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Lau-Land Day – workshops and sessions


Lau-Land Day – workshops and sessions


Formed in Edinburgh Lau are three highly individual musicians – Martin Green (accordion and electronics), Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle, BBC Radio 2 Musician of The Year 2014) and singer-songwriter-guitarist Kris Drever – who have become one of Scottish music’s international success stories over the last decade.

Over three nights (Thu 27 – Sat 29 Nov) Lau present music that inspires them – from the upcoming songwriters support acts (Siobhan Wilson and Adam Holmes) through the exceptional truthful-soul of New York’s Joan As Police Woman (Fri 28) to Scottish folk legends Dick Gaughan and Capercaille (Sat 29). Lau-Land will culminate in an end of festival party featuring Anaïs Mitchell and other remarkable guests.

Kris Drever guitar workshop
Summerhall 2-3.30pm
Advanced accompaniment for traditional music
A chance for advanced guitar players to learn some of Kris Drever’s (Lau) approach to backing traditional music of Scotland and Ireland.
£10 / £8.50 Concessions

Aidan O’Rourke fiddle workshop (Advanced)
Summerhall 2-3.30pm
A rare opportunity to learn from Lau’s fiddler and BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year 2014.
Aidan will teach some tunes and focus on tone, phrasing and bowing.
£10 / £8.50 Concessions

Allan MacDonald 
Summerhall 4-5.30pm
learn tunes from the highland piping repertoire (advanced)
Legendary piper Allan MacDonald will teach and discuss tunes from the Highland bagpipe repertoire.
For advanced players of any instrument.
£10 / £8.50 Concessions

Lyric-writing with Anaïs Mitchell 
Summerhall 4-5pm
Widely recognised as one of the greatest song-writers of her generation, Folk-Award winner Anaïs is over from Amercia and visiting Lau-Land. She will discuss her song writing techniques with examples and a Q&A.
£10 / £8.50 Concessions

Traditional Music Session
Royal Dick Bar Summerhall 5-7pm
with Éamonn Coyne and Friends
(Free and open to all)

Lau-Lab (In partnership with Distil)
WITH DANIEL PADDEN (The One Ensemble, Volcano The Bear)
Summerhall 9 -10pm
As part of Lau-Land we have invited Scottish based musicians from a variety of backgrounds from traditional musicians to musical inventors at the forefront of Scotland’s electroacoustic scene to come and collaborate and learn from each other. The spirit in the Lau-Lab is one of experimentation and unpredictable results. This will culminate in a performance by the Lau-Lab improvisers orchestra. You are warmly invited to come and witness the results of these musical experiments, entry is free, this event will be followed directly by the festival club, so come and make a night of it.

Lau-Land Club
Anaïs mitchell, kris drever & Éamonn coyne, mystery juice, Martin Green
Summerhall 10pm ‘til late
Come and help Lau celebrate the end of Lau-Land at this aftershow club party extravaganza. Featuring: Anaïs Mitchell, Kris Drever and Éamonn Coyne, Edinburgh’s best band in the world: Mystery Juice, and Martin Green (solo electronic set). Also sessions, tunes and cocktail invention competition.
£5 Advance, £6 DOOR