Celtic Connections 2016 Proudly presents
Yorkston, Thorne, Khan and Lisa O'Neill

19th January 2016

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It was pure serendipity that brought Scottish singer-songwriter James Yorkston and Indian sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan together, backstage as Yorkston tuned up for a gig. After playing that very show together, with Khan’s cello-like instrument improvising around Yorkston’s eloquently understated ballads, they extended the collaboration to include jazz bassist Jon Thorne, Khan’s qawwali singing and Yorkston’s little-known skills on the Swedish nyckelharpa, with tonight’s show launching the trio’s debut album.

Sometimes likened to a female Damien Dempsey or Shane McGowan, Cavan-born Lisa O’Neill’s timelessly weathered voice and straight-talking songs, on her 2013 album Same Cloth or Not, have seen her hailed as a major star in the making.

Image credit: Jannica Honey

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