James Yorkston | 01/01/70

Image: Moving Up Country - 10th Anniversary Edition

James Yorkston was the first member of the Fence Collective to emerge from the creative oddity that is the East Neuk of Fife. His first solo show was supporting Bert Jansch, his first tour was supporting John Martyn. After those heady heights he went on to sign to Domino and record his debut album in a damp soaked cottage in the Scottish Borders. Domino subsequently released this record, Moving Up Country, which went on to become Rough Trade’s Album of The Year 2002.

James was invited to play a John Peel Radio 1 session in 2003 (included here on the second disc) and was labelled ‘the finest songwriter of his generation’. He has gone on to forge a career as one of Scotland’s most respected songwriters, releasing 5 further critically acclaimed albums.

This 10th Anniversary Edition of ‘Moving Up Country’, released on Monday the 23rd of April 2012, consists of two discs.  Disc 1 features the original album, now with debut Domino single The Lang Toun; Disc 2 is a collection of ‘Moving Up Country’ demos, including never heard before demos and the aforementioned Peel session originally broadcast on Jan 2nd 2003. The double vinyl edition features all tracks from disc 1 with digital downloads of the bonus tracks. Download the demo of ‘Moving Up Country, Roaring The Gospel' HERE.

James Yorkston And The Athletes will be performing ‘Moving Up Country’ in it’s entirety and a selection of other classics at the shows below.

‘Moving Up Country’ 10th Anniversay Edition is available on double CD, double vinyl and via digital download.  Pre-order the album HERE.  Tracklisting is as follows:
Disc 1
In Your Hands
St Patrick
Sweet Jesus
Tender to the Blues
Moving Up Country, Roaring The Gospel
Cheating The Game
I Spy Dogs
6:30 Is Just way to Early
The Patience Song
I Know My Love
The Lang Toun

Disc 2
I Spy Dogs - Demo
6:30 Is Just Way Too Early - Demo
Cheating The Game - Demo
The Patience Song - Demo
My Distance Travelled - Demo
Easily Led - Demo
Saviour A Saving - Demo
They’ll Be Telling Me You’re A Lady - Demo
Worthy Souls - Demo
Catching Eyes - Demo
St Patrick - Peel Session
Tender To The Blues - Peel Session
La Magnifica - Peel Session
6:30 Is Just Way Too Early - Peel Session
Moving Up Country, Roaring The Gospel – Demo

Forthcoming James Yorkston And The Athletes live shows:

Tuesday 29th May 2012

Cecil Sharp House, London
Tickets - £14.50
Support from Seamus Fogarty
Thursday 31st May

The Caves, Edinburgh
8pm - 1am
Early advance tix: £12
Available soon from

Support from Seamus Fogarty
& Fence Records DJs til late