Today’s bio is taken from the band’s Facebook page:-

Sister John are four multi-instrumentalists from Glasgow, formed around the songwriting of Amanda McKeown.

Released in September 2017, their debut album ‘Returned From Sea‘ was described as The sound the Velvet Underground would make if Lou Reed wrote for Vashti Bunyan instead of Nico” and “One of the minor triumphs of 2017, a gorgeous, sparse record”

Their much anticipated eponymous second album was released in January 2019. Pushing forward their ‘lo-fi lush’ sound, ‘Sister John’ added strut and swagger to the folk-infused soundscapes and layered harmonies of ‘Returned From Sea’. Described as “The Beatles jamming with John Cale”, ‘Sister John’ received widespread play across BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 6 Music.

Their third long player “I Am By Day” was released on 30th July 2021 by Last Night From Glasgow (LNFG)

Sister John are Amanda McKeown, Jonathan Lilley, Sophie Pragnell, and Heather Phillips.

As a subscriber to LNFG, I’ve vinyl copies of all three albums by Sister John, and I have to admit that I have fallen for their charms, particularly enjoying things when I’ve needed to, or wanted to, slow things right down.

I’m guessing that, for the vast majority of you, this will be your introduction to Sister John.  I thought that it would therefore be worthwhile to post one song from each of the three albums, and should you find yourself enjoying and liking what you hear, then perhaps you might be tempted to place an order with LNFG for some vinyl.

mp3: Sister John – Thinner Air (from Returned From Sea)
mp3: Sister John – I’m The One (from Sister John)
mp3: Sister John – How Can I Keep It Alive (from I Am By Day)

Click here to be taken to the Sister John page at LNFG.



  1. “I’m the One” – relaxing and uplifting at the same time – got a nice video. 50 % of the guys (the male ones) look like guys from my chess club.

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