Wednesday 13 November 2013 at 7:30pm
Central Methodist Hall
Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ, United Kingdom
Lau are modern folk music’s most innovative band. Brilliant musicians, thrilling performers and free-thinking visionaries. Their latest album, Race The Loser (Reveal Records), was recorded in Scotland through the spring of 2012 with American producer Tucker Martine (Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists, R.E.M., Laura Veirs). The album has become Lau’s best-selling and most acclaimed release to date. Accolades include five stars from the Guardian, who also listed it in their Best Albums of the Year poll, and a shortlist nomination for Scottish Album of the Year 2013. Following its release in October 2012, Lau were invited to perform on prestigious BBC music TV show Later… with Jools Holland, performing Torsa and Throwing Pennies. In February 2013 Lau won the award for Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for a fourth time.
Their 2007 debut album Lightweights and Gentlemen mixed original tunes with inspired arrangements of traditional material and rocketed Lau to the fore of the burgeoning new-folk scene. This was followed by the much-loved Live album just a year later. 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.
As Lau’s reputation has grown so too has their desire to collaborate with other artists. Following successful international touring, a proud catalogue of major festival appearances, side projects and solo recordings, came a string of intriguing collaborations that took place leading up to the release of Race The Loser.
Tour support comes from Haiku Salut, who we believe, in Tricolore, have produced one of the albums of 2013 - for fans of Yann Tiersen, Amiina and Balmorhea.
Price: £15 adv
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