Showcase Spotlight: JR Green

Wide Days chatted with brothers, JR Green about how they started playing music together, gig highlights and what's coming up for the band this year. Catch them at Teviot on Friday 21 April.

Q: Who are JR Green? 

JR Green consists of me, Rory, and my elder brother Jacob. We hail from the Ardnamurchan peninsula, on the West coast of the remote Scottish Highlands. We play a type of music that captures elements of Scottish Traditional and Folk music, and combines them with a more contemporary, indie verve.

Q: What led to you playing music together?

Growing up, we began learning instruments and exploring artists and bands who made us want to write and perform music of our own. Being brothers, it felt only natural that we would do this together. From an early age we were taught and exposed to Traditional Scottish music, the use of this influence was another thing that felt completely natural.

Q: In the past you’ve played at The Great Escape, Celtic Connections and most recently at King Tuts as part of the BBC Radio 6 Music festival, what have been your gig highlights so far?

Travelling to L.A to perform at the Muse XPO global conference was an unbelievable experience, something we will always remember.  

Q: Who would you like to speak at an event like Wide Days and why?

If  Lee 'Scratch' Perry were to get up and speak, I don't believe anybody would feel the urge to check their watch.

Q: What does 2017 hold for you guys?

We are currently sitting on a wealth of material that has either been recorded, or is in the latter stages of being written. The next few months will see further JR Green releases without doubt.

Ailsa Harper