Yoko Pwno

FRIDAY 3RD MAY 2019

11.00pm - 3.00am

18 +

Fronted by the twin fiddles of whisky-fuelled folk maestro Lewis Williamson and classically trained RCS
graduate Lissa Robertson, Yoko Pwno deliver a joyful fusion of original folk tunes, searing vocals and
electronic beats. At the back of the stage, drummer Ali Hutchison and producer Calum Cummins are
equally at home referencing dance crossover acts like Disclosure and Red Snapper as they are
producers like Bonobo, Matthew Herbert and Neil Landstrumm. Formed by Lewis and Calum in 2013,
the band honed their craft with a residency at legendary Edinburgh club Studio 24. Through this they
shared the stage with world famous Scottish trad acts including Shooglenifty and The Treacherous
Orchestra. After Lissa and Ali joined in 2016 the band quickly became a fixture on Scotland’s festival
circuit, playing sets at the Kelburn Garden Party, Eden and even an (all seated!) gig at Celtic
Connections. In early 2018 they started work on an album with producer Iain Copeland (Peatbog
Faeries, Sketch), to be released on Skye Records in April 2019. Working from Iain’s studio on the shores
of Skye’s Loch Dunvegan, the band have developed their sound to meet the demands of an album
release. They incorporate elements of hip-hop, jazz, breakbeats and drum and bass, while still
referencing the house and techno beats which defined their earlier output. The result is an album
which pays as much respect to the conventions of dance music as it does to the performances of the
musicians, taking in a wonderful variety of genre and style while keeping one eye fixed firmly on the
dancefloor. The fiddle playing on this album is a real mixture of style and flair. In addition to Lissa and
Lewis’s original tunes (Feeding John Magnets, GMoD), the fiddle parts take in progressive treatment of
a traditional tune on ‘Bothy Rumba’, and raw bluegrass riffing on ‘Pre Paid Meter Blues’. A key
development has been the emergence of Lissa Robertson as the band’s singer. Her powerful, soulful
voice takes the lead on half of the tracks on ‘Artefacts’, including lead single ‘Shipwreck’, and
atmospheric drum and bass closer ‘Evolution’. The album features a collaboration with legendary
Dundonian singer/artist Andy Pelc, better known as ‘St Andrew’. A key influence on the band
(especially Lewis) when they were growing up, through his Michael Marra produced releases ‘Word On
The Pavey’ and ‘Hubris’, his Dundonian-dialect rapping and sense of fun lend a distinctly ‘Alabama 3’-
esque vibe to ‘Pre-Paid Meter Blues’.


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Blue Arrow Club

323 Sauchiehall St
Glasgow
Lanarkshire
United Kingdom


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