New Release + Tour: LAYLAM


Four of folk’s finest, Eliza Carthy, Bella Hardy, Lucy Farrell and Kate Young,
have teamed up to form folk ‘super-group’ LAYLAM,
whose debut, self-titled album is released on 21st January via Eliza’s Hem Hem Records

Eliza explains: “This musical journey began through the joint efforts of the Sage Gateshead and Alan Bearman at King’s Place in London – Kathryn Tickell thought we would sound good together, and it turns out she was right. She later said that it hadn’t occurred to her that we were all women who played the violin and sang at once. Happy coincidence then, and one that is working well for our sound-tight harmonies and rhythms in voices and bows. And we had such a good time, and such nice tunes, that we thought we would make this album as an excuse to hang out some more. We played everything pretty much live in a room, with fancy bits added later and mistakes glossed over. Oliver Knight added ideas and hobnobs, made killer coffee and tried to work out how to make us sound alright. The word “Laylam” means “chorus”: a good reason to sing together in any setting. Often relating to birds…which we are. Join in then.”

The quartet will also be heading out on tour, later this month…

The David Hall, South Petherton – January 24th
Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan, Wales – 25th
Chipping Norton Theatre, Chipping Norton – 27th
The Musician, Leicester – 29th
The Firestation, Windsor – 30th
The Cornerstone, Didcot – 31st
Clair Hall, Haywards Heath – February 6th
Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham – 7th
Diss Corn Hall, Diss – 8th
Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington – 9th
Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham – 10th


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