The Brothers Gillespie
Brothers James and Sam Gillespie grew up in the Northumbrian village of Wall. The two of them sing finely crafted original and traditional songs.
Their second album ‘The Fell’ is rich with lyrical intensity and the sounds of soaring sibling harmony, guitars, flute, fiddle and mandolin. It's been described as ‘a classic in the making’ and as showing ‘British acoustic music in its best possible light’.
As well as the folk traditions of Britain and Ireland, they are deeply inspired by the folk revival artists of the 60s and 70s including Bert Jansch, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Sandy Denny, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and the American roots folk and blues traditions.
The brothers have travelled widely since 2015, singing everywhere from campfires to concert halls, from Parisian circuses to folk festivals. Their performances are often intimate and personal, animated by a rare energy that is earthy, ethereal, romantic and radical.
“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. Their new album ‘The Fella’ is totally brilliant” - Mike Harding