A thwarted artist returns home to rural Scotland in this bittersweet slacker debut by an acclaimed, internationally-rewned singer-songwriter. Johnny's return from London to stay with best friend Stevie is the final admission that his dreams of being a great artist are dead. In Victoria Bus Station he meets Mikey, a deranged low-level dealer, who is from the same area. As Johnny tries to get his life back on track, living in a tiny cottage with Stevie, Mikey won't leave them alone, a constant presence destabilising everything around him. As Johnny tries to hang on to the only job he can get, Mikey's actions threaten his livelihood and Stevie's sanity. In a blackly comic climax, events take a sinister turn. Can Johnny and Stevie survive the consequences or will they be dragged down by their unwanted 'friend'? Three Craws is a beautifully evoked portrait of contemporary rural life for those dealt a meagre hand.
James Yorkston is one of the UK's leading singer-songwriters singers with an international following. He has recorded twelve albums and was an early member of the Fence Collective,the highly influential collaboration including, amongst others, KT Tunstall, The Beta Band, KingCreosote and The Pictish Trail. In 2011 he published It's Lovely to be Here: The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent (Domino Press).