Yorkston/Thorne/Khan share new song "The Shearing's Not For You"

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan share new song "The Shearing's Not For You"

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan will release their new album Navarasa : Nine Emotions on January 24th. Today, they have unveiled a second song from the album, “The Shearing’s Not For You”. Listen below.


At the heart of the trio's transporting new record is the subcontinent’s navarasa; the nine (nava) emotions or sentiments (rasa) of the arts. This central unifying underpinning is a centuries-old organising principle and on their upcoming record, YTK have paired each song to one of these emotions.

The individual artistic emotions range from Shringara (love, beauty) through Hasya (laughter, mirth, comedy), Raudra (anger), Karuna (sorrow, compassion or mercy), Bibhatsya (disgust), Bhayanaka (horror, terror), Veera (heroism, courage), Adbutha (surprise, wonder) to Shanta (peace, tranquillity).

Previously, YTK shared "Westlin Winds", connected to Adbutha.

“The Shearing’s Not For You” is a traditional song James first heard sang by Aberdeenshire Traveller Jeannie Robertson. The song tells a story about a soon-to-be-mother, being abandoned by the itinerant father of their soon-to-be-born child. Many Hindustani musicians instinctively shy away from Bibhatsya because they choose not to soil their art with disgust, but here it clearly informs the story within “The Shearing’s Not For You”.

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan are comprised of James Yorkston (guitar/nyckelharpa/vocals), Jon Thorne (double-bass/vocals) and Suhail Yusuf Khan (sarangi/vocals).

There is a bricolage of diverse cross-cultural elements on Navarasa : Nine Emotions and all of what YTK create. James Yorkston weaves in Scottish folk, sangster and literary strands; Jon Thorne is grounded in jazz and groove; and what the New Delhi-based, eighth-generation hereditary musician Suhail Yusuf Khan brings to this feast of pulses and cycles is northern Indian classical, light classical (thumri, for example), as well as Sufi devotional musical and literary forms. What binds these diverse musical strands together is, in James’ phrase, “a dark happiness”.

Navarasa : Nine Emotions is available to pre-order on Dom Mart-exclusive deluxe double vinyl (colored vinyl with three exclusive songs + patch), double vinyl (with the three exclusive tracks), CD and digitally.

Upcoming Yorkston/Thorne/Khan live dates
Jan 22 - Celtic Connections @ Drygate Brewery, Glasgow
Mar 10 - Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester
Mar 11 - Kings Place, London
Mar 12 - Mac Arts, Birmingham
Mar 13 - The Met, Bury
Mar 14 - Music Room Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool
Mar 15 – Bristol Folk House, Bristol
Mar 19 - Stapleford Granary, Cambridgeshire
Mar 20 - Selby Town Hall, Selby
Mar 21 - CatStrand, New Galloway
Mar 22 - Summerhall, Edinburgh
Mar 23 - Perth Theatre, Perth
Mar 24 - Eden Court, Inverness
Mar 25 - The Old Bridge Inn, Fort William
Mar 26 - The Barn, Banchory
Mar 27 – Tolbooth, Stirling
Mar 28 - Eastgate Theatre, Peebles

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan Navarasa : Nine Emotions

Album | 24th January 2020

Navarasa : Nine Emotions is the transporting third album by Yorkston/Thorne/Khan. At its heart is the subcontinent’s navarasa; the nine (nava) emotions or sentiments (rasa) of the arts.

Tracklisting

  • 1Sukhe Phool
  • 2The Shearing's Not for You
  • 3Thumri Bhairavi
  • 4Westlin Winds
  • 5Song for Oddur
  • 6The North Carr
  • 7Twa Brothers
  • 8Waliyan Da Raja
  • 9Darbari
  • 10All Saved but One
  • 11Jon's Poem
  • 12Skinfast Haven Blues

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan Navarasa : Nine Emotions

Album | 24th January 2020

Navarasa : Nine Emotions is the transporting third album by Yorkston/Thorne/Khan. At its heart is the subcontinent’s navarasa; the nine (nava) emotions or sentiments (rasa) of the arts.

Tracklisting

  • 1Sukhe Phool
  • 2The Shearing's Not for You
  • 3Thumri Bhairavi
  • 4Westlin Winds
  • 5Song for Oddur
  • 6The North Carr
  • 7Twa Brothers
  • 8Waliyan Da Raja
  • 9Darbari
  • 10All Saved but One
  • 11Jon's Poem
  • 12Skinfast Haven Blues
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