Lau frontman to perform Shrewsbury gig

Kris Drever from the folk band Lau will perform a solo gig in Shrewsbury in May, Shropshire Roots organisers have confirmed.

He will play at The Hive in Belmont, Shrewsbury, on May 4, for the event organised by the partnership between Shrewsbury Folk Festival and musician and sound engineer Izzy MacLachlan.

Kris is well known to Shropshire audiences, having previously appeared at Shrewsbury Folk Festival. A Lau performance at the August Bank Holiday event in 2012 had standing crowds only outside the marquee. Lau is one of the headliners for this year's festival and is currently celebrating its fifth nomination for Best Group in the BBC Folk Awards

He is currently touring as a duo with Treacherous Orchestra frontman Eamonn Coyne and is a founding member of Session A9, which has also performed at the Shrewsbury event.

Alan Surtees, festival director, said: “Kris is an amazing talent so we are delighted to be able to bring him to Shrewsbury to perform in his own right. It will be a great gig in an intimate location and one not to be missed.”

Other Shropshire Roots gigs are Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, twice winners of the BBC Folk Awards Best Duo title, at The Hive (note change of venue from previously advertised) on February 2 (£13); Jack Harris at The Hive on March 2 (£10); and Patsy Reid & Friends at The Hive on April 27 (£12).

Tickets for all concerts and venues, are available from The Hive on 01743 234970 or For more information or

February 2, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan at The Hive

No strangers to Shrewsbury, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan are one of the most accomplished folk duos in the UK. Their presentation of songs and music puts them in a rare position of few musicians who are truly accomplished at both and never fail to amaze and impress. Tickets are £13.

“The sheer abundance of distilled poetry on display is inspiring. And when it unravels in such a moving lyrical way, such as this, it will remain in the audience’s minds for a long time.” - Spiral Earth

March 2, Jack Harris at The Hive

Since his stellar performance at Shrewsbury Folk Festival two years ago, Jack has gone from strength to strength with new material and a portfolio of concert venues that include the Houses of Parliament and a EFDSS creative artists’ residency at Cecil Sharp House. He will be supported by local singer songwriter Rob Dunsford. Tickets are £10.

“A lyricist of great descriptive precision and a flare for revealing observation… As good a collection of songs as will be heard all year” Folk Music Radio

April 27, Patsy Reid & Friends at The Hive

Only two years after leaving the brilliant and loud Breabach, Patsy Reid has become the most in-demand traditional fiddle player in the UK. She hasn’t stopped working. As well as playing in Shrewsbury with the superb VAMM, she has played with The Unusual Suspects and The True North Orchestra and accompanied Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman on tour.  She was also part of the acclaimed Cecil Sharp Project, which was a Shrewsbury Folk Festival project. Tickets are £12.

May 4, Kris Drever at The Hive

Kris Drever grew up on Orkney with a voice to die for and a sense of musicianship rarely equalled in folk music or any other genre. He came to prominence with the release of his 2006 album Black Water, and was named as BBC Folk Awards Best Newcomer the following year. He is a founding member of Session A9, has been a member of Kate Rusby’s band and has worked with contemporary folk artists including Donald Shaw, Julie Fowlis and Eddi Reader. Kris also collaborated with fellow Scots John McCusker and Roddy Woomble (Idlewild). As Lau, with Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) and Martin Green (accordion), Kris has cemented his position as one of the top musicians of his generation. Tickets are £13.


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