Folk trio Lau are back on tour, performing their hugely anticipated new album The Bell That Never Rang.
Since their debut album in 2007 Lau have picked up four awards for Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, appeared on Later with Jools Holland and each member has won multiple awards for their solo projects.
Comprising of Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle), the group continue to effortlessly bridge the opposed worlds of acoustic folk tradition and electronica.
So what can audiences expect from their new work? Recorded at their preferred studio, Castlesound, near Edinburgh, the new album, produced by Joan Wasser (aka Joan As Police Woman), was a direction change for all involved. “So much of what we do starts with improvisation”, said Drever. “We’ve been working with quite skeletal ideas, smaller and smaller units than ever before.”
Echoes of the downtown New York music scene (where producer Wasser lives) has subtly complemented Lau’s sound. Another musical element is singer-guitarist Kris Drever’s heartfelt lyrics, distinctivly wrapped up in brittle electric guitar, deep soundscapes and haunting string melodies.
Lau will perform at Buxton’s Pavilion Arts Centre on Saturday, November 21, at 7.30pm.
Tickets £19 are available from the box office, telephone 01298 72190 or visit: www. buxtonoperahouse.org.uk