JAMES YORKSTON: ‘I need a badge that says: It’s all right, I do have a job’

James Yorkston, folk singer

Tom Lamont writes as follows: The Scottish folk singer on the perils of having a low public profile and the emotional pain behind his latest album.

James Yorkston, who for the past decade has been putting out quietly popular albums of modern folk, is sometimes asked to play at the weddings of his most ardent fans. "Extremely flattering, but it'd be a terrible thing to do," says the Scotsman, scruffily dressed and wearing a baseball cap, as is his habit. "No one would want to hear it, except the bride or groom. Maybe the guy behind the bar – he'd recognise me. And everyone else in the room would be thinking, 'Who's this idiot?'"

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