Lau Unplugged

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For the first time in over a decade, Lau present an entirely acoustic tour.
The pioneering Scottish folk trio has always experimented with sound and form; the results have been complex and thrilling.

Already acknowledged as phenomenal live performers, Lau arrived at a new creative peak with 2019’s Midnight and Closedown. Their 2020 Unplugged concert tour sees traditional music’s most celebrated innovators strip away their banks of electronics, loops and wild effects. The trio of Kris Drever (guitar, vocals), Martin Green (accordion) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) feel drawn to a more raw and plain-speaking aesthetic. The approach is subtler, less about spectacle, more about close listening. In brash and polarised political times, here is the poetry of real instruments and considerate music making.

'Lau is a remarkable band – the most musically adventurous trio in British folk – exquisite and hypnotic, musicianship at its best’. ????? The Guardian

‘This is music of such stunning creativity – one of the most thrilling live bands’. Sunday Herald

Four-time winners ?Best Group? at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

Ticket: £20 advance, £21 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts. £12 under 18s.

Doors and bar 7pm, start 8pm


Lau appearing at this event

Widely regarded as this generation's most inventive folk band, Lau have been crowned Best Folk Group at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards three years on the trot. Kris Drever (vocals/guitar) from the Orkney Islands, Martin Green (accordion) from East Anglia and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) from Oban are a phenomenally talented trio of musicians and their cutting edge sound and charismatic flair have earned them an unrivalled reputation at national and international venues and festivals. Lau is a formidable union of three of the finest and most innovative exponents of modern traditional music in Scotland today. ‘Lau has injected a freshness, vitality, vigour into the UK folk scene’ (BBC) 'Astonishing walls of sound, truly magnificent' (The Scotsman) 'Unconventional and intricate, Lau are far from traditional' (NME) 'Lau are so special' (The Guardian) 'One of the most exciting live acts in any genre, Lau are to be cherished' (The Arts DEsk) '... a symbol of musical innovation – a blaze of white hot sparks' (MUSICOMH) 'Amazing, our most favourite band in the world' (Holy Moly).

See 8 tour dates featuring Lau

Calstock Arts

  • The Old Chapel
  • Sand Lane
  • Calstock
  • PL18 9QX

01822 833183

Lau image © Elly Lucas

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