Performing in the main hall in Summerhall, James Yorkston, Suhail Yusuf Khan and Jon Thorne indulged us with an ethereal, fluid, intimate gig, which had the full backing of an applauding crowd. Playing tracks from their Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars album as well as James’ back catalogue, there was a varied mix to the evening which kept it entertaining along with comedy from Jon Thorne and the usual modest banter from East Neuk’s very own Yorkston.
A fine example of the breadth and depth of the language of music, which evidently transcends borders, Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, open the wider discussion of cross-cultural unity. With James Yorkston from the quaint East Neuk of Fife, Jon Thorne from the Isle of Wight and Suhail Khan from New Delhi, there are wide ranging influences and cultures that culminate their sound, outlining all there is to gain from operating without boundaries within the cultural context.
With support coming from Teen Canteen’s Carla Easton under her alternative guise, Ette, there was certainly a varied sound throughout the eve. Her DIY pop aesthetic was no similarity to what was to follow but was interesting all the same. Performing tracks from her album, Homemade Lemonade, Easton made clear that she has no nerves when it comes to making errors, “”mistakes make us human don’t they?” Showcasing her vocals and ability on the keyboard there was a real feeling of eighties and nineties nostalgia that swept over me with Easton’s set, as she took me back to a time when I hit the Casio.
A seated gig, which seemed to see the bums of many rise to applaud eruptiously with each track performed by the trio, it was a civilised cultural juxtaposition. Incorporating tracks from Cellardykes Recording And Wassailing Society, such as The Blues You Sang, as well as Broken Wave (a blues for Doogie), as well as older albums, as they near conclude with a personal James Yorkston favourite, Tender to the Blues, whilst also including the work of Robert Burns and a cover from Ivor Cutler in their set, there is much to keep the audience enthralled. And if that was not enough then Jon Thorne even tried his hand at stand up, much to the surprise and pressure of his fellow band members.
An evening of lyrical pathos and reflection, adapted by the vocals of Khan along with his sarangi, there was not a disappointed gig-goer in the hall. I think it’s safe to say all will be taking a seat the Edinburgh International Book Festival to see the trio perform live yet again in August.
For more on the trio and their tour click here.
For information on Summerhall’s music programme click here.