Named after the Orcadian word for natural light, contemporary Scottish folk trio Lau are in Ireland next week for a couple of shows. We asked accordion player Martin Green for the low down…
Who are you and where are you from?
Martin Green, Cambridge, England (now resident in Scotland)
Who are your favourite artists from your hometown?
What’s it really like touring?
Purgatory in a Travelodge interspersed with massive hits of euphoria and the constant discovery of remarkable humans.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
Love the Black Box in Belfast, The Brudnell in Leeds, and Whelan’s in Dublin – all great venues in brilliant, exciting towns.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
Bob Marley, Aphex Twin, Kilfenora Ceili Band (in the order).
Tell us a tour story…
I once won a roller disco competition and got a Madness single as a prize. I was six.
What has been your biggest achievement of the last year?
We were Jack Bruce’s backing band for a brief moment, that was pretty rocking.
What do you do to relax?
Stay in a Travelodge on the M6.
What are you reading?
Kafka On The Shore (Murakami), interspersed with chapters of Harry Potter to my son. It’s a good mash up.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
Mad Men series 5 (we move slow out here in the country).
What’s the last thing you bought online?
A right-angle USB cable, so it will fit in my equipment rack. You did ask.
Who would you most like to collaborate with if you got the chance?
What is the worst cover you’ve ever performed?
Alternative words to ‘Take On Me’ by A-Ha, and I’m not telling you what they are.
Have you ever trashed your equipment? When and why?
Not on purpose, budget airlines do that for me.
Who’s a new artist that you are most excited about?
Rachel Sermanni is making great music and will do big things I’m sure.
What was the last great gig you went to?
The Low Anthem, saw them three times in the last year, brilliant.
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
Some new stuff from Race The Loser that we are really excited by and some older stuff we are still excited by.
Lau play Whelan’s on October 26th and Sligo Live on 27th.