‘We play this mu­sic be­cause we love it’

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - MUSIC SCENE - By Sean Wal­lace

SCOT­TISH three­piece Lau are at the cut­ting edge of a new breed of vi­sion­ary folk mu­sic. The crit­i­cally-ac­claimed band head­line The Lemon Tree to­mor­row to pro­mote new EP Ghosts. But singer and gui­tarist Kris Dr­ever in­sisted their ex­per­i­men­tal sound and live shows are not de­signed to drag tra­di­tional folk mu­sic into the 21st cen­tury. He said: “Folk has never been that cliche of beards and woolly jumpers. “So we cer­tainly don’t feel that we have to drag the mu­sic into the present. “Gen­res such as folk are just tags and lines drawn in the sand. They mean noth­ing. “We play this mu­sic be­cause we love do­ing it.” Join­ing Dr­ever are Martin Green (ac­cor­dion, piano) and Ai­dan O’Rourke (fid­dle). Formed in 2005, Lau have se­cured the pres­ti­gious BBC Folk Award for best act three times. Their an­ar­chic live shows can of­ten see the three­piece ca­reer to­wards freeform im­pro­vi­sa­tion. “At Lau gigs we seem to have a strange in­flu­ence on the au­di­ence,” he said. “Some­times it can get so in­tense it evokes some kind of an­i­mal re­ac­tion, it can get very in­tense.” Dr­ever is one of the busiest folk mu­si­cians around and has toured and recorded with an im­pres­sive ar­ray of artists. Along­side Lau, the Orkney­born gui­tarist has col­lab­o­rated with Kate Rusby, Eddi Reader and Julie Fowlis. He also played in a trio with Idlewild front­man Roddy Woomble and renowned fid­dle player John McCusker. “When Dr­ever, McCusker and Woomble first be­gan, Roddy had the ma­jor­ity of the fans at the shows,” he said. “There are cer­tain Idlewild fans who are not too both­ered about folk mu­sic and were just there to see him. “But slowly more and more peo­ple be­gan com­ing to see the band on the back of our mu­sic.” Dr­ever has also re­leased two solo al­bums, Black Wa­ter (2006) and Mark The Hard Earth (2010). “I had been work­ing as a gui­tarist for eight years and just did the odd solo spot,” he said. “Over that time so many peo­ple asked me when I was go­ing to do solo work. “I was play­ing with Kate Rusby and a record la­bel saw me on stage. “They asked me if I wanted to record a solo al­bum and it all pro­gressed from there.”

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