LAU/Isle of Mull, Oban, Isle of Arran, Stirling, Paisley/17, 18, 20, 21, 22 May

You’re playing a number of shows this coming week, including the likes of Mull, Arran and Oban. Do you get a kick out of playing the smaller, off-the-beaten-track venues?

Martin Green (accordian): Yes! We love it, and without getting too misty-eyed, these are the places the music comes from and it makes sense when you play it there. As a band we have a particular love of islands especially, and the smaller the better. And also Aidan’s family will come and may make us take drink.

How would you describe Lau’s music in three words?

Almost totally indescribable.

What’s the inspiration behind the name Lau?

It means fire or firelight. The word is an old word still in use in Orkney and Shetland.

Your traditional folk set-up is often associated with the more Celtic parts of the UK, and the islands etc. How well have you been received however in England and elsewhere across the world?

We seem to get great responses all over the world. The show seems to translate really well wherever we are. We have done a lot of gigs in Japan now and it’s going really well for us over there.

Your tour dates run up until the middle of December. Do you ever get worried your fingers will turn to mush?

No, the pain makes us strong.

You’re releasing an EP with Adem. How did his electronic nature fit in with Lau’s sound?

Adem is amazing and a real gent. I don’t think he really thinks about genre or about trying to make fusion music of two styles – he just does what makes sense to his unique ear. The results make a lot of sense to us, and hopefully to others too!

And finally, you won Best Group at the BBC Folk awards for three years running in recent times. But what do you make of the ‘fashionable folk’ acts doing the rounds these days such as Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling et al?

We say more folk for all, whatever flavour you prefer.


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