LAU performs the song "NOLTLAND CASTLE" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY MATT CALDER
Brilliant musicians, thrilling performers, free-thinking visionaries and all-round good chaps as well…small wonder Lau are regarded as the epicentre of the new folk boom. And they’ve got shelves groaning with awards (BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARD WINNERS, BEST BAND, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2015 THE HERALD), a forest’s worth of ecstatic reviews and breathless plaudits from excited audiences in various outposts of the world ringing in their ears to prove it.
Lau comprises Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) and together they effortlessly bridge the seemingly diametrically opposed worlds of acoustic folk tradition and post rock – electronics.
The trio have an open-minded approach to recording that ranges from their own complex but eminently accessible tune-making to a startling re-working of Dear Prudence for MOJO Magazine’s all-star re-make of The Beatles’ classic White Album.
With all three members also involved in so many different solo projects – and constant demand for their services on other people’s records – you wonder that they can maintain focus on Lau. Yet, as one, they describe Lau as “the motherband”…and one that carries such a unique spirit borne of the intuitive understanding and mutual respect between them that they are intensely proud of their achievements so far. And eager to pursue lots more…
A decade on, Lau are fearless innovators, festival curators (Lau-Land) a band that simply never stand still. Kris Drever, Aidan O’Rourke and Martin Green also create some of the best music being made anywhere in any genre.
"...The intuitive and often beautiful interplay of accordion, fiddle and guitar glides to a new level as instrumental virtuosity blends easily with tasteful electronics....’
CREDITS / SPONSORS
CITY PARTNER // VISIT EXETER. HTTP://WWW.VISITEXETER.COM
VENUE // SAMUEL JONES. HTTP://WWW.SAMUELJONESEXETER.CO.UK
AUDIO PRODUCTION // BIG TREE. HTTP://WWW.BIGTREESTUDIO.CO.UK
VIDEOGRAPHER // CATE CALDER
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