'Yorkston/Thorne/Khan is one of the most inspired and inspirational cross-cultural acts to emerge this decade​' Ken Hunt
An experimental collaborative group that includes ​James Yorkston​ one of the most '​influential singer/songwriters on the Scottish folk scene', ​Jon Thorne​, best known as jazz double bass player with electro outfit Lamb, and​ ​Suhail Yusuf Khan​, award winning sarangi player and classical singer from New Delhi. Yorkston Thorne Khan have released two albums on Domino Records, with Rolling Stone calling 2017s Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars ​a game-changing masterpiece.
Yorkston Thorne Khan​ have played GreenMan, Celtic Connections, Field Day, Sea Change, Edinburgh International Festival, BBC6 Music Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Latitude, Glastonbury (televised by the BBC), Pirineos Sur, XXVII International Festival of Sacred Art (Spain), Rudolstadt (Germany), Ireland (Kilkenny Arts Festival, Electric Picnic) and toured in India, Denmark, Ireland and throughout the UK.
Yorkston Thorne Khan​ began life when Suhail Yusuf Khan met James Yorkston backstage at a small festival show in Edinburgh. They got talking about music and their respective instruments and began jamming together there and then. They enjoyed it so much, they decided to take the backstage spontaneity onto the stage that very evening. Suhail and James became firm friends and after this would hook up for shows whenever Suhail was in the UK.
Finally, in 2015, they recorded their debut album Everything Sacred, with James bringing in his buddy Jon Thorne on double bass. T​ heres a power in a trio​ says Jon 'You can hear yourself internally, of course, and then theres an ear each for the other two. Perfect​'
Yorkston Thorne Khans debut album Everything Sacred was released in January 2016 on Domino Records and received these mighty-fine reviews:
Record Collector New Album of the Month
Throughout, this is the sound of three world class talents raising their respective games, as if trying to keep up with each other, creating something far greater even that the sum of their world-class parts. fRoots
Joyous, contemplative, playful, euphoric and bleakly beautiful album UNCUT
It isnt easy to pigeon-hole but it could just be one of the albums of the year
MOJO Spits in the face of normal genre classifications...Enlightened and challenging, an Incredible String Band for a brave new world
Songlines 50 years ago the Incredible String Band emerged from the Scottish folk scene to create an extraordinary fusion of folk, acoustic pop and world music that was so singular, idiosyncratic and inimitable that the spirit of its magical, wide-eyed wonder has never since been matched. Until now perhaps, for this inspired Yorkston Thorne Khan teaming operates within a similarly eclectic and free-wheeling orbit
The Guardian Bravely original Indian-folk-jazz fusion
Their second, Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars, has been received equally well. Released by Domino on April 7t​h​ 2017, it represents a confluence of currents, among them the north Indian sarangi; jazz-tinged bass, reminiscent in places of Danny Thompson; acoustic guitar that owes a debt to Elizabeth Cotton, Dick Gaughan and Mississippi John Hurt; and three very different vocalists. The combination is unusual: YTKs Everything Sacred, released in 2016, may be the only precedent. Yet while, on paper, the constituent elements might seem disparate, the new album is, if anything, even more coherent than its predecessor.
​Rolling Stone ​A​ game changing masterpiece
UNCUT Not so much fusion as a cross-cultural collision
All-Stars are a band of brothers at the top of their collective game
Soundblab ​The rivers of musical currents run deep and pure as Scottish and Indian languages, swap sounds of sorrow with universal understanding
Songlines The fluidity of their interplay has now become almost second nature
MOJO The sound they conjure up is Heavenly
The Guardian Improbable trio work wonders again