Avocet is a musical trio from Scotland, based in Glasgow. Drawing inspiration from both the psychedelic folk scene alive in Britain during the 1960’s and 70’s, and free form blues, they create their own compositions on harp, guitar, double bass and vocals. Their music has been compared to that of artists like like Nick Drake, Pentangle, and John Martyn.
Signed to Mink Records in 2017, they travelled to the Netherlands to record their debut record at the Abbey Road Institute in Amsterdam. Avocet have performed on BBC Scotland, and at an array of festivals and venues including Celtic Connections and Eden Festival. They were the Danny Kyle Celtic Connections Award winners in 2017.
The trio released their debut single ‘Causeway’ on January 26th, 2018. The track received critical acclaim from platforms like Folk Radio U.K., and was placed in a number of Spotify playlists. Their full debut record ‘Borrowed Seed’ was released on May 23rd, 2018, at The Poetry Club in Glasgow. Folk Radio UK said: ‘Listening to the album several times I find I am picking out different sounds, different things each time, building up a rich image to match’. The trio played an array of festivals and venues following their release, including Eden Festival, Celtic Connections, The Hug and Pint, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Teviot, Nova Scotia Folk Club, Fyne Festival and Sofar Sounds Edinburgh.
December 19th, 2018 saw the release of Avocet’s double single featuring the tracks ‘Cheating Monday’ and ‘Sirens’.
Over the summer of 2019, Avocet began recording their second record, which will be released early 2020.
‘You can hear them stretching a bit further on this single, particularly with Cheating Monday, a clear venture into more jazz-inspired tones (…) exploring the lack of boundaries between blues, folk and jazz, is of a noble heritage. Avocet are pushing this heritage forward in exciting and imaginative ways that deserve more than just a passing hearing. Stop and listen.’ – Folk Radio U.K.
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