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Laish is the name for Danny Green’s songs. Danny is known for honest, self-reflective songs and stunning live performances. Danny possesses a distinctive, plaintive tenor which is deep, richly textured and affecting. Gentle fingerpicked acoustic ballads and robust art rock jams about relationships failed and survived.
The third album, Pendulum Swing, is out now via Talitres.
Currently based in London, Danny Laish has had an impressive independent career performing both solo and with a full band. Prominent shows include some of the UK’s most prestigious venues: The Union Chapel, The Roundhouse, Barbican, St Pancras Old Church and Kings Place. Laish have toured extensively across UK and Europe and released two critically acclaimed albums. Festival performances at End of the Road, Larmer Tree, Burning Eagle, Cambridge Folk and Smugglers, and shared stages with Grizzly Bear, Beach House, Richard Dawson, Martha Wainwright, Rozi Plain, Wave Pictures, Júníus Meyvant and Jason Lytle.
Radio support from BBC DJs Steve Lamacq,The Late Junction, Marc Riley, Dermot O’Leary, Tom Ravenscroft, Gideon Coe, Chris Hawkins, Bethan Elfyn, Don Letts, and Roddy Hart. Also Dani Charlton at Amazing Radio, Chris T-T at Totally Radio, The Waiting Room and L’Attimo Fuggente.
In 2014, Danny started We Come Alive, a regular night in London and a cover song project involving contributions from many excellent contemporaries including Ezra Furman and David Thomas Broughton. Laish was also previously an integral member of the legendary group of songwriters in Brighton, the Willkommen Collective.
Response to Laish, 2016
- “I just thought this is a great pop record.” Steve Lamacq, BBC 6Music
- “Beautiful and hypnotic” Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music
- “Favourite new song of the week – now with great 70s retro video. Super catchy, there’s a lot going on there, making for a really interesting and sophisticated and splendid new discovery.”” Chris Hawkins BBC 6 Music
- “This is warm, heartfelt and uplifting stuff.” – The Crack
- “Beguling songs of love” – Mojo
- “This is real, beautiful, honest, gracious and just plain wonderful music. 9/10” – The Blue Walrus
- “Bouncy pop numbers with a gentle wink, and just general melodic gorgeousness, distributed across 4 lovely new tracks. Laish have a way with harmony and arrangement that is difficult to resist, and a mastery of phrase which will stay with you – a lyric in one of their tracks remains one of my all-time favourites.” Dani Charlton, Amazing Radio
- ” Simultaneously sophisticated, poppy, simple at times, experimental at others, Song For Everything is like a tasting plate of all of Laish’s best abilities, honed and carefully fashioned over his prolific career.” – For Folks Sake
- “I really love it! Every track is golden.” Chris T-T, Totally Radio
- “This is without a doubt one of the best songs released so far this year and now it has the best video.” Southcoasting
- “I was pulled in with the first listen, it is indeed a heartfelt track that will capture your attention at the first few notes” – Indieminded
- “Here is a musician that wants to provide grace, beauty and memorability. Laish seems to get stronger and more ambitious with every new release.”- Music Musings and Such
- “Song For Everything is a beautifully composed song that speaks of heartfelt emotion” – Never Enough Notes
- “A fantastic musical discovery. With some lovely strings and Danny’s captivating vocal, the track is great and it is refreshing also to find a fun music video that I happily sat and watched from start to finish – doesn’t happen a lot anymore” – Cool Music and Things
- “It’s a warm, evocative return” – Clash
- “We think the new album is set to be their most promising to date” – Folk Radio UK
- “A tender, introspective and thoughtful track” – Glasswerk
- “A heartfelt declaration of hope for a lasting love, imbued with an awareness of the flaws inherent in relationships, it’s a deep, richly textured and affecting listen” – Music Existence
- “Danny delivers a linear vocal melody over a dreamy backing of strings and arpeggio guitars with his distinctive plaintive tenor which is deep, richly textured and affecting” – Music Won’t Save You
- “An impressive independent career” – Pop Loving Tarts
- “Just listen to this song and you’ll be immediately struck by Green’s heartfelt lyrics and the distant yet warm melodies. It has the striking qualities of Phosphorescent’s masterful Song for Zula and Glen Hansard’s immense discography” – The Revue
- “It’s got a perfect spring feel to it, with its balance between melancholy and upbeat the perfect recipe for emerging out of the colder winter month” – Brighton’s Finest
- “Danny Green entertainingly plays frontman and proves an exceptional storyteller. Rousing and reflective, pensive and philosophical, Laish hypnotize the listener with a dazzling array of sound and lyrics.” Folkgeek
RESPONSE TO OBITUARIES:
- “This is an album that will have you gripped throughout, every sound that you hear feels that it has been created just for you. The combination of strings, percussion, vocal harmonies, clarinet and accordion have been arranged in such a beautiful way ensuring you will return to this album on a very regular basis. ‘Obituaries’ is quite simply an album that you all need in your music collection.” A Musical Priority
- “Obituaries is one of those albums that manages to make you smile a lot, laugh out loud occasionally, moves you with moments of real sadness or confession and does it all with the aid of some really lovely tunes, swirling violins, great vocals. I nearly danced. Witty, humane and self deprecating this is one you’ll share with your friends just so you can see their faces when the mood of the album changes up a gear.” Louder Than War
- “We left them lying in a tub, soaking wet and happy, and now we find them, returning from their raids, with a work tinged with sadness, and yet always smiling. “Obituaries” is the second chapter in a saga that continues to express the incredible lightness that life brings.” 7.5/10, Album of the Month Ondarock
- “Daniel Green entertainingly plays frontman and proves an exceptional storyteller. Rousing and reflective, pensive and philosophical, Obituaries hypnotizes the listener with a dazzling array of sound and lyrics.” Folkgeek
- “This album is a brilliant new chapter in the band’s journey” 8/10 Subba Cultcha
- “Feels like springtime at last.” Source Brighton
- “An ambitious album…confirming Laish are stars of new English folk music.” Music Won’t Save You
- “A major discovery.” 4/5 kyeo
- “Warm, heartfelt and uplifting stuff.” The Crack
- “‘Obituaries’ is a step forward for the band; the arrangements are that touch more magical this time and the songs have a bit more of a glint in their eye. We’re guessing there are five very satisfied people in the Laish camp right now.” The Sound of Confusion
- “Laish are one of the most exciting bands in Brighton” Folk Radio
- “Laish are one of the finest bands around in Brighton” Brighton Music Blog
- Interview with The Rock Club. You can read it here.
- Radio support from Tom Ravenscroft, Marc Riley and Amazing Radio.
- “Very special indeed” – Whisperinandhollerin 8/10
- “Packs a lot of punch and emotion” – 4/5 Folk Radio UK
- “Danny Green clearly wins at harmony arranging. He is worthy of some kind of harmonic rosette” – Bearded Magazine
- “Laish require attention” Onda Rock 8/10
- “Daniel Green has the kind of voice that can melt butter.” – Sounds XP
- “Spell-binding music” – Never Enough Notes
- “An affecting and irresistible blend of the melancholic and the pretty.” – Suitcase Orchestra
- “There is little on the record to dislike” – Bowlegs
- “An impressive and beguiling record” – Epigram Bristol
- “You would hope that the deserved acclaim will soon come knocking for this talented few” – Subba Culture
- “A modest but quietly stunning affair that deserves to make this hard touring band a national treasure” – Southcoasting
- “It’s clear from the band’s sound that they are aiming to do something different with the genre, twisting harmonies and song structure into something their own” Muso’s Guide