I Was A Cat From A Book by James Yorkston will be released by Domino on Monday the 13th of August 2012. His first album since 2008's When The Haar Rolls In, I Was A Cat From A Book finds James playing with a new band comprised of members of Lamb & The Cinematic Orchestra alongside old friends. The album was produced by James Yorkston and Dave Wrench and mostly recorded live during 5 wintry days in Bryn Derwen Studios, North Wales. It's an album full of energy and great musicianship, and contains James' strongest and most bewildering set of songs yet.
Since the release of When The Haar Rolls In, James has published a book (It's Lovely To Be Here), collaborated with The Big Eyes Family Players on Folk Songs & seen the 10 year anniversary release of Moving Up Country, his landmark debut album.
I Was A Cat From A Book will be available on CD, 2 x 10" vinyl (exclusively featuring 2 extra tracks 'Thar She Blows' and 'Black Horse White') and digitally. There is also a spectacular Box Set version, containing 2 x 10" gatefold vinyl with download, the CD of the album, a DVD of James' performance at the Union Chapel in 2011, a remix album by David 'A' Jaycock, printed backgammon pieces and dice to be played on the LP gatefold and 3 badges.
The album tracklisting is as follows:
1. Catch 2. Kath With Rhodes
3. Border Song 4. This Line Says
5. Just As Scared 6. Sometimes The Act Of Giving Love
7. The Fire & The Flames 8. A Short Blues
9. Spanish Ants 10. Two
11. I Can Take All This
James is playing the following live shows in support of the recent Moving Up Country release:
Thursday 24 May - Deaf Institute, Manchester
Support from Seamus Fogarty
Tues 29 May - Cecil Sharp House, London
Thursday 31st May - The Caves, Edinburgh
Support from Seamus Fogarty & Fence Records DJs til late
Friday 29 June - Reading St Marys Church
James has also confirmed the following dates after release of the new I Was A Cat From A Book album:
Saturday 22 September - St. Mary's Church, Ashford
Sunday 23 September - Brighton, Brighton Ballroom
Monday 24 September - London, Queen Elizabeth Hall
with support from Michael Chapman