat randomly, the Paul Smith fashion house produced a range of Big Eyes Family Players t-shirts for their Japanese stores in 2008. The group are led by James Green and have previously featured Jeremy Barnes (A Hawk & A Hacksaw), Rachel Grimes (Rachel's), Terry Edwards (Tindersticks/Gallon Drunk) and James William Hindle in their line-up over the years, as well as many others.



While reading 20th Century Music at University, Mary heard her first English folksong on a friends mixtape, in between Frank Zappa and Penderecki. The song was The Snow It Melts the Soonest, the singer was Anne Briggs. It was the sheer exoticism of this sound mixed with the raw symbolism of its traditional text that became the starting point for her own songwriting. Throw into the mix a background in chamber composition and an ear for the more uncanny use of familiar sounds and youll get some idea of her debut album My Mothers Children, which was released in 2008 to the delight of reviewers across the board, and landed in Mojos top 5 folk albums of the year. The songs have been described as: brilliant and peculiar, terrifying and gorgeous, old and fresh, epic and tiny and the feel of the album even inspired comparisons to Sylvia Plath and T.S.Eliot.



David A Jaycock has released 2 albums thus far, on Early Winter Recordings (The Improvised Killing of Uncle Faustus and Other Mythologies) and Red Deer (Coleopterous Cuckoos Collude), and a single on Great Pop Supplement. He plays strange acoustic music, with a nod to all kinds of classical and avant-garde influences. Frances Morgan of Plan B described his music as having 'an edge of thoroughly chilling British oddness'.

He has played extensively in the UK, and in 2008 at the Green Man Festival. He has been a member of Big Eyes/Big Eyes Family Players since 2003.


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