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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 10 November 2012
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re pleased to be working with Lau for the first time.

Modern folk music’s most innovative band Lau return with their third album, Race The Loser, on 1 October via Reveal Records. The trio’s captivating live and studio performances have seen Lau pick up three consecutive BBC Folk Awards for Best Group.

Race The Loser was made in Scotland with American producer Tucker Martine (Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists, Laura Veirs, REM) and pushes Lau’s complex yet accessible sound even further to the outer reaches of folk music, while retaining all the strengths of the original acoustic trio (Kris Drever – vocals/guitar, Martin Green – accordion, Aidan O’Rourke – fiddle).

The band have spent the two and half years since the critical and commercial success of their Arc Light album, collaborating on a variety of special projects including EPs with electronic producer Adem and Scottish singer Karine Polwart, and a live show and documentary for the BBC with rock legend, Cream bassist Jack Bruce. In addition Lau wrote a vast new orchestral piece, Strange Attractors, with composer Brian Irvine, which debuted at The Sage, Gateshead in 2011, performed by Lau and the Northern Sinfonia. These collaborations have added much to Race The Loser’s sonic quality, electronic explorations and original songwriting.

Famed for their incredible live concerts, the band have been asked to curate their own mini festival, Welcome To Lau-Land, at London’s Kings Place in October. The festival will feature musical friends and influences such as Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick as well as Mercury Prize nominees King Creosote and Jon Hopkins.

Race The Loser features Lau’s best, most universal and significant music yet – the sound of three free-thinking, exceptionally talented friends embracing with open arms yet another new chapter of what has already been an extraordinary musical journey.

‘One of the most exciting live acts in any genre, Lau are to be cherished’ – The Arts Desk

‘Lau has injected a freshness, vitality, vigour into the UK folk scene’ – BBC

Manchester’s own Samson & Delilah provide support for this show, performing for one show only as a stripped-back duo. The band released their latest album, And Straight On Till Morning, on Little Red Rabbit Records last January.

‘Psych folk lives on. It’s a brave fusion with melodies as sturdy as great hymns and bold production work. This should be a band to watch’ – The Guardian

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