The Jellyman's Daughter (Scotland)
Scottish duo The Jellyman's Daughter lands squarely in the middle of an intriguing crossroads between bluegrass, post-rock, folk and soul. Mixing their unique vocal harmonies with wild and visceral cello, driving guitar and sweet mandolin, Emily and Graham write their songs together with a focus on doing something new.
The duo’s debut album, released in late 2014, established The Jellyman’s Daughter as something fresh and exciting, going on to tour the UK, Europe and Canada. In 2018 the Emily and Graham released their second album, Dead Reckoning, a marked step forward in maturity, depth and scope while retaining the affinity that is the foundation of the duo’s sound.
The new album takes its title from a navigational term that, when applied to the human spirit, is analogous to navigating our way through life, and how we progress (or otherwise). This theme permeates the 10 songs on the new record in different ways, ranging from the overwhelming sense of bleakness imbued by many world events in recent years to more personal experiences of steering a course through relationships and journeys both physical and emotional. Featuring prominently is banjo player Jamie Francis (of Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys) and double bassist Paul Gilbody.