The Musician Pub
ALSO playing Mike & Solveig
Lavinia Blackwall is well known for her previous work in Trembling Bells, who released seven albums, all met with critical acclaim. She has also worked as a performer and arranger with Nick Garrie, Kaleidoscope, Mike Heron and Bonnie Prince Billy.
Her new solo material is a rich tapestry of lyrical melodies and beautifully arranged song smithery ably accompanied by the talents of Marco Rea ( The Wellgreen, Euros Childs) and Jim McGoldrick (The Wellgreen) and Seb Jonsen (Helicon and The Tomorrow Syndicate).
Her new single ‘Waiting for Tomorrow’ is available for pre-order and her debut album is due for release in 2019.
Support with Kevin Hewick who for his last album Music In Leicester said
Driven by love. Driven by Hate.
Seventeen unforgettable tracks on this must have album are essential listening for Leicester music aficionados. The CD comes in a wallet with an eleven page pull-out booklet giving the lyrics to all the songs. The tracks include many well-known Leicester musicians. Mastered at Deadline Studios, the recordings were made in 2016/17. The album itself came out in 2017. It is, in my view (I nearly said without a doubt) one of the finest records ever made by a Leicester musician and singer. There are some really captivating and compelling songs on this record.
Justified praise indeed.
“Mike & Solveig[‘s] 2015 album “Here Comes Today” is an understated joy” – Jon Dale, Uncut, March 2018
“[Mike & Solveig] have been key players in the Glasgow psych-folk scene for the past decade or so. […] Mike’s intricate fingerpicked guitar interweaves with Solveig’s sliding fiddle lines in finely-crafted tales recalling the best of the Scottish folk tradition.”
– Celtic Music Radio, Glasgow http://www.celticmusicradio.net/ceol-s-craic-monday-4-may/ )
Mike & Solveig’s music can be characterised as experimental folk. They started out as a duo in 2006, and are still busy playing and composing original songs and instrumentals reminiscent of The Incredible String Band, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Moondog, Syd Barrett, Bert Jansch, Ivor Cutler, Michael Hurley etc. They are both experienced musicians that have been part of the Glasgow music scene for the last 17 years or so. Mike Hastings sings and plays guitar, banjo and strumstick, and Solveig Askvik sings and plays the fiddle and glockenspiel.
Mike is a full-time musician playing in a few different bands. His main band has been the psychedelic rock band The Trembling Bells. He also plays in the band of Mike Heron, who is one of the founders of The Incredible String Band. Solveig was previously also part of this band, but in 2011 she moved back to Bergen in Norway. She now once again resides in Glasgow and keeps busy playing gigs and composing new tunes with Mike and other musicians in Glasgow. Mike has also played in the bands of Scott Fagan, Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy) and Peter Daltrey from Kaleidoscope (UK).