Kris Drever – Thursday 20 October 2016
“Kris Drever is a serious talent”. MOJO
“The folk revival has a new standard bearer”. Q
4 x winner Best Group with Lau BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
‘Best Newcomer 2007’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Kris Drever celebrates his first decade as an acclaimed solo artist and songwriter with a brand new studio album and a supporting tour. The album is his first for six years (during which time his band Lau have established themselves as the most widely acclaimed and musically progressive trio in British folk music).
The album If Wishes Were Horses is a collection of semi-biographical songs covering the universal, and not so universal, themes of education, politics, sex, love, ennui, self-employment, social migration and Shetland. Drever’s recent outpouring of songs stems from a move back to the Northern Isles, Shetland this time rather than his native Orkney and the discovery of new lyrical voices to describe his life, times and wild new surroundings.
We are very pleased the renowned guitar genius Ian Carr will be joining Kris on stage when he comes to Market Harborough – this is a real treat for us Ian is a fantastic artist in his own right and Kris cites him as one of his major guitar influences – watch them both in action below:
Drever’s voice and guitar is a part of the backbone of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene. Hugely admired as a solo artist, collaborator, and member of folk superstars Lau, he is a phenomenal and prolific artist. Drever has already played alongside Kate Rusby, Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart, Jack Bruce, Bela Fleck, Tinariwen, Joan As Police Woman, Jerry Douglas, Danny Thompson, Tim O’Brien, Shawn Colvin, Phil Cunningham, Rosanne Cash, Roddy Woomble, Eddi Reader and many more.
Alongside the new material from If Wishes Were Horses, Kris will revist old songs from across his back catalogue playing many outside of the recording studio for the first time. Fans can get involved by posting, on his Facebook page, old songs they would like to hear; Kris will then pick from those selections.
‘Completely infectious’ BBC Music *****
‘Utterly stunning’ fRoots
‘Immense yet ultra-supple sophistication, musicianship of the first order.. a breath of fresh air’ Songlines
Guitarist with that bravely experimental trio Lau, Kris Drever has all the makings of a solo celebrity The Guardian ****
‘Sets the standard for others to follow’ Folkradio.co.uk