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Yorkston/Thorne/Khan Share New Song “The Shearing’s Not For You”

Navarasa : Nine Emotions Due Out January 24, 2020 via Domino

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Yorkston/Thorne/Khan is a trio consisting of James Yorkston (guitar/nyckelharpa/vocals), Jon Thorne (double-bass/vocals), and Suhail Yusuf Khan (sarangi/vocals) and they are releasing a new album, Navarasa : Nine Emotions, on January 24, 2020 via Domino. Now they have shared another song from it, “The Shearing’s Not For You.” Listen below, followed by their upcoming tour dates.

A press release describes the song as such: “‘The Shearing’s Not For You’ is a traditional song James first heard sang by Aberdeenshire Traveller Jeannie Robertson. The song tells a story about a soon-to-be-mother, being abandoned by the itinerant father of their soon-to-be-born child. Many Hindustani musicians instinctively shy away from Bibhatsya because they choose not to soil their art with disgust, but here it clearly informs the story within ‘The Shearing’s Not For You.’”

Previously the trio shared the album’s first single, the 10-minute long “Westlin’ Winds,” which was one of our Songs of the Week.

Navarasa : Nine Emotions is the trio’s third album. The band combines Yorkston’s Scottish folk with Thorne’s jazzier sensibilities and the Indian sounds of the New Delhi-based Khan.

A previous press release described the themes of the album as such: “At the heart of YTK’s transporting new album is the Indian subcontinent’s navarasa; the nine (nava) emotions or sentiments (rasa) of the arts. This central unifying underpinning is a centuries-old organizing principle and directly connects an emotion to each song on the album: Sukhe Phool - Karuna (sorrow), The Shearing’s Not for You - Bibhatsya (disgust), Thumri Bhairavi - Raudra (anger), Westlin’ Winds - Adbutha (surprise/wonder), Song for Oda - Shringara (love/beauty), Theo’s - Hasya (laughter), Twa Brothers - Bhayanaka (terror/fear), Waliyan da Raja - Veera (heroism/courage), Darbari - Shantha (peace/tranquility).”

Yorkston released a new solo album, The Route to the Harmonium, back in February via Domino.

Read our My Firsts interview with James Yorkston.

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan Tour Dates:


Jan 22 - Celtic Connections @ Drygate Brewery, Glasgow
Mar 10 - Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester
Mar 11 - Kings Place, London
Mar 12 - Mac Arts, Birmingham
Mar 14 - The Met, Bury
Mar 15 - Music Room Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool
Mar 16 - Folkhouse, Bristol
Mar 19 - Stapleford Granary, Stapleford
Mar 20 - Selby Town Hall, Selby
Mar 21 - Catstrand, New Galloway
Mar 22 - Summerhall, Edinburgh
Mar 23 - Perth Concert Hall, Perth
Mar 24 - One Touch Theatre, Eden Court Inverness
Mar 25 - The Old Bridge Inn, Fort William
Mar 26 - Woodend Barn, Banchory
Mar 27 - Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh
Mar 28 - Eastgate Theatre, Peebles

James Yorkston Solo Tour Dates:


Dec 16 - Newcastle, Cluny 2
Dec 17 - Birmingham, Kitchen Garden Café
Dec 18 - London, Lexington (SOLD OUT)


Jan 24 - Kilkenny, Cleeres
Jan 25 - Waterford, Grimes
Jan 26 - Cork, Coughlan’s
Jan 27 - Dublin, Workmans Club

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