Laish are indie folk heroes from the Willkommen Collective. Lyrically their songs are honest – brutal even, and yet full of humour, distilling all from the joyful pleasures of life through to the slow demise of relationships and indeed humanity, and they are played with played with passion and poise.
The South West is the appropriate home for the beautifully evocative, languid and lush music of The People’s String Foundation. Theirs is unfamiliar territory, scaling the heights of jazz, hip-hop beat-work, Middle Eastern melodies- performed with an eye toward experimentation and nods toward the avant-garde. Essentially the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and jazz singer Ben Sutcliffe and world/blues guitarist Zaid Al-Rikabi- the duo combine to wonderful songwriting effect but it’s in their live performances that the group combine, enlisting the assistance of a troupe of inspired musicians.