JR Green at Celtic Connections
January 16, 2016
JR Green are brothers Jacob and Rory from Strontian, a remote Scottish village a few miles from the most westerly point on mainland Britain, who describe their music as “Low-fi traditional skronk”.
When we saw them support Joe McAlinden at the Poetry Club in Glasgow last year it’s fair to say we were very impressed, and it’s great to hear how busy they’ve been since.
This month during Celtic Connections they’re appearing at Vic Galloway’s BBC Radio Scotland Celtic Connections show on the 18th January alongside Trembling Bells & C Duncan at the CCA, Glasgow. It’s now fully booked, but if you’ve missed out on tickets for that, JR Green play King Tut’s on 30th January as part of Celtic Connections. Tickets on sale now.
We managed to catch up with them for a quick chat before they get too busy…
Q: Please can you tell us what Low-fi traditional skronk is?
Low-Fi traditional skronk is a completely made up term that we thought best described our music, haha. We heard someone describe their music as guitar skronk and just sort of stole it.
Q: How was 2015 for you, what were your personal highlights?
2015 was a great year for us, especially the latter months. Highlights would have to be releasing our debut EP, Bring The Witch Doctor, and going out on our first ever tour. These are things we’ve dreamt of doing for a long time.
Q: What’s been your most memorable show?
We played at King Tut’s for the very first time in November, that was really special. All our friends were there to see us and it was the first headline gig we’d ever done. We will remember it forever.
Q: Who/ what are your musical influences?
We have been influenced by a lot of different types of music. From things like Steeleye Span, The Bothy Band, The Chieftans, Reelroad, that our Mum played to us from a young age, to The Strokes, The Libertines, Arcade Fire, Frightened Rabbit, The Pogues, The Cribs that we got into as we got older.
Q: What gigs have you seen that made an impression on you, any favourites?
We went to see The Cribs which was amazing. We’d always wanted to see them since we were young but had never got the chance.
Q: What are you up to in 2016?
2016 is already looking pretty exciting. We’re playing at King Tut’s as part of Celtic Connections, which has been another dream since we were young. We’re also heading out on another tour in February. We’re going further south this time to London and Brighton so we’re really chuffed about that.