Line-ups revealed for new live showcase at Adam Smith

James Yorkston
James Yorkston

Kirkcaldy’s live music scene is set to a get a much needed spot of attention with the launch of a great new event.

James Yorkston is bringing ‘Tae Sup Wi’ A Fifer’ to the Adam Smith Theatre - and each night will feature a number of well-kent faces.

Karine Polwart will join 'Tae Sup'

Karine Polwart will join 'Tae Sup'

East Neuk based James, part of the Kingdom’s renowned Fence Collective, has unveiled his first three line-ups beginning in the autumn, featuring acts such as Karine Polwart, Dick Gaughan, Sheena Wellington and many, many more.

The monthly sup gets underway on September 9 - and is a much needed shot in the arm for the town’s live music scene which has dwindled badly in recent years.

They’ll be hosted by James, and each night will feature several singers and musicians.

Writing on his blog to launch the event, James explained his thinking behind the gatherings.

The chance to see three acts I admire in one evening is pretty special

James Yorkston

‘‘The idea behind ‘Tae Sup’ is quite simple – we’re putting together well-kent faces, folk I’ve met on my musical travels, old friends – just making interesting, entertaining and unusual evenings,’’ he said.

‘‘The first three line-ups are up and announced now and I’m feeling they’re looking pretty good.

‘‘Am I looking forward to these? Of course. The chance to see three acts whose music I admire and love on one evening is pretty special.”

His line ups feature a number of renowned musicians as well as people he has met on his travels - and they all come together on the one bill for a unique night of live music.

He kicks-off with Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat who formed acclaimed Scottish band Arab Strap, plus Aidan O’Rourke who was with Lau, and renwoned singer Sheena Wellington.

On October 10 he has Karien Polwart, veteran folk singer Dick Gaughan, and Lisa O’Neill.

The line-up for November 14 includes Steve Mason, the Fifer who led the acclaimed Beta Band, plus Pip Dylan from the East Neuk, and Richard Dawson from north-east England.

They’re all people James has worked with or known throughout his career which has seen him release a string of highly acclaimed albums, including the excellent ‘The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society’’ in 2014.

It’s also an opportunity to bring their work to a new audience in the heart of the Kingdom.

James writes about each of the acts, and shares memories of his time with them on stage in and the recording studio on his website - there are also links to ticket details and much more too.

It’s also a new venture for the venue - and a chance to bring live music back to the Adam Smith, which can only help raise the bar for Kirkcaldy’s live music scene.