James Yorkston

James Yorkston was born in Kingsbarns, a small village in Fife, Scotland. At the age of eight, he started playing music and fell in love with the craft. At 17, he moved from Fife to the larger city of Edinburgh with his girlfriend. It was at that time that he became involved with a garage rock and punk band called Huckleberry, with Yorkston as the group's bass player. In 1996, he performed his first acoustic show after a friend working in a record shop picked Yorkston as an opening act for Bert Jansch in Edinburgh. The acoustic and punk rock genres were something the musician loved equally, but he chose the acoustic folk route. In 2000, under the name "J. Wright Presents," Yorkston recorded a demo tape at home and sent it to John Peel, who played the song on his program immediately. Yorkston also sent a tape to John Martyn, requesting an opening slot on his Edinburgh show. Martyn invited Yorkston to be his opening act for all 30 dates. "Moving Up Country" was released as a single in October 2000 on Bad Jazz Records. In January 2001, it was released as a 7" single. Exactly a year later, Yorkston released a split single with the Lone Pigeon, followed in May 2002 by Yorkston and his supporting cast the Athletes' EP St. Patrick. His debut album, Moving Up Country, followed in June.