Lau took to the stage in front of a sellout crowd expectant of a tremendous concert and they did not disappoint. In fact they exceeded expectations with their inventive and imaginative music.
This band know how to entertain and showed why they have been nominated for BBC Folk Band of the Year some 11 times. Kris Drever, Aidan O’Rourke and Martin Green are three of the most enthusiastic and talented musicians around.
This was a show of some of Lau’s older material as well as new material with a spellbinding new sound.
One such piece was a piece written by Lau with collaboration with PRSF New Music Biennial and entitled ‘The Bell that Never Rang’.
This phenomenal piece was premiered at this concert and was accompanied by the classical Elysian Quartet. This was a lengthy piece and quite spectacular. It was a beautifully arranged piece with Lau’s fiddle, guitar, accordion and voice blending in effortlessly with the quartet’s more elaborate instruments.
Drever, Green and O’Rourke showed fantastic musicality with their instruments. Kris Drever at one point laying his guitar across his lap and playing it like a steel slide guitar. The bow of Aidan O’Rourke’s fiddle flew across the strings whilst Martin Green played both the keyboards and the left hand side of his accordion at the same time. Immense!
One set they played was introduced by Kris as ‘Save The Bees’. You would think that each of the trio had been keeping bees in their trouser pockets and were getting stung relentlessly such was their energy and movement on their chairs.
Danny Matheson (Celtic Music Radio presenter)