Kris DreverSun 12th May 2019
Kris Drever’s voice and guitar forms part of the backbone of today’s contemporary roots 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 Jack Bruce, Bela Fleck, Tinariwen, Joan As Police Woman, Jerry Douglas, Danny Thompson, Tim O’Brien, Sarah Jarosz, Shawn Colvin, Phil Cunningham, Rosanne Cash, Roddy Woomble, Eddi Reader, Adem, Kate Rusby, Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart and many more.
Kris will be playing material from across his career plus some songs never before played live.
‘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
plus support Katie Spencer
Every once in a while, we are blessed with a singer who is quite simply born to write and perform exquisite songs with confident, gentle assurance. Based in the UK, Katie Spencer is a progressive-folk singer songwriter and guitarist inspired by the people and her surroundings in the Yorkshire countryside. Spencer has gigged extensively in the past three years both headlining and supporting established artists - most recently opening shows for Ralph McTell, Bridget St John, Michael Chapman, Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) and Martin Stephenson & The Daintees. She has also received radio play from the likes of Iain Anderson – BBC Radio Scotland, and BBC Introducing.
The Spring of 2019 will see Katie embarking on a UK tour, in celebration of her debut full-length album ‘Weather Beaten’ to be released on 1st March 2019. Included in her tour will be a very special date for Celtic Connections at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, an evening dedicated to the powerful legacy of John Martyn.
Her debut studio release ‘Good Morning Sky’ was released in May 2017 and saw Katie working with a number of outstanding musicians, namely the late Ted McKenna (Rory Gallagher, SAHB) and Foss Paterson (John Martyn, Jethro Tull). Recorded in Glasgow, the atmosphere of the Mini-Album “recalls some of the essence of [John] Martyn's best music. The songs are treated to a delicate and mature guitar style to go with her distinctively graceful voice”, Northern Sky Magazine.
“Katie’s guitar playing has echoes of my dear friend the late great Bert Jansch. Like a musical weaver she threads her poetic lyrics through the guitar’s strings and produces little tapestries of song.” – Ralph McTell
“Haunting, escapist and moving…” - Three Chords and The Truth