Avocet’s smooth, bluesy vocals, melodious harp, double bass, and intricate guitar will lull you into a deep and blissful state before you even have the chance to say “Isn’t that the name of Bert Jansch’s eponymous 1979 album?” Inspired by both the British folk scene in the 1960’s/70’s, and raw blues, they create their own compositions and explore the boundaries between trad folk and world blues.
Having met through the traditional Scottish music scene at a young age, Glasgow based trio Avocet decided to combine forces. Sam’s finger picking guitar style is indeed reminiscent of Bert Jansch and Ali Farka Touré. Joining him are Herbie on double bass, and Iona, whose harp playing and distinctive vocals are best described as soothing and haunting at the same time.
Following their win at the DK Celtic Connections Festival they signed to Mink Records in 2017, travelling to the Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam to record their debut EP ‘Borrowed Seed’. They have been busy since, with festival performances and gigs across the country including support for Ralph McTell. With backing from the Bert Jansch Foundation they have released a new single, ‘Cheating Monday’, from their forthcoming album.