The Bell That Never Rang is the acclaimed new album from the UK’s most musically revered and celebrated folk trio Lau and they are following its release with a tour of the UK.
Since their debut album in 2007 Lau have picked up four awards for ‘Best Group’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and the individual members have all won multiple awards and recognition for their acclaimed solo works. Lau have also appeared on TV on Later…With Jools Holland (BBC 2 TV).
Lau comprises Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) and together they continue to effortlessly bridge the seemingly diametrically opposed worlds of acoustic folk tradition and electronica.
At the heart of the new album lies the epic seventeen-minute, collaborative title track, with acclaimed London string section The Elysian Quartet. This piece, The Bell That Never Rang, was worked up for the Commonwealth Games in celebration of Glasgow, and has also been a feature of the band’s live set. In some ways it is also indicative of the continuing commitment Lau has to musical freedom and creative adventure.
There is, as with much of Lau’s work, a contrast between tradition, home and certainty, and experimentation, new horizons and change. It ensures Lau constantly surprise us with each new twist and turn of their music, whether live on stage or in the recording studio. The new album, tour and Lau-Land aims do that all over again.
‘Lau are a remarkable band – the most musically adventurous trio in British folk, exquisite and hypnotic, musicianship at its best.’The Guardian
‘Captivating, exquisite, stunning – Lau evolve naturally through experimentation’ ***** Songlines
Support comes from singer-songwriter Luke Daniels.
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