To celebrate the release of their latest album, traditional music innovators, Lau are hosting their own festival in London this autumn. Lau-Land is four days of Lau-chosen events running at the multi-purpose venue on Regent’s Canal, Kings Place.
They have invited some of their favourite performers, including Brian Irvine, Geese, Adem, King Creosote and Jon Hopkins, Martin Carthy and Dave Swabrick, and Rura, to join them over the weekend 17 – 20 October 2012. The mini festival also features a newly commissioned film from Ruth Paxton, workshops, and the Race The Loser album launch.
As the put it in the publicity material: ‘Lau-Land is Lau’s opportunity to present groups and individuals that have inspired them and excite them artistically. This is a chance to delve into the mind of Lau and hear some of what makes their metronome tick so uniquely.’
In the meantime, Lau are playing a concert tomorrow night at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in McGrorys, Culdaff, Co Donegal; running workshops the next day; and playing in the Glens Centre in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim on Thursday, 28 June, and in the Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, in Naul, Co Dublin on Friday.
The line up and publicity descriptions for Lau-Land are as follows:
Roddy Woomble Band (support from RURA)
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 – 7:30pm / Hall One
Roddy Woomble Band (Support from Rura) Welcome to Lau Land 17 October 2012 7.
FREE foyer performance: RURA
Thursday, 18 October 2012 – 6:30pm / Kings Place
The day after their gig supporting the Roddy Woomble Band, RURA return to get toes tapping and hands clapping both before and after the LAU album launch. Join them for some fantastic trad folk – all for free!
Lau Album Launch: Race the Loser
Thursday, 18 October 2012 – 7:30pm / Hall One
Award winning avant-folk trio Lau are set to make a triumphant return with the release of their new studio album Race The Loser, launched as part of Lau’s four day take over of Kings Place.
Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick
Friday, 19 October 2012 – 7:30pm / Hall One
Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick Welcome to Lau Land 19 October 2012 19.
Adem Live In Concert + Geese
Friday, 19 October 2012 – 8:00pm / Hall Two
Adem is the solo project of bassist Adem Ilhan, bassist of seminal band Fridge. Support comes from Geese who have also produced remixes for Hot Chip, Jon Hopkins, James Yorkston, Adrian Crowley and David Holmes.
FREE: Cake Club Orchestra hosted by Brian Irvine
Saturday, 20 October 2012 – 11:30am / Hall One
Calling all creative musicians. Come and be part of a unique orchestra. No matter what instrument, ability or age you can be part of a band that can make truly beautiful music…and you get cake too.
Kris Drever guitar workshop
Saturday, 20 October 2012 – 3:00pm / Wenlock Room
A workshop with Lau’s Kris Drever, bring your guitar and learn more about the possibilities of the guitar in traditional music.
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins + Film with a live soundtrack from Lau
Saturday, 20 October 2012 – 7:30pm / Hall One
A rare chance to see the excellent partnership of King Creosote and Jon Hopkins perform songs from their acclaimed Diamond Mine album. Plus a film by rising superstar of Scottish film Ruth Paxton with a live soundtrack from members of Lau.
Published on 25 June 2012