Records - Lau (3 stars)

Lau

Lightweights & Gentlemen (Reveal Records)

FOLK

This debut CD from Lau, a trio made up of fiddler Aidan O’Rourke, accordionist Martin Green and guitarist Kris Drever, is an accurate reflection of the kind of music that had been emerging in their impressive (if occasional) live work since they came together in 2005. The music is characterised by strong writing and powerful playing that is clearly rooted in traditional musical forms, but with the addition of a more contemporary and experimental slant.

The degree of experiment is never too radical, and the instrumental sets - mostly written by the band members - provide scope for the players to stretch out in virtuoso fashion. They are augmented by vocal outings from Drever on Ewan MacColl’s ‘Freeborn Man’ and a couple of traditional songs. In the copy supplied for review, the booklet is printed wrongly, with repeated pictures replacing missing track information.

(Kenny Mathieson)

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