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Wide Wide River, The

James Yorkston And The Second Hand Orchestra

CD  |  Folk  |  22 Jan 2021

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James Yorkston And The Second Hand Orchestra The Wide Wide River CD




James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra release The Wide, Wide River. The album came to be after the blossoming of a long-term friendship between James Yorkston and Karl-Jonas Winqvist, the Swedish music producer, leader and conductor of The Second Hand Orchestra.

Recorded and mixed in Sweden over the course of three days with a selection of musicians Winqvist had brought together, including Peter Morén (Peter, Bjorn & John) and Cecilia Österholm (one of Sweden’s best-known nyckelharpa players).

The studio approach with The Second Hand Orchestra was entirely improvised around Yorkston’s songs, and the only song they heard in advance was “Ella Mary Leather”; Yorkston didn’t want to direct anyone too much but instead, allowed for a welcoming, instinctive, free-spirited and joyful atmosphere.

The resulting album, The Wide, Wide River, is a soothing, warm and sublime listen, whilst also highlighting Yorkston’s skills for songwriting, collaboration and as a musical conductor.

His tenth album for Domino, not to mention his three albums as part of Yorkston/Thorne/Khan and two books, Yorkston is a prolific writer who has worked with a wealth of talent over his two-decade career including Four Tet, Alexis Taylor, KT Tunstall, Rustin Man, Simon Raymonde, Norma and Mike Waterson, Martin Carthy, Max Cooper, David Wrench and many others.


Title: Wide Wide River, The

Format: CD

Release Date: 22 Jan 2021

Artist: James Yorkston And The Second Hand Orchestra

Sku: 2606869

Catalogue No: WIGCD484

Category: Folk



1. Ella Mary Leather

2. To Soothe Her Wee Bit Sorrows

3. Choices, Like Wild Rivers

4. Struggle

5. There Is No Upside

6. A Droplet Falls

7. A Very Old-Fashioned Blues

8. We Test The Beams