Antipodean folk music from ‘brothers’

The James Brothers - two 'very silly' but amazingly gifted musicians.
The James Brothers - two 'very silly' but amazingly gifted musicians.

The James Brothers are the guests at Montrose Folk Club in the Links Hotel, Mid Links, Montrose on Thursday, February 20 at 8 p.m.

The band comes from ‘down under’, Australia and New Zealand, lands in which the traditional songs and tunes of the British Isles have evolved their own unique characteristics.

They have united to play those songs and tunes and several of their own compositions.

The James Brothers are not actually brothers and only one of them is called James. They are James Fagan on vocals, guitar and bouzouki and Jamie McClennan on vocals, fiddle and guitar.

Sydney-born James Fagan is best known as one half of the duo of Nancy Kerr and James Fagan (both musically and maritally). However, he also plays guitar and bouzouki in The Cara Dillon Band, the live circus that is the award-winning big band, Bellowhead, and with his parents and sister as The Fagans, where his folk career began.

Jamie is a New Zealander who found himself in a duo with BBC award winning Scottish singer Emily Smith (whom he also married) having chosen not to follow his first bandmates to Ireland, where they formed the much celebrated Grada. Jamie also plays fiddle, whistle and guitar with The Waifs, Beth Nielson Chapman, Brian Finnegan and John McCusker.

Both James and Jamie are quick to point out their duos with their wives remain their primary focus but The James Brothers allow them to be centre stage, playing the music of their roots and telling jokes without fear of being told off! Everyone is welcome at Montrose Folk Club next Thursday for an exciting evening of quality songs and tunes. Doors open at 7.30 p.m.