A duo from the southern hemisphere, The James Brothers, will be bringing their own brand of folk, blues and bluegrass to Barton upon Humber when they appear at Ropery Hall.
The duo comes from Australia and New Zealand, countries in which the traditional songs and tunes of the British Isles have evolved their own unique characteristics and it’s these songs and tunes, and several of their own making, that The James Brothers have united to play.
“The James Brothers are not brothers and only one of them is called James but this duo allows them to be centre stage away from their other musical commitments,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.
“The James Brother who is called James is Sydney-born James Fagan and is best known as one half of Nancy Kerr and James Fagan (both musically and maritally), and has also been spotted playing guitar and bouzouki in The Cara Dillon Band, the live circus that is Bellowhead and with his parents and sister as The Fagans, where his folk career began (in a decade which has only just become fashionable),” she said.
“The James Brother who isn’t called James is Jamie McClennan, a Kiwi who found himself in a duo with Scotland’s BBC-award-winning Emily Smith (whom he also married),” she went on.
“While both men are quick to point out that their work with their wives is still the primary passion, The James Brothers allows them to be centre stage – playing the music of their roots and telling jokes without fear of being told off.”
Drawing from the folk, blues and bluegrass that inspired them, the Brothers’ repertoire includes songs written in the 1800s as well as self-penned tunes.
For Fagan and McClennan this is about bringing their distinct Antipodean-steeped folk to a new audience, with songs and tunes brought to life by a fraternal bond between two very silly, but captivatingly gifted musicians.
“And that’s the James Brothers. Two men. Two Voices. Two Instruments… No Sheilas,” said Liz.
The James Brothers will be appearing at Ropery Hall on Saturday, March 25, starting at 8pm Tickets cost £13 in advance or £15 on the door. Advance tickets can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person at The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380