Folklore presents… John Lawrence (Ex Gorkys Zygotic Mynci) + Laish
“Lawrence emerges as a 21st Century troubadour of the highest calibre”; “Former Gorky’s guitarist scales dizzy heights of semi-acoustic excellence” – Mojo Magazine
Lawrence inhabits a stylistic spectrum that has jazz man Stanley Jordan at one end, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi at the other with John Martyn in the middle” – Sunday Telegraph
Stylistically it’s like a lost, vintage CSNY album, with aching pedal steel, dense acoustic guitars and heart-rending, uplifting vocals and harmonies. “Rainy Night” conveys the atmosphere of living in one of the wettest areas of the British Isles, -Uncut
John Lawrence, a founding member of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, with four critically acclaimed solo albums under his belt, is also one of Wales’ leading record producers as well as busy live sound engineer. He writes a diverse range of music, cohesive in its timelessness, seamlessly blending classic rock, folk, blues, funk and jazzy genres, whilst somehow keeping its feet firmly on the ground.
Recording alone in his studio, based in the remote Welsh mountains, John has a unique approach to orchestrating the sound of a full band. Layering all the instruments himself, allows him to create more intricate arrangements, and express his creativity and vision through his multi instrumental talents. Inspired by the fabulous dark sky views of the heavens above the rugged landscape, attuned to the magic of existence, John likes to push himself musically with an holistic approach to production, that translates into incredibly beautiful, boundary transcending music.
Highly melodic, his solo acoustic live set stands out, with a mature and percussive guitar style and a broad minded approach to the singer songwriter form.
“Beguiling songs of love and fasting.” – Mojo
Laish is the songwriting project of Daniel Green, a Yorkshire-born singer guitarist who has made London his home.
His twenties were spent as an integral member of the Willkommen Collective, a group of songwriters and musicians based in Brighton who embodied the recent revival of acoustic music. Under the Laish moniker, and with an ever-evolving group of musicians, Green produced two critically acclaimed albums and toured extensively across the UK and Europe.
He is currently producing a new all-star cast album at Dave Gerard’s studio in London.
He has supported and shared stages with renowned artists including Grizzly Bear, Beach House, Jason Lytle, Peggy Sue, David Thomas Broughton and The Leisure Society.
“This is warm, heartfelt and uplifting stuff” – The Crack
“Daniel Green entertainingly plays frontman and proves an exceptional storyteller. Rousing and reflective, pensive and philosophical, Laish hypnotize the listener with a dazzling array of sound and lyrics.” Folkgeek