James Yorkston, Nina Persson + Second Hand Orchestra | Future Yard

Independent Venue Week 2023

We’re overjoyed to be welcoming the full outfit of James Yorkston, Nina Persson and The Second Hand Orchestra back to Future Yard for a full band show in February, which will round off our celebrations for Independent Venue Week 2023. The show comes off the back of the release of the collective’s new album, The Great White Sea Eagle, which lands on 13th January via Domino Records. The majesty of the new album is hinted at by lead single Hold Out For Love (see below) – a kind of Fife-gospel anthem with Yorkston and Persson’s vocals interwoven together over the lyrics: “You’ll have no regrets / If you hold out for love / Don’t sell yourself short / For the sake of a moment.”

After the triumphant show the group played here in August 2022, we’re really excited to be welcoming them back again with new material to showcase. With support on the night from tenacious storytelling songwriter Rachael Jean Harris and laconic Tyneside-Merseyside artist Hank Bee.

Tickets on sale now.

The Great White Sea Eagle is a follow-up to The Wide, Wide River, a Guardian Top 10 Folk Album of 2021. For this album, Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra are joined by Cardigans vocalist Nina Persson, who performed a number of dates with the collective this summer, including at Future Yard.

They followed the same methodology as The Wide, Wide River – apart from James, Nina and Karl-Jonas Winqvist (the ringleader/conductor of TSHO), none of The Second Hand Orchestra had heard the music prior to entering the studio – and the arrangements were made up on the spot. Yorkston summarises: “Everyone who was playing in The Second Hand Orchestra, in their own way they are all unique and colourful players. There was no-one there who didn’t know what to do. I would bring them the songs, we would start one – I would play it, and second time round people would start singing and playing, and by the time we had done it three or four times we would hit record and we would be ready to go. And the thing that they all had was the ability to give each other space and to come up with their parts based on what other people were playing naturally was a very quick process, and they were all so open, nobody was egotistical. Everything was just happy. I love the wildness in it.”

Whilst there is a lightness in sound to The Great White Sea Eagle, there is a dark humour throughout and the album conveys a rich message about life and grief, family and nature. James’ song for Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison, A Sweetness In You, being one such moment.


James Yorkston, Nina Persson + Second Hand Orchestra

Future Yard presents
James Yorkston, Nina Persson and The Second Hand Orchestra
+ Rachael Jean Harris
+ Hank Bee
Sunday 5th February 2023
7.30pm doors
75 Argyle Street
Tickets £17 advance

Tickets available online in advance or in person at the Future Yard Box Office.
Future Yard is a cashless venue – all payments are taken by contactless or chip and pin. Live curfew 11pm. Kitchen open til 9pm.
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Live room doors open at 7:00pm

7:30pm – Rachael Jean Harris
8:20pm – Hank Bee
9:20pm – James Yorkston, Nina Persson and the Second Hand Orchestra

NB – Times subject to change. Please check Future Yard social media for latest updates on the day of the show.

Tickets available on the door.
Venue open all day from 10am so you can stop by early for that mid-morning pick-me-up – bar closes at 12am.

Kitchen open 4pm-9pm.


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James Yorkston, Nina Persson + Second Hand Orchestra

Liverpool-born Rachael Jean Harris has carved out a highly individual sound which melds folk, jazz and indie, taking inspiration from poetry, literature and inventive, thoughtful songwriters (PJ Harvey, Suzanne Vega, Esperanza Spalding). A graduate of both The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and the Royal Northern College of Music, Rachael is currently supported by Help Musicians UK.

Rachael’s current writing takes on more intentionally personal themes, intertwined with a growing interest in the lives of birds. In doing so, she is asking questions about our fundamental connectedness, loneliness, the importance of attention and affection for the lives we share our spaces with, and how her own journeys through loss, grief, past relationships and new freedoms find solace and reverberation within the natural world.


James Yorkston, Nina Persson + Second Hand Orchestra

Hank Bee is the brainchild of Hannah Brown, a singer-songwriter hailing from the northeast borders, before swapping the Tyne for the Mersey. Penning songs steeped in the folk she was raised on, and dipped in the later influences of her formative years; Brown straddles the genre divides that have inspired her so much, culminating in focused melodies twisted around intricate rhythms and tragically ironic lyrics.