Lau

Already nine years since they last appeared in Orkney, Lau have pushed the boundaries of modern folk music like few others. Whilst rooted in traditional music, theirs has a bold, free-thinking, visionary sense of creativity and adventure that reshapes and thrillingly reimagines the conventional parameters of a trio. 

Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) effortlessly bridge the seemingly diametrically opposed worlds of acoustic folk and post-rock electronics in an enthralling live show that has earned them the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Best Band title no less than four times, alongside a forest’s worth of ecstatic, five-star reviews.

From a meeting of three blokes playing a few tunes on fiddle, guitar and squeeze-box at a kitchen table in Edinburgh one day in 2004, Lau quickly burst out of the undergrowth into groundbreaking terrain. Lau has not merely become one of the great success stories of the last decade, but a barometer of the fast-changing and increasingly all-embracing face of British folk music.

From almost the first moment they ventured out into public during 2006, audiences reacted joyously to their thrilling ensemble playing and the freshness of ideas and arrangements that constantly leap and dip in unexpected contours, with sharp mood swings and subtle nods to rock, jazz improvisation and other areas beyond the beyond.

 

"Lau are a remarkable band - the most musically adventurous trio in British folk - exquisite and hypnotic, musicianship at its best - The UK's best live band" ★★★★★ The Guardian

"This is music of such stunning creativity – one of most thrilling live bands, now one of most thrilling studio bands as well – what phrase, what note can possibly be coming next?" Sunday Herald