Award winning folk trio perform in atmospheric Lancaster church


Four time BBC Folk Award winners and “free thinking visionaries” Lau perform in Lancaster later this month.

The three piece Scottish/ English act will take to the stage at St John’s Church in North Road on November 24, from 8pm

Lau, meaning “natural light” in a Scotish dialect, is composed of Kris Drever on guitar and vocals, Martin Green on accordion and piano and Aidan O’Rourke on fiddle.

The band has released three studio albums and a live album, including their latest – Race The Loser – which is considered their best and was nominated for Scottish Album of the Year 2013.

They have been described as “Brilliant musicians, thrilling performers and free-thinking visionaries.”

Race The Loser was recorded last year with American producer Tucker Martine, who has worked with Sufjan Stevens and REM.

Event organiser Alec Lyon said: “When I heard Lau were looking to do a tour of churches I jumped at the chance to present such an amazing act in an unusual setting. Their shows are always brilliant but set against the Georgian backdrop of St Johns I really think this is going to be a remarkable night”.

In February Lau won Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards for a fourth time having won previously in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Their 2007 debut album Lightweights and Gentlemen mixed original tunes with inspired arrangements of traditional material. In 2009 came the equally acclaimed Arc Light with a grander setting that produced a heavily played single Winter Moon and an invitation from Mojo magazine to cover the Beatles’ Dear Prudence for their White Album celebrations.

Support comes from Derbyshire based all female folk pop trio Haiku Salut. A limited edition CD EP of remixes of Lau tracks by The Silver Columns (Adem), Frightened Rabbit, Sei- A, Matthew Herbert and Haiku Salut will also be available on the night. Tickets, priced £15, are available online from, or call 01792 229960.