Tae Sup Wi’ A Fifer is a club night hosted and programmed by James Yorkston, based at the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy, Fife. Bringing together larger names and new discoveries from the worlds of music and literature, Tae Sup has had four successful years in its home base of Fife. Tae Sup now takes to the road from the first time, visiting Eden Court in Inverness, Mareel on Shetland and Peebles in The Borders as well as returning to Kirkcaldy. There will be three different line-ups, one each for tour, in June, Sept and December of 2020.
James Yorkston has been releasing music on Domino Records since 2002 – His debut album ‘Moving Up Country’ being Rough Trade’s Album of the Year. James’ first steps out of Fife as a solo artist were made in 2001 after he sent a demo cassette to folk-rock legend John Martyn asking for a support slot on the Edinburgh date of John’s upcoming tour. John offered James all thirty-one date of the tour. James has toured all over the world, has played at the major music festivals, appeared on The Culture Show, Newsnight Review and more, and has done interviews and sessions for names including John Peel, Lauren Laverne, Marc Riley, Vic Galloway, Dermot O’Leary, Steve Lamaq, Rob Da Bank, Jonathan Ross, Janice Long and more. In 2011 his debut book, ’It’s Lovely to be Here – The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent‘, was published to great response by The Domino Press / Faber and in 2016 Freight Press published James’ debut novel. ‘Three Craws’. James’ most recent solo album was 2019’s ‘The Route to the Harmonium’. James is also a member of acclaimed trio Yorkston/Thorne/Khan.
The music of folk-noir balladeer, Rachel Sermanni, has the flesh of folk but, if you were to cut the skin, you’d find it pumped with contemporary, genre blended blood. Her debut album, ‘Under Mountains’, produced by Ian Grimble (Travis, Manic Street Preachers, Texas…), was released in September 2012. This launched her into worldwide touring, two more EPs and a second album, ‘Tied To The Moon’ recorded in Canada’s Nova Scotia and released in 2015. Her most recent album, So It Turns, was released in August 2019. Rachel weaves stories about everything from her time spent at a Buddhist monastery at the borders of Scotland, to the anticipation and woes of long-distance relationships and the hopelessness that Trump, Brexit and the refugee crisis have inspired over several years.
Kris Drever is a Scottish folk singer songwriter, who has won multiple awards including an incredible seven BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, two shortlist nominations for Scottish Album of The Year with his trio Lau, and much acclaim for his solo recordings and concerts including glowing reviews from The Herald, The Guardian, Mojo and Q Magazine. His most recent John Parish produced album with Lau, ‘Midnight and Closedown’, was released in February 2019 by Reveal Records to wild acclaim. Drever’s voice and guitar form a part of the backbone of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene, and he is one of Scotland’s finest and most in demand musicians.
In 1984 Phill quit working in a job centre to become a performance poet, rising to prominence supporting such artists as Billy Bragg, The Style Council and The Housemartins.
1995 saw the beginning of Phill’s radio career hosting his own show for BBC Greater London Radio. In March 2002 Phill had the honour of playing the first ever record on the BBC’s new dedicated music station BBC 6 Music where he remained for five years presenting the breakfast show.
His highly successful television career began in 1996 when he became team captain on BBC Two’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Phill appears as a regular guest panellist on QI (BBC Two) and has also appeared on 8 Out of Ten Cats (C4), Would I Lie To You (BBC One), The Blame Game (BBC Northern Ireland), Pointless Celebrities (BBC One), Alan Davies – As Yet Untitled (Dave), World’s Most Dangerous Roads (Dave) and was a regular presenter for BBC Two’s Glastonbury Festival coverage. In 2012 he returned to television stand up for the first time since 2000 with an appearance on Live At the Apollo (BBC One).
As an actor, Phill graced the West End stage in the musicals Hairspray and Urinetown. He toured the UK with the hit shows Spamalot, The Producers and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and also performed in Waiting For Alice, Big Society, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit and MANWATCHING. In the summer of 2016 Phill made his Shakespearean debut in A Midsummer NIght’s Dream in the role of Bottom at the Theatre Royal Bath.