James Yorkston Presents: Tae Sup Wi' A Fifer: The Vaselines / Salena Godden / Marry Waterson & David A Jaycock
Tae Sup wi’ a Fifer – Hosted and programmed by East Neuk songwriter & author James Yorkston.
The Vaselines were formed in Edinburgh in 1987 by singer/guitarists Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, soon signing to Pastels frontman Stephen Pastel's newly formed 53rd & 3rd label.
Nirvana's Kurt Cobain regularly cited the Vaseline’s influence in interviews with the music press and Nirvana would go on to cover the Vaselines' ‘Molly's Lips’ and ‘Son of a Gun’ (both later compiled on their Incesticide collection) as well as perform ‘Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam’ on their legendary MTV Unplugged appearance.
Cobain's gospel-spreading no doubt accelerated their rise to cult sainthood, but the Vaselines would have gotten there sooner or later on their own accord. Lewd but naïve and abrasive yet tender, the band's shambling, primitivist squall remains a perfect distillation of pop at its most guileless and euphoric.
Eugene Kelly later went on to front Captain America / Eugenius, while McKee spent the better part of the decade out of sight, resurfaced in Suckle, and released a solo album in 2006. The Vaselines reunited proper in 2008 to record their second full album, Sex with an X. In 2014 they released V for Vaselines, a Ramones-inspired album featured many of the same players who helped make Sex, including Belle and Sebastian's Stevie Jackson and Teenage Fanclub's Francis MacDonald.
The Vaselines appearance at Tae Sup will be as a duo.
“Even those too young-or not yet born-for the Vaselines' heyday can appreciate the earnest fun of Sex With an X” – Billboard
“A welcome return, then – let's hope they stick around for a bit longer this time.” – BBC Music
She has been variously described as 'The doyenne of the spoken word scene' (Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3’s The Verb); 'The Mae West madam of the salon' (The Sunday Times) and as 'everything the Daily Mail is terrified of' (Kerrang! Magazine). She writes and performs poetry, fiction, memoir, radio drama and lyrics.
Salena has appeared on radio as a guest on Woman’s Hour, The Verb and Saturday Live and most recently wrote and presented a documentary, Stir it Up! - 50 Years of Writing Jamaica for BBC Radio 4.
"Her writing is urgent and detailed, colourful and clamorous. Like all love stories, her memoir is intense and intimate." – The Times
Marry Waterson & David A Jaycock:
Celebrated folk singer Marry Waterson is set to release a brand-new album this September along with guitarist David A. Jaycock whom with she collaborated to write and release 2015’s critically acclaimed album Two Wolves. The new album, Death Had Quicker Wings Than Love will be released via One Little Indian Records. Having enjoyed roaring success with Two Wolves, which was produced by guitarist Neil MacColl and Kate St. John, the duo toured extensively at the beginning of this year supporting Richard Hawley. The album garnered praise from The Guardian, The Independent, Q, Mojo, Metro, fROOTS, R2 and Songlines, and was nominated for two folk awards from BBC Radio 2.
Marry Waterson is the daughter of English folk legend Lal Waterson, who was a member of legendary folk quartet, the Watersons.
David A Jaycock has been described as “A Cornish hermit and underground psychedelic freak-ball”, his guitar playing taking on John Fahey inspired shapes, with echoes of Flamenco and Julian Bream style classical.
“This is an impressive exercise in brave new work.” – The Guardian