365: Volume 1 is a truly exquisite double album of instrumental music composed by Scottish fiddler Aidan O’Rourke. He’s joined by Kit Downes on piano and harmonium.
365: Volume 1 was inspired by the short stories of James Robertson, one of Aidan O’Rourke’s favorite Scottish authors. Robertson wrote a short story each day for a year, and every story had exactly 365 words. Aidan O’Rourke decided to do something similar and composed a tune every day for 1 year, each one connected to a story from James’s collection.
Although the plan is to record all 365 tunes, 365: Volume 1 features the first set of highlights. The musicianship is superb. The wonderful music is rooted in Scottish folk music tradition, although Aidan O’Rourke goes beyond, incorporating classical and jazz elements.
The nicely-packaged two CD set includes a booklet with all the stories that inspired the recordings and the date they were composed.
The Best of Lau 2007-2017 is a great opportunity to discover the music of Lau, one of the finest British folk groups of the past decade. The trio’s inspiration draws from Scottish and English folk music as well as contemporary bluegrass and acoustic jams.
The album features a well-balanced mix of instrumentals and songs, with masterful accordion, fiddle and guitar work along with memorable songs.
The lineup includes Kris Drever on guitar and vocals; Martin Green on accordion, piano, electronics; and Aidan O’Rourke on fiddle.
The song selection was chosen by fans and band members so sit back and enjoy this outstanding band.
Lau is a trio made up of fiddler Aidan O’Rourke, accordion-player Martin Green and Kris Drever who plays guitar and sings in the group. Aidan Martin and Kris have considerable experience and finesse that gives them license to play with a rare freedom. Despite the traditional music definition, their combined efforts make something new: great musicians doing something more than just showing their skills.
Lau pull together their influences which span most of the UK from the west coast of Scotland up and across to Orkney and down to the east of England. The combination is a modern sound with all the depths of these traditions backing it up.
Their debut album Lightweights and Gentlemen came out in early 2007.