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Kris Drever

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 launched into 2016 with a brand new studio album If Wishes Were Horses (Reveal Records) and a supporting sold out tour. With it he celebrated 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.

Helping Kris to realise this album are the renowned guitar genius Ian Carr, ace bassist Euan Burton and Admiral Fallow frontman Louis Abbott on drums and vocals.

Drever’s voice and guitar now form a part of the backbone of today’s contemporary roots and folk 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.

The new songs:

  • I DIDN’T TRY HARD ENOUGH
  • WHEN WE ROLL IN THE MORNING
  • CAPERNAUM
  • SHIPWRECKED
  • IF WISHES WERE HORSES
  • THE LONGEST DAY
  • WHEN THE SHOUTING IS OVER
  • DON’T TELL ME THAT (HUMAN NATURE)
  • HARD YEAR
  • FIVE PAST TWO
  • GOING TO THE NORTH

PRODUCED BY KRIS DREVER

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.

IF WISHES WERE HORSES TOUR 2016

AUGUST
25/8 Galloway Catstrand
26/8 Birmingham Kitchen Garden
27/8 Towersey Festival
28/8 Maldon Sunny Sailor

OCTOBER
14/10 Palma Spain Teatre Mar I Terra
15/10 Hepworth Hall
16/10 Biddulph Arts Centre
17/10 Nettlebed Folk Club
18/10 London St John at Bethnal Green
19/10 Hereford House Concert
20/10 Market Harborough Jubilee Hall
21/10 Sheffield Live At Sam's
22/10 Stirling Tolbooth
23/10 Banchory Woodend Barn

NOVEMBER
03/11 Shetland Bixter Hall
04/11 Shetland Carnegie Hall (SOLD OUT)
06/11 Orkney Kirkwall King St. Hall
09/11 Dublin Workmans Club
10/11 Cork Coughlans
12/11 Roscrea Leap Castle
13/11 Dundalk Spirit Store

"Kris Drever is a serious talent"
MOJO

“The folk revival has a new standard bearer”
Q

4 x winner Best Group with Lau
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

"Best Newcomer 2007"
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

"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 ****

"Sets the standard for others to follow"
Folkradio.co.uk

VIDEOS

I DIDN'T TRY HARD ENOUGH

When We Roll In The Morning Shrewsbury 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZwt_qnNNUo

If Wishes Were Horses Shrewsbury 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82qoGWmRzS0

When The Shouting Is Over
with Julie Fowlis Glasgow 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWQWlOJzfog&index=2&list=PL4ODJKvxhC3QSbCw1tMucqAre7Zwii3-L

Steel & Stone (Black Water)
Stroud 2016
https://youtu.be/E_SSBQbcmh4

Last Man Standing
with Boo Hewerdine 2015
https://youtu.be/cQCzxPHDcT8

Ghosts
House concert 2015
https://youtu.be/grimvfBJ1NA

The Isle of France
solo acoustic 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVN6HChOwy8

Farewell To Fuineray
solo electric 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=othyGT1VxKc

Capernaum
Blargras session with Karine Polwart and more 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEAu4e-yGbI

Mark The Hard Earth
with Eamonn Coyne Nottingham 2014
https://youtu.be/s_oOvza1CiU?list=PL4ODJKvxhC3QSbCw1tMucqAre7Zwii3-L

Beads & Feathers
with Eamonn Coyne London 2014
https://youtu.be/O5fsLSRHFW4

Capernaum
with Eamonn Coyne Nottingham 2014
https://youtu.be/UhjpimtllUk?list=PL4ODJKvxhC3QSbCw1tMucqAre7Zwii3-L

The Call & The Answer
with Eamonn Coyne & Bella Hardy 2012
https://youtu.be/DVJZfJ82NcI?list=PL4ODJKvxhC3TvsISRs1qoRGTEtnGoYwrB

with John Carty Edinburgh 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JIZCZEk7ak

Song For Yesterday Glasgow 2010
https://youtu.be/JzGth-NbRUE

Poorest Company
with Boo Hewerdine John McCusker Roddy Woomble
& Heidi Talbot 2009
https://youtu.be/FvicZxjCrWQ

Shady Grove Cambridge 2007
https://youtu.be/fzxxmDWf-Kg