Adam Holmes & JP Worsfold

11th February 2024 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:00 pm)

Kirkgate Centre

Category: Music

'Musical Medicine' The Scotsman

'Tough Elegance. He's going to be massive' The Observer

'To hear his voice alone is worth the ticket price' The Guardian

'The new Robert Burns' The Metro

The voice of his generation' The Courier bio

Adam cut his teeth in the world of folk music.

Taking a space at the end of the bar in legendary folk pub Sandy Bells at eight years old to soak up the music.

Age 15, The death of a close friend and a cascade into addiction.

Leaving school and moving out the family home age 16 he worked construction by day and battle rapped by night.

He found his way out through the focus of rapping until a singer booked didn't show, Adam stepped up and discovered his singing voice.

On the very same day he was finally offered a Carpentry apprenticeship aged 19 he received a phone-call offering him a place in the semi finals of the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2009.

He hasn't looked back since.

Adam Holmes lyrics resonate like ancient folk songs. His melodies familiar and uplifting. Its not unusual to feel tears during his live shows which have the feel of a boozy church service.

James Bond meets Robert Burns. Classy and timeless.

New album, 'Hope Park' featuring Scotland's best musicians and a visual release with Scottish writers Ian Rankin, Irvine Welsh and Darren McGarvey.

Adam's 5 albums gained him Scottish Album of the Year Nominations (3x) and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nominations.

Heirs and Graces (2013) – PRODUCED BY JOHN WOOD (John Martyn/Nick Drake producer)

Brighter Still (2016)

Midnight Milk (2017)

Dreamweaver (2020) and latest album 'Hope Park' (2023)

His songs have featured on

BBC Radio 2

Radio 3

BBC Scotland,

Edith Bowman's BBC Scotland Quay Sessions show

Virgin Radio

His masterful writing and enchanting voice has seen him work and share stages with;

Martin Simpson-Karine Polwart-John Prine-John McCusker-Graham Coxon (Blur) Ladysmith Black Mamboza -Martin Green (Lau)-Adrian Utley (Portishead)-Becky Unthank (The Unthanks)-Dominic Aitchison (Mogwai)-Anais Mitchell-Aidan Moffat Karine Polwart

This evening sharing the stage with local songsmith JP Worsfold:

J P Worsfold is a writer of emotional contemplative contemporary folk songs that speak of connection, joy and belonging. With a subtle blend of rich vocal harmony, sweeping string arrangements alongside heartfelt piano and guitar, they are songs to evoke life’s deeper meaning, inspire connection within ourselves and the natural space around us. J P and his Band of Gold recreate two albums of original material, with spellbinding songs and performances that leave audiences feeling genuinely moved by a truly magical event.

Throughout his career J P has shared staged with Niall McCabe, Adam Holmes and Ben Ottewell

"Music is the space in which I feel closer to the core of what I am than in anything else and my voice is always the vessel that delivers me to that place."

"J P Worsfold has a bittersweet slow-pooling melancholy that echoes with and in our current time." Robert Macfarlane, Award Winning Author of Spell Songs and The Lost Words

"Listening to J P leaves me spellbound, captivated with every song. He sings from the heart with honesty and conviction." Emma Linton, BBC Introducing "Worsfold takes the finest elements of the English folk tradition and revamps it with his own deeply emotive modern style." Aldora Britain Records