Celebrated Sami duo return to the UK

 Date:20/11/2007 - 29/11/2007
 Type:Culture, Music
 Location:England, Wales

Norwegian Sami duo Adjágas, renowned for their charismatic ‘yoiking’, return to the UK again for their first extensive tour following the release of their much acclaimed album.

Adjágas are a young Sami duo who consist of Sara Mariella Gaup and Lawra Somby. Sara, from Guovdageaidnu / Kautokeino, has been singing since she was a child, performing on stage since the age of 12. Lawra learnt his musical skills from his father Ánde. Despite growing up in Oslo city centre, he comes from a proud Sami family, and to this day travels almost perpetually, within and outside Norway. The two deeply charismatic ‘yoikers’ work with a revolving core of musicians and producers, and their live show sheds a different light on their music and its tradition.

Adjágas is the Sami word for the mental state between waking and sleeping. Samiland, also known as Sápmi, is the territory at the very northernmost parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland, spreading into Russia. The Sami tribes, numbering about 60,000 now, follow a nomadic existence, herding their reindeer all year from the central lands in the winter to the coasts in summer and back again.

Adjágas describe their music as “gentle, peaceful, hypnotic, quietly passionate, dreamlike, deeply spiritual and utterly engrossing – but at the same time, strangely alien. Lyrics are unrecognisable, startling vocals delivered in a style that veers between whispered but crystal clear sweetness, unbridled emotion and all points in between, sometimes hitting notes that may previously have never existed.”

Adjágas UK Tour, featuring Lay Low

Tue 20 Nov: Newbury, The Corn Exchange,
Info and tickets: 01635 522733 or
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Wed 21 Nov: Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre,
Info and tickets: 01603 660 352 or
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Thu 22 Nov: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club,
Info and tickets: 08700 600 0100 / 0113-2455570 or
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Fri 23 Nov: Manchester, RCNM,
Info and tickets: 0161 907 5555 or
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Sat 24 Nov: Glasgow, The New Stereo,
Info and tickets: 0870 220 1116 or
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Mon 26 Nov: Cardiff: The Point, 
Info and tickets: 02920 230130  or
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Tue 27 Nov: Brighton, Komedia,
Info and tickets: 01273 647100 or
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Wed 28 Nov: London, 229,
Info and tickets: 020 7631 8388 or
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Thu 29 Nov: Exeter, The Phoenix,
01392 667080  or
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Adjágas's self-titled debut album is out now - reviews in the UK press include:

“The current folk revival has brought many maverick sounds into the mainstream. Few, though, are more beguiling than Adjágas.” Q

“Otherworldly, trance-like, intoxicating… A rare jewel of an album… Mesmerising…” The Sun

“Spellbinding.” The Guardian

“Strikingly beautiful.” The Times

“Hypnotic, open-ended and sweetly dolorous… Should hit the spot with fans of Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Sigur Rós and Cowboy Junkies.” Uncut

“Such is the intensity on this record you wouldn’t believe Adjagas has only two members. Norwegian from Sámi families – the indigenous people of northern Scandinavia – they feed their folk tradition into a mesmeric mix that sounds like Sigur Rós reared on alt-americana. Part of this tradition is yoik singing – making sounds rather than words - and this debut is an enchanting snapshot of another world that will keep you going back for more”. (5/6) Time Out

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Adjágas consist of Sara Mariella Gaup and Lawra SombyPhoto: Knut Åserud

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