K-CITY MUSIC TUESDAYS
Tuesday 29 May 8pm
Gulbenkian Café Bar
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Horizon Award Winner
This month at the K-City Music Tuesday in the Gulbenkian Café Bar there’s a chance to catch breakthrough singer and guitarist Kris Drever who will be performing songs from his stunning debut solo album - Black Water.
Over the course of his career to date, Kris has featured in performance and on recordings with artists including Fine Friday, Session A9, Celtic Fusion, Lau, Parallelogram, Julie Fowlis, Kate Rusby and John McCusker.
Kris says “I like either to do songs that haven't been covered much before, or folky standards that are open to a different interpretation. I try to steer clear of that kind of typical folk-singer sound, and put my own mark on things.”
"Huge abilities on guitar and a highly evolved contemporary singing style" Scotland on Sunday
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Kris Drever is the son of singer-songwriter Ivan Drever, formerly lead vocalist with Celtic rock supremos Wolfstone. Having self-confessedly spent his adolescence listening to Metallica and Pantera, meanwhile learning the guitar and ruining other people's sessions at the Orkney Folk Festival by playing all the wrong chords, he left home for the mainland at seventeen, eventually gravitating towards Edinburgh's burgeoning session scene. The Tron Ceilidh House was then, in the latter 1990s, the place to be, a haven for musicians from across all manner of genres, and Kris was soon playing there several nights a week.
Having temporarily switched instruments to the double bass, he subsequently returned to the guitar and began honing the style - a highly individual blend of rhythm and harmony, folk, jazz, rock and country inflections - that now finds him in near-constant demand as a session player. In late 2000, Kris began sitting in at the weekly session at Sandy Bell's, Edinburgh's most famous folk pub alongside the regular co-hosts Nuala Kennedy, from Dundalk, on flute and whistles, and Edinburgh-born fiddler Anna-Wendy Stevenson. As Kris said, "A guitar's like a portable piano, in terms of its range. I like to try always to use interesting colours in the chords and harmonies I play, rather than just doing the obvious. We do a lot of mid-tempo stuff, nothing totally hell-for-leather, so we can really make the arrangements count." From this collaboration grew the highly acclaimed trio "Fine Friday" which went on to tour in the UK, Europe and Australia. The band recorded two CDs on the Foot Stompin' label before the three went their separate ways to concentrate on individual projects.
Kris's earlier live and recorded work includes collaborations with Cathy Ryan of Irish-American supergroup Cherish the Ladies, Scottish fiddlers John McCusker and Bruce MacGregor, Irish accordionist Leo McCann and Gaelic band Tannas, as well as tours of the US and South America with the Irish dance show Celtic Fusion.
More recently, Kris has increasingly been attracting plaudits for his singing as well as his playing, with his warm, soulfully resonant vocals featuring in five of the thirteen tracks on Fine Friday's debut album. His choice of songs ranges from the traditional Cold Blow and the Rainy Night to Steve Tilston's Slip-Jigs and Reels; from Boo Hewerdine's Hummingbird to the classic Scots ballad The Selkie. I like either to do songs that haven't been covered much before, he says, or folky standards that are open to a different interpretation. I try to steer clear of that kind of typical folk-singer sound, and put my own mark on things. Kris also plays with The Kate Rusby Band and Session A9.
In 2005 joined forces with Aidan O'Rourke
and Martin Green to form the trio LAU.
You can also hear Kris's excellent playing and singing on the Fine Friday CDs "Gone Dancing" and "Mowing the Machair".
Which brings you up to date and Kris ' debut solo album: "BLACK WATER" .
The album which was produced by John McCusker and features Kris with friends Ewen Vernal, Kate Rusby, Donald Shaw, Andy Seward, Andy Cutting, Roddy Woomble and Eddi Reader.