Oct 23 2022

Lau Unplugged

Wednesday 19th October 2022

Photos by Keith Belcher

They finally made it! After three (or was it four?!) postponements owing to the Covid pandemic, the mighty Lau made it to Saltaire. And boy, was it worth it! Divided into two sets, the first consisted of the boys in conventional, three across the front of stage mode, to deliver their own ‘support set’ as Martin put it, and they sounded superb.

However, the second set really set the senses alive, with the band stringing together a ‘retrospective suite’ of songs and tunes that segued into one another and lasted for over an hour. Not only that, but they moved between various microphones, used an old cassette player and even used some home made digital samplers to create an audio ‘semaphore’ display! It really was an astonishing performance of innovation, slight madness and utter beauty. They are truly unique.

Video by Keith Belcher

Noltland Castle and Midnight Feast by Lal Waterson

4 thoughts on “Lau Unplugged

  1. We will never ever forget this night. We have seen them many times, and in different guises at Celtic Connections. They are just so together and bring the skills they all have to the ‘party’. Somehow they seem to leave their ‘egos at the door’ as Jerry Douglas once said.

    1. Thanks both, it was an amazing show from them. They never cease to come up with new ideas and ways to communicate!

  2. Hi Hilary

    A belated thank you for saving a seat for Vanessa at the Lau concert. It was the first time that we had seen them live, and the venue was perfect for their music. We will return.

    The concert was unforgettable for us in so many ways; a reminder of ten happy years living in Scotland and the gorgeous soundscape that is Lau’s music made more vivid live on stage.

    Keep up the great work in maintaining and developing what is a really atmospheric venue for live music

    Best wishes

    David & Vanessa

    1. Hi both,

      Many thanks for coming along to the show and your kind comments. We look look foward to seeing you again!

      Best wishes

      Ron & Hilary

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