Northern Shores & Stories is the debut studio album by Elizabeth & Jameson released in May 2020, a concept album inspired by the North Yorkshire coast and in particular the harbour town of Whitby.  After deciding that we wanted to create a concept piece based around a specific place we decided fairly quickly on Whitby - not because of any strong links to the area, but simply because we are so fond of it and felt confident that it would hold the inspiration that we sought for our songs and stories.  And we weren't disappointed!

"Breathtaking storytelling and

songwriting... stunning musicianship."

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Over the last two years we have gradually gathered inspiration from several  visits to Whitby and written a collection of songs on themes ranging from love and loss, to adventure and discovery.  Various stories linked to the area and the town’s many historical figures, myths and legends both famous and lesser known were great sources of intrigue and captured our imaginations. 

"The voices form a seductive combination... you can almost hear the sea receding towards the horizon."

The Sunday Times

 

Our own personal experiences also have their place within the concept, as well as simply the physical place itself which is an inspiration all on its own. We have enhanced our songs and stories by using field recordings of the physical environments they have been inspired by, with the aim of transporting the listener to a very real physical place and immersing them in that world through a varied soundscape of music, song and ambient sound.

"Fantastic... quite the listening experience!"

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The recording of our album was completed in February this year and was officially released on 22nd May 2020.  Plans are afoot to take our songs closer to the place of inspiration with some live performances planned in and around Whitby over the coming months - keep your eyes on our live dates here.

"Something wonderful."

BBC Radio Scotland

Meanwhile do take a look at our most recent press reviews below to find out more about the album and the inspiration behind the songs.  And of course if you want to get your hands on a copy for yourself, do visit our online shop here!

We have also recently made available some further notes on our Whitby-inspired songs. Please take a look if you would like to find out more about the inspiration behind each song from the album - click on the button on the right.

Click the button below for further information about our songs and stories.

 

 

REVIEWS AND PRESS

"Superb...cannot recommend highly enough."

FATEA MAGAZINE

Read the full review online here.

*****

"Full of delightful soundscapes and characters."

FOLK AND TUMBLE

Read the full review online here.

"One of the brightest new names on this country’s folk circuit."

BRIGHT YOUNG FOLK

Read the full review online here.

"One of those albums that you can sail away on – a delight

from start to finish."

FOLKING.COM

Read the full review online here.

"An album that captures the heart of the area, of the north,

and of the duo, a sense of upmost achievement." 

LIVERPOOL SOUND AND VISION

Read the full review online here.

"A meeting of voices with the sort of harmonies one expects from siblings or family combinations."

FOLK LONDON

Find out more about the team behind the album!

 

Northern Shores & Stories was recorded, produced & mastered by Stephen MacLachlan at SMac Studios, Suffolk.

Custom artwork & CD design by Jack Burrell at Belle Illustration, Hertfordshire.

String arrangements plus guest percussion, piano, celeste & harpsichord by Stephen MacLachlan (find out more here).

Guest 'cello by Claire Bostock (find out more here).

Guest double bass by Dave Sutherland (find out more here).

Octave violin kindly set up & loaned by Hill & Company, Hertfordshire.

Elizabeth & Jameson logo design by Katherine Roopchand at LSP Media & DesignHertfordshire.

Printed CD digipaks for Northern Shores & Stories were manufactured by Disc Wizards, London.

Bedford, Bedfordshire - United Kingdom © 2019 Elizabeth & Jameson    CONTACT: elizabethandjameson@gmail.com