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Lau’s Mareel return

Scottish trio Lau, from left - Aidan O'Rourke, Kris Drever and Martin Green. Photo: David Angel

INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed experimental folk trio Lau have announced a date at Mareel as part of their European tour next year.

The group will be touring in support of their highly anticipated forthcoming new album, due to be released in May 2015 on Reveal Records. The Mareel show will take place on Friday 26 June, with tickets going on sale at Shetland Box Office this Friday.

Shetland resident Kris Drever sings and plays guitar with the group alongside fiddler Aidan O’Rourke and accordion/electronics wizard Martin Green. Together they have been stretching folk music’s boundaries ever further, exploring new musical territory with each release and concert tour.

2012 album ‘Race the Loser’ was nominated for Scottish Album of the Year and featured in many critics’ end-of-year best of lists.

Lau appeared on BBC flagship music show Later With Jools Holland, extending their audience considerably in the process and going on to win their fourth BBC Radio Folk award for best group a few months later.

The band has since curated three multi-artist weekend festivals called Lau Land and collaborated with a myriad of other musicians all over the world.

Recordings for the new album will be produced by Brooklyn-based artist and multi-instrumentalist Joan Wasser (Joan As Police Woman). What comes next from Lau promises to be “their greatest musical recorded statement yet”.

Shetland Arts marketing officer Lisa Ward said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming Lau back to Mareel for a gig in the new year. Their concert at Mareel last year, as part of Fiddle Frenzy 2013, was very popular, and we expect that quite a few people will be snapping up tickets for this one when they go on sale on Friday.”