James Yorkston Presents: Tae Sup Wi' A Fifer: Philip Selway / David Thomas Broughton / Kathryn Williams
Tae Sup Wi’ A Fifer – Hosted and programmed by East Neuk songwriter & author James Yorkston.
Philip Selway has been a member of Radiohead since the band started at school in the mid-Eighties. He plays drums in the band and has toured extensively with them over the past twenty five years, releasing nine studio albums.
Outside the band, he has been building up a body of solo work, performing and releasing two albums of his own material, and also composing for film and dance.
In 2010, he released his first solo album, ‘Familial’. This record was based around a selection of songs that Philip had been writing for the previous decade. He sang and played guitar on this album, and was joined in the sessions by Lisa Germano, Sebastien Steinberg, and Glenn Kotche and Pat Sansone from American band, Wilco.
In 2014, Philip released his second solo album, ‘Weatherhouse’. He recorded this album with two musicians, Adem Ilhan and Quinta, who toured with him in the live band for ‘Familial’. A particular highlight of the touring for this record included a performance with The Dap Kings on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.Philip was also commissioned by Rambert Dance Company in 2014 to write the score for the first re-contextualisation of Merce Cunningham’s choreography. He collaborated with Adem Ilhan and Quinta for this, and performed the piece at the Rambert Event in the dance company’s new home on the Southbank in London.
He has also recently written the score for a film called ‘Let Me Go’, slated for release in Autumn 2017, starring Juliet Stevenson, Jodhi May and Lucy Boynton.
In 2001 and 2008, Philip took part in the ‘Seven Worlds Collide’ projects, put together by Neil Finn in New Zealand.
Also, if you look very carefully and don’t blink, you’ll see Philip playing drums in the wizarding band ‘The Weird Sisters’ in ‘Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire’.
David Thomas Broughton:
David Thomas Broughton’s performances are sometimes unsettling, and feel at risk of everything falling apart, yet somehow David remains in control. Since David's first few shows in his native Yorkshire in the early 2000s, he has performed at numerous festivals, toured extensively across the UK, Europe, USA and played a handful of shows in Japan, Korea and China.
His organic approach to looping electronics includes embracing all glitches and mistakes... building pieces to let them destroy themselves, before swiftly moving into the next. On the face of it, a performance of sad self-deprecating songs and extended 'sonic strangeness' pondering the awkwardness of the human condition through the trial of love and loss, but for those with patience it can reward with great moments of beauty, and sometimes comedic delight.
“Broughton’s live shows are miniature spectacles… He layers sounds in slightly haphazard ways, as though his songs weren’t so holy that he couldn’t subject them to chance” - Pitchfork
“The most brilliant and baffling show I'm likely to see this year.” - Timeout NY
“Straddling the line between music hall turn and avant-garde performance artist, Broughton’s live show is not to be missed.” - MOJO magazine
Often compared favourably to Joni Mitchell, singer/songwriter Kathryn Williams was born in Liverpool in 1974. Her father was a folksinger and, as a child, Williams studied piano and guitar while listening to such '60s icons as Bob Dylan. She began her career in 1999 with the release of Dog Leap Stairs, a beguiling set of low-key folk songs that drew comparisons to the hushed musings of Nick Drake.
A native of Liverpool, Williams relocated to Newcastle to pursue a fine arts degree, emerging somewhat unexpectedly with a promising musical career when her second album, 2000's Little
Black Numbers, was nominated for Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize. More expansive than her debut, yet still winsomely intimate, the album was initially released on her own Caw Records label, though it was soon delivered to a much larger audience via a licensing agreement with Warner's EastWest imprint. With her newly raised profile, Williams began writing her third album and making collaborative appearances with folk legends like Bert Jansch and John Martyn. She has since shared the stage with acts like Ray LaMontagne, Martha Wainwright, and KT Tunstall, among many others.
Williams was given a New Writing North commission as poet in residence at Alnwick Garden and she was selected as a judge for the British Poetry Society's Ted Hughes Award for Poetry 2016 in conjunction with poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.
Kathryn’s album, Hypoxia, a lyrically and sonically ambitious set of songs inspired by Sylvia Plath's novel The Bell Jar, was co-produced by Ed Harcourt and released in 2015. The following year saw the release of Resonator, a set of jazz standards recorded with vibraphone player Anthony Kerr.
“Nine albums into a solo career that has rarely been anything other than thoroughly captivating, Kathryn Williams delivers a short, succinct and staggering record inspired by the work of Sylvia Plath. By inhabiting and responding to a genuinely significant work of literature, Williams has produced her own spellbinding piece of art.” - Clash