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Baker's Dozen

Tales From The Barrelhouse: A James Yorkston Baker's Dozen
The Quietus , August 21st, 2014 12:18

With his new album The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society, featuring contributions from Alexis Taylor, KT Tunstall, The Pictish Trail and more, out this week, the Fife singer-songwriter writes us a special Baker's, cherry-picking favourite tracks from his old Edinburgh club night


Billie Holiday – 'Miss Brown'
The voice that launched a million X Factor hopefuls. Wonderful, of course. Her later material when she sounded wounded and wretched is just as beautiful to me, but this is the era we played at Barrelhouse, the classic dance music. It says something about the quality of a singer that one can still hear her influence on new singers all these years on, even if the new singers are maybe blissfully unaware of her, having inherited their stylings through Amy Winehouse and such.