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The Brothers Gillespie
Cafe #9, Sheffield
Sunday 17th March 2024, £16.50
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Described by Folk Radio UK as weaving an especially compelling magic, and 'showing British
acoustic music in its best possible light, Northumbrian duo The Brothers Gillespie make
music that is animated by lyrical songwriting, fine fingerstyle guitar playing, multi-
instrumental musicianship and the glorious tones of their blood harmony (Sam Lee). 
Brothers James and Sam Gillespie found their sound growing up in the fells and valleys of
Northumberland, their songs often describing relationships with wild places and the
experience of finding oneself in a world alive with soul. The music comes to them most
strongly when walking in the borderlands with their packs and instruments which remains a
regular practice for them. This spirit is channeled into their live performances which have a
rare and intimate energy, both ethereal and earthy, romantic and radical. The brothers have
travelled far and wide with their music and have played at Cambridge and Sidmouth Folk
Festivals and opened for Lankum and Sam Lee. In 2021 they featured in the English Heritage
Songs of England recording series that appeared on BBC Radio 4. The release of their new
album The Merciful Road (pure magic, Living Tradition) in Spring 2022 saw them embark
on their most extensive national tour to date.  

The Merciful Road was recorded in a cottage by the banks of the river Tweed and like their
previous album The Fell, it blends rootsy, acoustic elements to create a rich warm sound
with a touch of vintage magic. In some ways it is an album about finding the thread of love
and belonging in a world that seems to be nonetheless unravelling.  
The brothers emerge from the time of lockdowns with a yet greater reverence for the joy
and privilege of being with an audience in real time and space.  

Our music is inspired by the still wild soul of the land in which we live, a land alive with
presences, not owned by anyone. It is about seeing with the eye of the heart and recovering
our imaginations. It is about finding home, belonging and each other in a world which is
singing to us as we sing to it.

Anyone who has seen the brothers live will surely attest that it is an experience that will
stay with you. There is a feeling of warmth that exudes from them and affects everyone in
the room - Folk London

Not since the minimal chamber folk of Simon And Garfunkel has two voices and an
acoustic guitar sounded so absolutely perfect. FATEA

Stunning songs beautifully sung and played. Without doubt a classic in the making from a
duo potent with potential. - Northern Sky

Uncluttered, simply but intoxicatingly arranged and adorned by their magical harmonies,
musically steeped in the earth, grass and leaves that mark the pathways, this is a road you
really need to travel. - Bright Young Folk

Warning to all folk fest and club orgs. book these lads while you still can because I have a
feeling that they aren't going to be short of work. Mike Harding

The stars of the show were The Brother's Gillespie - more than an hour of fantastic
musicianship. Imagine the guitar work of the early Nic Jones, the close harmony work of
the Dransfields and the commitment and honesty of Bob Davenport rolled into two
brothers and you'll get some idea. Mike Harding


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