Lend Your Garden

by Avocet

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Hassles Krikey - hmm, avant-garde alt-indie folk? It's the allure, the infectiousness, the harp - guitar interplay, vocals & fabulous production. I have always loved what they've achieved.
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TheSlowMusicMovement I'm utterly captivated by the debut LP from Avocet. They've built on their enchanting 2018 Borrowed Seed EP with a wonderfully arranged, impeccably played, beautifully sung, global roots kissed, swinging folk gem for Mink Records. A genuinely stunning debut LP.
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JohnT42 A beautifully crafted album which I have been anticipating since I first heard ‘Cheating Monday’. Jansch, Renbourn, Pentangle, John Martyn, I love to discover new music influenced by such legends and your music successfully fuses inspiration producing a really fresh contemporary unique sound. Favorite track: Lend Your Garden.
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donalin love your music, met you and had a lovely conversation at the John Martyn gathering last year
hope you are all keeping safe. Donnie & Linda, Nairn.
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Glarabi 03:49
So Recently 04:16
First Light 02:53
Causeway 05:43
Too Early 02:07


This album was partially funded by the generous souls who
donated to our 2019 crowd-funder & the Bert Jansch Foundation.

Taking their name from Bert Jansch’s 1979 album, Iona Zajac (Harp) & Sam Grassie (Guitar) formed Avocet and were joined by double bassist Herbie Loening. In September 2019, laden with harp and guitars, they boarded the ferry to Amsterdam and made their way to Studio MOOOF, run by Michiel Mutsaerts and Bart Schatteleijn. In the ten days of recording (when the passing canal party boats and neighbouring Taiko drummers held their silence) Michiel captured the music.

For this album, Sam and Iona were incredibly fortunate to be joined by Ignacio Santoro (double bass) and Guillermo Martín-Viana (percussion).

We would like to thank both our families, Marieke McKenna of Mink Records,Ignacio Santoro, Guillermo Martín-Viana, Tenzin Stephen, Michiel Mustsaerts, Bart Schatteleijn, Herbie Loening for his great bass lines in our early days, Gail Cooke at Laughing Dog Music, Geraldine Auerbach from The Bert Jansch Foundation & David Bowden, our friends for always coming to our gigs over the years and of course, the great folks who donated to our crowd funder and have waited very patiently for the album to appear.


released May 1, 2020

All music and lyrics written by Sam Grassie and Iona Zajac,
except "Angie" (written by Davey Graham)

Iona Zajac - vocals, Clarsach
Sam Grassie - vocals, guitar, electric guitar
Ignacio Santoro - double bass
Guillermo Martín-Viana- percussion
Herbie Loening - double bass
Tenzin Stephen - flute
Duncan Mark-Horne - Saxophone

Lyrics available on request.


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Avocet Glasgow, UK

Avocet is Iona Zajac (harp/vocals) and Sam Grassie (guitar). The pair explore the boundary between 60's folk & blues. They signed to Mink Records, with their first EP, Borrowed Seed. Following their first UK Tour, debut album, Lend Your Garden, is now available! ... more

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