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Kris Drever Band: If Wishes Were Horses

Folk at Kings Place
Music / Saturday, 20 May 2017 - 8:00pm / Hall Two
£16.50 | Savers £9.50*

To simply call Kris Drever ‘a folksinger’ would be like saying that Lau, the acclaimed band in which he also sings and plays, is ‘a Scottish folk trio’. Both true descriptions but reductive ones that only hint at the progressive joys contained in the music of each.

Kris Drever launches into 2016 with a brand new studio album If Wishes Were Horses (Reveal Records) and a supporting tour. With it he celebrates his first decade as an acclaimed solo artist and songwriter. The new 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).

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.

For the concert tour, alongside the new material from If Wishes Were Horses, Kris will revisit 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.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards: ‘Best Group’ with Lau 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 | Best Newcomer’ 2007

‘Kris Drever is a serious talent’ MOJO
The folk revival has a new standard bearer’ Q
‘Completely infectious’ ★★★★★ BBC Music
Utterly stunning’ fRoots
Immense yet ultra-supple sophistication, musician-ship of the first order... a breath of fresh air Songlines
Guitarist with that bravely experimental trio Lau, Drever has all the makings of a solo celebrity’ ★★★★ Guardian
‘Sets the standard for others to follow’ folkradio.co.uk

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