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Award-winning folk band Lau chat to Vibe ahead of Blackheath gig
CRITICALLY-acclaimed folk band Lau can’t wait to unleash their live show when they head to Blackheath Halls on November 16 as part of their UK tour.
The three-piece’s accordion and piano player Martin Green told Vibe the band is looking forward to getting on the road again.
He said: “I think live is where the band exists. It’s a fundamentally live band, although we enjoy making records.
“It’s all different live. Different things happen every night.
“It is certainly at its most exciting when you see it in the flesh.”
That is quite a statement from a band whose innovative studio albums and EPs have been so well received. On three occasions, Lau have taken home Best Group at the BBC Folk Awards.
Though the purists love Lau, Martin, 36, said the shows are accessible and that their audience has changed since the pop-folk explosion of the likes of Mumford and Sons.
He said: “You tend to see younger people coming to the gigs but also there seems to be a more general interest in folk music.”
Far from being derisory to the genre’s poppier elements, Martin – who has been a folky all his life, learning the accordion aged nine - is welcoming.
He said: “I’m all for it. Mumford and Sons is not a band I put on my stereo but I’m glad they exist.
“If it leads to more people listening to folk music, that’s great. What it definitely does is lead more people to playing their own music.”
He added: “As folkies, if we don’t encourage everyone then we’re foolish. It’s great for everyone.”
Lau play Blackheath Halls on Saturday, November 16. Tickets cost £18 or £16 from trinitylaban.ac.uk
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