Tae Sup Wi’ A Fifer is a club night hosted and programmed by James Yorkston and based at the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy.
“With Tae Sup wi’ a Fifer, I just try and mix things up, keeping the line-ups interesting, not one particular genre or theme to a night… A lot of the people I ask to play are friends who I’ve known for years, or just people I’ve met on the road whose music has taken to me. It’s a’ braw though, and when programming Tae Sup, I just think Who would I like to see? and work from there…” – James Yorkston
The line-ups thus far have been:
Tae Sup # 1 ~ Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells / Aidian O’Rourke (Lau) / Sheena Wellington
Tae Sup # 2 ~ Karine Polwart / Dick Gaughan / Lisa O’Neill
Tae Sup # 3 ~ Steve Mason / Richard Dawson / Pip Dylan
Tae Sup # 4 ~ Karine Polwart / James Robertson / James Yorkston (The Spree, Ayr.)
Tae Sup # 5 ~ Martin Carthy / Alexis Taylor / Geoff Hattersely
Tae Sup # 6 ~ Linton Kwesi Johnson / Kathryn Joseph / Randolph’s Leap
Tae Sup # 7 ~ Malcolm Middleton / Viking Moses / Yorkston Thorne Khan
Tae Sup # 8 ~ King Creosote / Kadialy Kouyate / Laura Cannell
Tae Sup # 9 ~ Roddy Woomble / Oliver Coates / Yorkston Thorne Khan
Tae Sup # 10 ~ Lankum (Lynched) / Michael Chapman / Harry Giles
Tae Sup # 11 ~ Martin Simpson / Duke Special / Seamus Fogarty
Tae Sup # 12 ~ The Vaselines / Salena Godden / Marry Waterson & David A Jaycock
Tae Sup # 13 ~ Philip Selway (Radiohead) / David Thomas Broughton / Kathryn Williams
Tae Sup # 14 ~ Scott Hutchison (fRabbit) / Serafina Steer / Alasdair Roberts
Tae Sup # 15 ~ Ian McMillan / Grace Petrie / Withered Hand
Tae Sup # 16 ~ Phill Jupitus / Michael Hurley / Siobhan Wilson
Tae Sup # 17 ~ Carl Stone / Pictish Trail / Thomas McCarthy
Tae Sup # 18 ~ Emma Pollock / Martin Carr (Boo Radleys) / Rachel Sermanni
Tae Sup # 19 ~ Sheena Wellington / Richard Dawson / Lorna Goodison / Jeet Thayil
Tae Sup # 19 ~ Justin Currie / Bigid Mae Power / Nell Ní Chróinín
Tae Sup # 20 ~ Roddy Woomble (Idlewild) / Archie Fisher / Ora Cogan
Tae Sup # 21 ~ Vashti Bunyan / Audiobooks / Michael Pedersen
Tae Sup # 22 ~ Gruff Rhys / Brighde Chaimbeul / James Yorkston
Tae Sup # 23 ~ Josephine Foster / Jenny Lindsay / Adrian Crowley
Tae Sup # 24 ~ Horse McDonald / Daoiri Farrell / Kaviraj Singh
Tae Sup #25 ~ Jane Weaver / Ian Rankin / Callum Easter
Tae Sup # 26 ~ Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai) / BELL LUNGS / Gwenifer Raymond
Tae Sup # 27 ~ Hollie McNish / Ye Vagabonds / Nancy Kerr & Luke Daniels
Tae Sup # 28 ~ Josie Long / Özgür Baba / Rachel Newton
A wee bit about James Yorkston:
Growing up in the village of Kingsbarns in Fife, James has been releasing a series of much acclaimed albums on Domino Records since 2002 – His debut album ‘Moving Up Country’ was ‘Rough Trade Album of the Year’. James’ “big-break” came a year previously, after he sent a demo cassette to folk-rock legend John Martyn asking for a support slot on the Edinburgh date of John’s upcoming tour, only for John to hear the cassette and offer James all 31 dates of the tour.
James is an integral original member of the much lauded and hugely influential Fence Collective (King Creosote, Pictish Trail, Beta Band etc) and 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, whilst producing his own albums alongside contemporary artists such as Four Tet, Rustin Man, David Wrench, KT Tunstall and Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip). He has toured his music all over Europe & North America.
James has had two books published – ‘It’s lovely to be Here – The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent’ (2012) and a novel, Three Craws (2016). Recently, James has toured around Europe and India with the Indianjazzracket trio Yorkston Thorne Khan, releasing two albums on Domino Records, Everything Sacred (2016) & Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars (2017).
James has been featured many times on UK television (Including twice on BBC2’s The Culture Show, Newsnight Review, a 20-minute documentary screened on Channel 4 and a second documentary filmed for MTV, etc), as well as appearing on TV in Greece, Ireland, Germany, Poland, France, Canada, Italy & America.