Scottish by upbringing, but based in Barcelona, songwriter Louis Rive follows in the tradition of the storytelling folk singer. Influenced as much by Lou Reed and Tom Waits as by traditional balladeers such as Ewan MacColl, Hamish Imlach and Michael Marra, Louis has searched the barroom floor for the raw materials that make up a great song. The social, cultural and linguistic upheaval in his adopted home of Barcelona is a unique catalyst for his observational song writing style. With a caustic eye for social detail and the contradictions of modern living, plus a vivid cross-section of society from which to draw inspiration, Louis Rive continues the grand tradition of a storytelling musician.
A regular on the Barcelona folk circuit, where he can be found playing acoustic gigs in the city’s least salubrious bars, this summer marks Louis’ first tour of the UK, including a two-night stint at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, as well as festival slots in Wales and England. His first collection of songs “The Cheap Part of Town” was released in 2018 while a second album, “Hard Living in the Old World”, is due for release later in the year.
Whether it be on the festival stage or the back room of a ‘spit and sawdust’ pub, Louis’ insightful lyrics and DIY guitar style bring an intimacy to every performance, while at the same time telling you a tale you will never forget.