It's Lovely to be Here - The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent will be available from 3rd February 2011 as the first ever publication from The Domino Press, the new publishing imprint from Domino Records. (Priced at £9.99, paperback)
Presented as a series of tour diaries, It's Lovely to be Here offers a mix of deadpan humour and wide-eyed wonder whilst mapping out the realities and endless disorientations of life on the road. By turns poignant, witty and philosophical, James Yorkston's account becomes an ongoing search for meaning in the lyrics, chords, bars and van window-views of a modern day troubadour.
James' style of songwriting: self-aware, self-deprecating, conversational and highly romantic - paired with his gift for storytelling - has made a natural transition to the printed page. Like the man himself it is by turns amusing, charming and occasionally a little despondent.
A welcome antidote to the celebrity memoir, this compelling account of life on the road is a must for music fans across the board. All human life is here, and quite a lot of whisky.
James Yorkston biography
Resident of the East Neuk of Fife, James Yorkston has been releasing a series of much acclaimed albums since 2001 and has toured the UK, North America and Europe for the last ten years, building a loyal and dedicated following. A popular figure in the contemporary music world and integral member of the much lauded Fence Collective, his style shows a mastery of folk traditions, often drawing on traditional songs, which has seen him collaborate with such heritage artists as the Waterson family, Martin Carthy and Bert Jansch. James Yorkston is a regular performer at festivals such as Green Man, Latitude, Bestival and Meltdown.