The Jellyman’s Daughter
with Al Shields
Saturday 17th March 2018
Doors 7.30 until Midnight
When Scottish duo The Jellyman’s Daughter came calling it was hard to resist. Two years ago at LN#40 (go back and read the review!!) this frighteningly talented duo played as openers to Cera Impala and the New Prohibition. We said then that they could just as easily have topped the bill such is their class. And now they are launching their second album, Dead Reckoning, with their own headlining show at Letham Nights on St Patrick’s Night. What a hooley we are going to have!
The Jellyman’s Daughter lands squarely in the middle of a strange crossroads between bluegrass, post-rock, folk and soul. Mixing their unique vocal harmonies with wild and visceral cello, driving guitar and sweet mandolin, Emily and Graham write their songs together with brilliant technical musicianship and beautiful creativity. The result has all the class and quality and spine-tingling soul of any of the great duos in this genre whether it be the Civil Wars or Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings. And here they are! Right here at Letham Nights on 17th March! Have a wee listen to this and then get booked!
Al Shields is an Edinburgh-based songwriter, with influences rooted in old-time country, folk and blues music.
Originally from the small Scottish island of Bute (where he grew up on a healthy diet of country and folk music from his mother’s record collection), Al moved to Edinburgh in 2005, and is a founding member of indie outfit Ardentjohn, with whom he has enjoyed independent success. Their debut album ‘On The Wire’ garnered very favourable reviews in mainstream music press, with Uncut magazine describing the band as “refreshing new arrivals”.
With the band on hiatus, Al returned to his musical roots, recording and touring his country-tinged solo album ‘Slow Burner’, and gigging regularly with his band The Wilted Roses. He has recently had the privilege of supporting a number of international touring acts, including legendary Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy, Joe Pug, Neal Casal, Red Sky July, and LA country rockers Dead Rock West.