A QUIRKY duo will be the next act to take to the stage at Bromsgrove Folk Club on Thursday, October 12.
The James Brothers, who are not really outlaws or brothers and only one of them is called James, will perform at Catshill Club at 8pm.
The pair come from the lands down under – Australia and New Zealand – and their traditional songs and tunes of the British Isles have evolved their own unique characteristics.
The one ‘brother’ James Fagan comes from Sydney and is best known as being one half of Nancy Kerr and James Fagan (musically and maritally). He has also played guitar and bouzouki in The Cara Dillon Band, the live circus ‘Bellowhead’ and with his parents and sister as The Fagans, where his folk career began.
The other is Jamie McClennan, a Kiwi who has been in a duo with his wife, Scotland’s BBC-award-winning Emily Smith. Jamie has played fiddle, whistle and guitar next to Sharon Shannon, Beth Nielson Chapman and Jerry Douglas.
The James Brothers perform these songs and tunes along with several of their own in a distinct Antipodean steeped folk.
Whilst they both point out their primary passion is their work with their wives they do relish being centre stage as The James Brothers.
The music is brought to life between two very silly but gifted musician which on stage have a fraternal bond or ‘Two men. Two Voices. Two Instruments… No Sheilas’ as they are also billed.