Lau (band)

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Lau at Cropredy 2011.jpg
Lau at the 2011 Cropredy Festival
Background information
Years active2005–present
LabelsReveal Records
Navigator Records
Associated actsKris Drever
WebsiteOfficial site
MembersKris Drever
Martin Green
Aidan O'Rourke

Lau is a British folk band from both Scotland and England, formed in 2005. Named after an Orcadian word meaning "natural light",[1] the band is composed of Kris Drever (guitar, vocals), Martin Green (accordion, piano, electronics) and Aidan O'Rourke (fiddle). To date, the band has released four studio albums and a live album.


Their debut album, Lightweights and Gentlemen, was released through Reveal Records in 2007. The band subsequently won the "Best Group" at the BBC Folk Awards, 2008 and went on to receive the award the next two years running.[2]


In December 2007, Lau recorded a live set at the Bongo Club, Edinburgh, and in early 2008, released Live. In 2008, they appeared at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Festival and the Calgary Folk Festival.[3]

In 2009 they released the album Arc Light. In 2010, the group recorded and released a five-track EP, Evergreen, in collaboration with singer-songwriter Karine Polwart.

The band released their third album Race The Loser in 2012. They also appeared on the BBC's Later... with Jools Holland show in 2012 where they played the tune 'Torsa'.

John Parish produced album Midnight And Closedown in 2019.[4]


Studio albums[edit]


  • Evergreen (credited to Lau vs Karine Polwart, 2010)
  • Ghosts (credited to Lau vs Adem, 2011)


  • Decade (The Best Of 2007-2017) (2017)


Other appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ "BBC Folk Awards, 2008 winners". BBC. Retrieved 14 June 2008.
  3. ^ "Kris Drever". Kris Drever. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Lau – Midnight And Closedown". Folk Radio. Retrieved 21 February 2019.

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