A black and white photo of James and Sam Gillespie walking outside

The Brothers Gillespie

Global/Folk Sun 24 Mar 2024, 7:30pm The Forge



£18. Under 25s and f/t students £16 (includes £4 booking fee)

Described by Folk Radio UK as "weaving an especially compelling magic", and "showing British acoustic music in its best possible light", Northumbrian duo The Brothers Gillespie make music that is animated by lyrical songwriting, fine fingerstyle guitar playing, multi-instrumental musicianship and "the glorious tones of their blood harmony" (Sam Lee).

Brothers James and Sam Gillespie found their sound growing up in the fells and valleys of Northumberland, their songs often describing relationships with wild places and the experience of finding oneself in a world alive with soul. The music comes to them most strongly when walking in the borderlands with their packs and instruments, which remains a regular practice for them. This spirit is channelled into their live performances, which have a rare and intimate energy, both ethereal and earthy, romantic and radical.

The brothers emerge from the time of lockdowns with a yet greater reverence for the joy and privilege of being with an audience in real-time and space.

Cast & Creatives


An experience that will stay with you. There is a feeling of warmth that exudes from them and affects everyone in the room
Folk London
Not since the minimal chamber folk of Simon And Garfunkel has two voices and an acoustic guitar sounded so absolutely perfect
Stunning songs beautifully sung and played. Without doubt a classic in the making from a duo potent with potential
Northern Sky
Uncluttered, simply but intoxicatingly arranged and adorned by their magical harmonies, musically steeped in the earth, grass and leaves that mark the pathways, this is a road you really need to travel
Bright Young Folk

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