Sam Grassie 2018

Edinburgh, Direct: Recording the second single for his band Avocet


Taking their name from Bert Jansch’s 1975 instrumental album, Glasgow based trio Avocet is delighted to be working with the Bert Jansch Foundation.

Following the release of their first EP ‘Borrowed Seed’ (Mink Records), recorded at the Abbey Road Institute in Amsterdam by Michiel Mutsaerts and Dieter Boels in 2017, Avocet members have continued to develop their unique blend of folk and blues.

The group was formed in 2015 by Iona Zajac (Clarsach, Vocals), Sam Grassie (acoustic guitar) and Herbie Loening (double bass). They have enjoyed gigging throughout Scotland in folk clubs and on the festival circuit. From sold out shows in the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 to supporting Ralph McTell at Glasgow City Halls the group is set to progress to the over-ground folk scene. As Folk Radio UK described, ‘[Avocet] may be modern but the roots of this sound lay far back in time.’

The trio have a wealth of original material ready to be recorded, and with the support of the Bert Jansch foundation plan to release their next single in winter 2018.

Sam writes

We have received the welcome award from the Bert Jansch Foundation We will be announcing the project this week. Avocet has recorded the two singles Sirens Call and Cheating and are proceeding to the mastering stage.

We have our label helping us promote these singles however any contacts you may have would be most appreciated. A tour is being planned for April/May 2019 if there are any promoters or bookers *U.K and beyond* that you could pass our music to we would be very grateful. We will soon have an electronic press kit with the singles to send to promoters.  

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