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James Yorkston & the Athletes


b. Kingsbarns, Fife, Scotland. The sleepy acoustic folk stylings from the 70s cult musician Nick Drake may be the prototype that UK singer-songwriter Yorkston strives for, as evidenced by his 2002 debut record, Moving Up Nation. Raised within the community of Kingsbarns, Yorkston started playing music when he was just eight yrs . old, and continuing to create his own tracks throughout his adolescent years. When he was 17, the budding musician relocated to Edinburgh where he started playing single acoustic displays. Additionally, for this period Yorkston performed bass for a short spell with regional garage area punkers Huckleberry, before coming back back again to his single acoustic profession. In 2000, Yorkston delivered a tape to UK disk jockey John Peel off, who played among the tunes, ‘Shifting Up Nation, Roaring The Gospel’, on his radio display. A month-long tour assisting John Martyn adopted in 2001, and along with his profession clearly within the upswing, Yorkston made the decision enough time was to assemble a complete backing music group. Dubbed the Sports athletes, the group presented Faisal Rahman (percussion), Reuben Taylor (keyboards), Holly Taylor (tube/whistle), Doogie Paul (bass), and Wendy Chan (violin). Authorized to Domino Information, in 2002 they released the four-track EP St. Patrick, in addition to their debut record. Manufacturer Kieran Hebden (Refrigerator, Four Tet) helped put in a darker advantage towards the 2004 follow-up, Simply Beyond The River.

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Full Name James Yorkston
Date Of Birth 1971
Profession Actor, Author, Singer, Songwriter, Film Score Composer
Nationality British
Music Songs Woozy With Cider, Steady as She Goes, Summer Song, I Awoke, Would You Have Me Born With Wooden Eyes, Tortoise Regrets Hare, Just as Scared, Guy Fawkes' Signature, Border Song, The Blues You Sang, Midnight Feast, Great Ghosts, Queen of Spain, Broken Wave, Shipwreckers, Tender To The Blues, Summer's Not the Same Without You, The Brussels Rambler, Someplace Simple, Fellow Man, Feathers Are Falling, My Yoke Is Heavy, B's Jig, Spanish Ants, Capture of the Horse, The Very Very Best, King of the Moles, Thorneymoor Woods, Rufford Park Poachers, Thinking About Kat, The Hills & The Heath, I Know My Love
Albums The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society, When the Haar Rolls In, I Was a Cat From a Book, Moving Up Country, The Year of the Leopard, Just Beyond the River, My Yoke Is Heavy: The Songs of Daniel Johnston, Folk Songs, Someplace Simple, Lang Cat, Crooked Cat, Spider Cat, Live at Le Poisson Mouillé, Roaring the Gospel, Fearsome Fairytale Lovers, Tender to the Blues, Acoustic Sessions, Hoopoe
Movies The Angel and Daniel Johnston – Live at the Union Chapel

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Misfits 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee 2009 performer: "Cheating the Game" / writer: "Cheating the Game"
Skins TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2007 - 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Hallam Foe 2007 performer: "Tender to the Blues", "Surf Song" / writer: "Tender to the Blues", "Surf Song"
M*A*S*H 1981 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Bing Crosby in Dublin 1965 TV Movie documentary writer: "Molly Malone" - uncredited
Paradise Lagoon 1957 lyrics: "Molly Malone" incredited



The Less Fortunate 2015 Short
Paris/Sexy 2010 Short



The Angel and Daniel Johnston: Live at the Union Chapel 2008 Video



Folk Britannia 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Other Voices: Songs from a Room 2005 TV Series Himself
The Ambiguity of David Thomas Broughton Documentary Himself

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