New York singer-songwriter Yoke Lore recently toured around the UK with his first headliner tour and played an incredible gig at London’s Camden Assembly.
With a rousing style of indie pop that plays to the back rows of the festival crowd, Yoke Lore is the solo project of Adrian Galvin formerly of Walk The Moon and his previous solo project, Yellerkin.
Since he was a child, coming from a family of artists, he was encouraged to explore the visual and performing acts and eventually he ended up focusing on both playing drums and dance. His music is a mix of bright, harmonic anthems and thudding drums, combining echoing waves of banjo, vocal, and percussion to create unforgettable songs with tactile sincerity and conviction.
He is the curator of everything around this project, and continually holds his audience with genre-bending sounds inspired by folk, pop, electronica and seemingly everything in between.
Earlier this month, he released his new EP Meditations, which features the single Chin Up which was a particular highlight of this show. He has such a great energy and positivity, especially when on stage, which is mind-blowing. Been his first headliner in the country, I can see that the audience is super excited to have him here and they are all singing along with him.
Yoke Lore – Chin Up
As opening act for him tonight, there is 19-year-old multi-instrumentalist from Ireland ROE (Roisin Donald). Laying down her unique brand of self-styled “Grumpy Electro-Pop”, she has been blazing a trail for young female indie artists across Ireland, UK, Europe and beyond.
Releasing independently through hometown label Fictive Kin Records, ROE has already performed on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury, among others.
After playing shows on three continents in six weeks at the end of 2018, she kicked off 2019 supporting Snow Patrol on their arena tour around the UK, playing her first ever Irish headline shows in February before heading to Austin, Texas to perform at SXSW in March.
And to add to all of this, she was the winner of ‘Best Emerging Artist’ at the 2018 Northern Ireland Music Prize. Despite her young age, she has an incredible voice and I can’t recommend her and Yoke enough!
Review & photos by Selena Ferro
ROE – Girls