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 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”
Since then, YTK have gone on to play GreenMan, Field Day, Sea Change, Edinburgh International Festival, Latitude, Glastonbury and tour in India, Ireland, Spain and the UK. In 2017 they have shows booked in UK, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Italy and Denmark.
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.