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James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra

The Wide, Wide River

Domino Records

limited indies only green 140g lp + download

Released: 22nd Jan 2021


140g lp + download

Released: 22nd Jan 2021



Released: 22nd Jan 2021


Yorkston and his thriftily sourced gang of players have pulled together a sumptuous set of serene indie folk.

Recorded and mixed in Sweden over the course of three days with a selection of musicians Winqvist had brought together, including Peter Morén (Peter, Bjorn & John), Cecilia Österholm (one of Sweden’s best-known nyckelharpa players), Emma Nordenstam (piano & cello) and Ulrika Gyllenberg (violin). The studio approach with The Second Hand Orchestra was entirely improvised around Yorkston’s songs, and the only song they heard in advance was “Ella Mary Leather”; Yorkston didn’t want to direct anyone too much but instead, allowed for a welcoming, instinctive, free-spirited and joyful atmosphere. The Wide, Wide River is a soothing, warm and sublime listen, whilst also highlighting Yorkston’s skills for songwriting, collaboration and as a musical conductor. The record takes in past loves, advancing age and friends, now gone, whilst also containing some of the most sanguine songs Yorkston has ever made.


The Wide, Wide River


  1. Ella Mary Leather
  2. To Soothe Her Wee Bit Sorrows
  3. Choices, Like Wild Rivers
  4. Struggle
  5. There Is No Upside
  6. A Droplet Forms
  7. A Very Old-Fashioned Blues
  8. We Test The Beams