Long-serving FENCE Collective member James Yorkston has teamed up with long-term collaborator and double bassist Jon Thorne and the extraordinary young Indian sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan to form Yorkston/Thorne/Khan.
Of course, James has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Domino, releasing several highly-acclaimed albums and working with everyone from Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet) to Bert Jansch throughout this time. However, his meeting and eventual collaboration with Khan was not so straightforward; taking place entirely by chance backstage at one of James’ gigs at the Caves in Edinburgh, to which Khan had been invited but not included on the bill. James invited Khan to join him on stage with his sarangi, a traditional Indian instrument renowned for its emotion and passion, and the two clicked instantly.
Inspired equally by jazz, indie-folk, krautrock and Indian classical music, the trio released their debut, Everything Sacred, in 2016. Shortly after its release and subsequent tour, the threesome set about recording a follow-up; its influences once again varying wildly from north Indian folk to Midwestern country rock, but they are not a 'fusion' band! No, James is quite eager to point out: Yorkston/Thorne/Khan are simply three musicians playing, often improvising, together with no forethought fusion in mind. The marvellously-entitled follow-up, Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars, was released in April 2017 to widespread praise.