Dead Man’s Dance is the second studio album from the fiercely talented trio ALAW. Sensitivity and virtuosity combine in this bold exploration of Welsh traditional music and original song with sublime contributions from guest vocalists Georgia Ruth and Gwilym Bowen Rhys. Sometimes dark and brooding, sometimes joyful and exhuberant but always imaginative and engaging, Dead Man’s Dance is a coming of age album which places ALAW at the forefront of the scene.
In ALAW, Oli Wilson-Dickson, Jamie Smith and Dylan Fowler bring a wealth of experience to a shared passion – the traditional music of Wales. Whether unearthing rare gems or reimagining a well loved melody, they treat their music with a deftness and subtlety that is thoroughly absorbing. Combined with powerful song writing and original tunes, this makes for a musical experience that will stay with the listener.
Oli, Jamie and Dylan have a long history of working together, sharing projects such as The Devil’s Violin, Szapora and The Ian McMillan Orchestra. Oli and Jamie are well known throughout the folk world as the frontline of Jamie Smith’s Mabon.
Critical praise for ALAW’s first album Melody:
“engagingly tuneful and beautifully interpreted” The Scotsman
‘rewarding and refreshingly different… musicians communicate their expertise and understanding with real affection’ FATEA magazine
‘Quietly reflective gems’ The Sunday Times
‘the playing fairly sparkles… and embodies a miraculous degree of sensitivity in its sheer deftness’ NetRhthms
‘One heck of a rollicking blast of foot-stomping Celtic glory!’ Acoustic Magazine
‘Punchy, rhythmic and eminently danceable, Alaw’s jigs and reels have a vitality which is rare indeed.’ Living Tradition
‘Alluring and Haunting’ Songlines