On Thursday we were at The De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill for a superb example of musicianship by Lau. We had previously seen them play at The Green Man Festival in 2013, on a sunny Sunday with festival goers dancing in the audience (see my YouTube channel video at: http://youtu.be/iKP0zWdplVc ). Lau hail partly from Scotland – in particular Orkney and Oban, and partly from East Anglia, their music is brilliantly performed and creative folk. To find out more about them take a look at their website Lau. Their performance is spell-binding – the music weaves around you and the intricacies of the composition leaves you wondering how the musicians know what each is going to do next. Fascinating and entrancing. The talk between the playing was friendly and humble – you felt like you were sitting with a group of friends chatting. I liked what Kris said about their song Save the Bees: that it was ‘dedicated to all the bees around the world, except the one that recently stung Martin’s wee girl’.
Lau were supported in Bexhill by Haiku Salut who were the winners of The Green Man Rising competition for a band to open the festival. A lovely trio playing what they describe as “Baroque-Pop-Folktronic-Something-or-Other”.
See Haiku Salut’s website for more information.
The De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill is an excellent venue for music performances – the acoustics in the hall are superb in my opinion, and the seating is good with the option for standing downstairs when seats are removed. The facilities for disabled and wheelchair users are good and there is a raised area at the back which gives a good view of the stage (plus somewhere handy to put your drink!). The staff are helpful and supportive. We saw The Decemberists here over a year ago, Marc Almond played here, and Adam Ant this year. One future performance we’re really looking forward to is John Grant here in March next year.
If you want to find out more about Folk in general – this website forfolkssake.com comes recommended by Lauren Laverne on 6Music. Curiously it doesn’t seem to have Lau on the list though, maybe I’m missing something…