The Bell That Never Rang
Although the two groups come from very different musical worlds, Lau and Elysian Quartet have common ground in their love for exploration and experimentation. This piece is a celebration of Glasgow; the title refers to the verse attached to Glasgow’s coat of arms and relates to the deeds of St Mungo.
"We are delighted to get the chance to make this music. We felt we have found kindred spirits in The Elysian Quartet, another band with a lust to create new sounds. As composers, this is one of the most exciting musical opportunities we could hope for, we can't wait to get writing." Lau
"Lau are flying a flag for modern Scottish music at present, and we wanted to team them up with a modern classical group on a similar footing. The Elysian Quartet were a perfect fit for this, open-minded and well versed in collaboration. We feel sure this meeting will result in a genuinely unique piece of new music." Celtic Connections Festival
Lau are modern folk music's most innovative band. Brilliant musicians, thrilling performers and free-thinking visionaries.
Their new album 'Race The Loser' (out on Reveal Records October 1st) was recorded with American producer Tucker Martine (Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists, R.E.M., Laura Veirs) in Scotland throughout the Spring of 2012.
‘Race The Loser’ pushes Lau’s complex, yet accessible sound, even further to the outer reaches of folk music whilst retaining all the strengths of the original acoustic trio (Kris Drever Vocals/Guitar, Martin Green Accordion, Aidan O’Rourke Fiddle).
In 2007 their debut album 'Lightweights and Gentlemen' mixed original tunes with inspired arrangements of traditional material and rocketed Lau to the fore of the burgeoning new folk scene, soon followed by a staggering onslaught of awards that includes an unprecedented three consecutive wins as Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Having dramatically cemented their reputation as a blistering stage act, Lau followed their debut with the much loved 'Lau Live' album just a year later and in 2009 came the equally acclaimed 'Arc Light ' with a grander setting that produced a heavily played single 'Winter Moon' and an invitation from Mojo Magazine to cover The Beatles 'Dear Prudence' for their 'White Album' celebrations.
Cue more awards, triumphant international touring, a proud catalogue of stomping festival appearances, splinter bands, solo recordings and a string of intriguing recent collaborations with rock legend Jack Bruce (Cream) Karine Polwart, Adem and a vast new orchestral work 'Strange Attractors' with composer Brian Irvine and The Northern Sinfonia.
‘Race The Loser’ features Lau’s best, most universal and significant music yet, the sound of three exceptionally talented friends embracing with open arms yet another new chapter of what has already been an extraordinary musical journey.
About Celtic Connections
Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. Musicians from around the world descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events.
Celtic Connections is programmed by Artistic Director (and founding member of Celtic supergroup Capercaillie) Donald Shaw, and features more than 300 events across multiple genres of music. The festival is renowned for its strong spirit of collaboration, bringing together one-off line-ups for very special one night only collaborative shows. The camaraderie between musicians continues into the wee small hours at the late-night Festival Club – home of legendary musical collaborations and spontaneous sessions.
The press says:
'A case of two musical worlds colliding and meshing was folk trio Lau's The Bell That Never Rang created with the Elysian String Quartet [...] gritty, complex textures [...] there was something peculiarly moving about the classically-trained string players grinding against O'Rourke's viscerally intuitive folk fiddling, a momentary melding otherness [...]. Organised jamming [...], but with a brain and a heart.' BBC Music Magazine
The performance of 'The Bell That Never Rang' will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 9 August 2014 and will be available as a digital download in MP3 and FLAC formats here on 18 August 2014.