LAU – A REVIEW

11th June 2015
Howard Assembly Room, Leeds – 19 May 2015

Kris Drever, Martin Green and Aidan O’Rourke – collectively known as Lau – are folk superstars in every sense of the word. But getting to see them in concert shows just how magnificent they are.


Not every band would be able to bring out a live album on only their second release, but this trio did just that in 2008, a year which also saw them winning in the category of Best Group at the BBC Folk Awards.

Support for tonight came from the delightful Scottish singer-songwriter Siobhan Wilson, who wooed the attentive audience with a set of beautiful songs including All Dressed Up and Believe In Everything. She is an artist certainly worth looking out for.
Lau are on tour to promote their 2015 album ‘The Bell That Never Rang’ and open with the fourth track entitled Tiger Hill (Armoured Man), which shows why this trio are held in such high regard. Torsa comes next, from the ‘Race The Loser’ album, as played on the BBC’s Later … with Jools Holland programme back in 2012, followed by a cover of Lal Waterson’s Midnight Feast, then The Burrian, before returning to the new material with the haunting First Homecoming. Save The Bees, Ghosts, Death Of The Dining Car and Far From Portland finish up what can only be described as an electrifying set, their humour having shown up throughout between every song introduction, especially from Accordionist Martin Green, forever the comedian of the trio with his hilariously dry sense of humour.

This was truly a night to remember!

Written by Kevin Petch

Kris Drever – Guitar and Vocals
Martin Green – Accordion and Electronics
Aidan O’Rourke - Fiddle