Kris Drever - If Wishes Were Horses

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(April 2016)

11 Tracks: 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.

A stunning album of eleven songs from Scotland's multi award winning singer/songwriter guitarist Kris Drever.

Kris Drever celebrates his first decade as an acclaimed solo artist and songwriter with this album release.

The 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.

Kris Drever (guitar, vocals), Carr (guitar), Euan Burton (bass), Louis Abbott (drums, vocals).

It's no coincidence that throughout this review If Wishes Were Horses has been compared to the works of some lauded singer-songwriters, Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, Josh Rouse and Ron Sexsmith. This latest release is a triumph that confirms Kris Drever's place among the best of the best. It's not a solo album made while taking time out from LAU, in terms of songwriting this is the most mature and dazzling thing that Kris has produced so far. As a celebration of ten years as a solo artist, it's not looking back to the past but looking forward to an assured future. One to savour." Peter Shaw, Folkradio uk.

"Kris Drever is a serious talent" - MOJO.

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