“The Fell is a moving and surprising album. Stunning songs beautifully sung and played. Without doubt a classic in the making from a duo potent with potential.”
— Northern Sky
Described by Folk Radio UK as ‘weaving an especially compelling magic’, and 'showing off British acoustic music in its best possible light', Northumbrian duo The Brothers Gillespie sing traditional and original songs with lyrical and visionary intensity, rich with sounds of soaring sibling harmony, guitars, flute, fiddle and mandolin . Drawing inspiration from powerful lineages of poetic songwriting, the folk revivial of the 60s and 70s and older source traditions they make music that is deep-rooted and speaks to the present moment. Their songs and performances are animated by a rare energy, both earthy and ethereal, romantic and radical.
Brothers James and Sam Gillespie grew up in the small village of Wall on the old Roman frontier bounded on one side by a faery hill and on the other by the wise old river they call the North Tyne. It was in this valley that music took hold of them. They found a world that was still alive, that breathed magic and which became the inspiration for their song. Theirs is a music of borderlands, of the thresholds between worlds. The brothers have travelled widely and sung their songs at campfires, concert halls, Parisian circuses, folk clubs and a range of UK festivals including Cambridge Folk Fest. They have also opened concerts for Sam Lee and Lankum.
The Fell is the duo’s second album, recorded during the Summer of 2018 by Tim Lane at Stable Project Studio in East Lothian. The window was open, the light was dancing, you can hear the birds calling. The tone is rich and warm with a vintage feeling, the sound centered around guitar and fiddle with the brothers' voices singing in ‘the glorious tones of their blood harmony’ (Sam Lee). Highland clàrsach player Siannie Moodie adds some beautiful and sensitive harp to two of the tracks whilst Tim Lane also makes a guest appearance on percussion. The poetic songs have strong currents of the romantic and the mystical, complimented by and informing an urgent sense of political radicalism.
The Brothers Gillespie say of ‘The Fell’
‘The album 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 an album 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’.
The Fell was released on the 11th December at a sell-out launch show at the Queen’s Hall in Hexham and is now available to buy from www.thebrothersgillespie.com
202O saw a growing collaboration with classical string group Trio Mythos and the Provencal band Tant Que Lis Siam after recording together in December 2019 with plans for an E.P release in the months to come with music from the project and further trips to Provence and also the outline of a third Brothers Gillespie album starts to take shape and reveal itself as a possibility.