Today we bring you Avocet’s debut album ‘Lend Your Garden’, the Scottish trio’s ‘wonderfully arranged, impeccably played, beautifully sung, global roots kissed, swinging folk gem’.
It is available on all streaming services (listen online here), or on CD – which can be ordered through our webshop.
Some lovely reviews have trickled in… find a selection below… . Big thanks also to 3VOOR12 for placing the album on their ‘Luisterpaal’, BBC Scotland for the airplay, and Celtic Music Radio and Cam Glen Radio Glasgow for ‘album of the week’ features!
‘I’m utterly captivated by the debut LP from Avocet. They’ve built on their enchanting 2018 Borrowed Seed EP with a wonderfully arranged, impeccably played, beautifully sung, global roots kissed, swinging folk gem for Mink Records. A genuinely stunning debut LP.’
– The Slow Music Movement
‘You can hear the same vibe in Avocet, pacey yet gentle, clarity of guitar and harp resonating together, knitting the music into a wonderful cloth (…) the great interplay between Iona and Sam is better than ever. Sam’s guitar work is clean, clear, precise, but full of soul and above all, under-stated. Nothing flashy, but very, very good.’
– Folk Radio
‘From a musical point of view it’s a feast of beautiful harp- and guitarwork, but the other musicians on the album contribute to a sound that keeps sounding slightly more out there than just ‘folky’ or ‘Celtic’ (…) Avocet’s music goes beyond the ‘folk’ genre somehow and manages to maintain the listeners attention.’
– Erwin Zijleman, de Krenten uit de Pop blog (NL)
‘It begins by laying out its influence on the jazzy folk blues circling guitar notes and puttering percussion of ‘Sell Me To The Wind’, Zajac inviting you on the musical journey (…) A Malian influence seeps into the breathily sung march beat title track, psychedelic guitar notes weaving across the hypnotic melody on a song addressing global conflicts and the desire to “be free from those fighting a war so separate from me” (…) Harp and guitar skimming across the underlying bassline like light reflecting off water, ‘Glarabi’ is an instrumental, the title of which may or may not be a variation on Gl’Arabi, a reference to a Sufi mystic. (…) Like the bird, the trio navigates the folk currents with dexterity and are ready to take flight.’
‘This is a band with something new and fresh to offer to the Folk scene of today, which is kind of ironic really, as they are so obviously influenced by Folk revivalists of the 60’s and 70’s. I think it’s the inclusion of the sparkling harp and Iona’s seductive vocals that set them apart from their peers and that’s not taking anything away from the other gifted musicians on the album, it just gives them that touch of stardust that others may lack. It’s a stunning debut recording that will captivate with it’s versatility and differing styles, from Psych Folk to Blues, to Jazz and all with a contemporary ambiance, a real must have if your looking for something to refresh your Folk collection.’
– Real Music Net
‘The album feels soft and calming, with a perfect mix of instruments. Zajac’s voice is just sublime.’
‘A wonderfully arranged, impeccably played, beautifully sung, global roots kissed, swinging folk gem for Mink Records. A genuinely stunning debut LP.’ – The Slow Movement
‘A must album for everyone’s collection.’ – Celtic Music Radio
We are very grateful for all the support so far and can’t wait to hear what you think.