August - Darwin, NT
For a decade Leah Flanagan has filled the Australian music scene with her beautiful contemporary folk, alternative soul sounds. But it is a shame to restrain her sound with clear-cut genres as Leah’s strength lies in her intricate compositions and intimate delivery.
It’s Leah’s voice that holds you. A subtly nuanced lilt here, a slight rasp there, a hesitant tremor, a pause – all forming part of the emotional landscape she wishes to paint with her music. Leah’s voice makes you feel. But her songs and voice are not in your face… instead they make you an offer you can’t refuse.
A childhood spent in the laid-back tropical climes of Darwin in the Northern Territory, Leah brings a refreshing and unique authenticity to her work. And that genuineness has delivered results. Her incredible journey as an artist is woven with star-studded collaborations with the likes of Sinead O’Connor, Meshell Ndegeocello and poet Sam Wagan-Watson; touring productions Shane Howard’s Exiles, 1967: Music in the Key of Yes and the Black Arm Band; Adelaide Festival’s 2011 production of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS, performing in Clinton Walker’s Buried Country Roadshow; duetting with Paul Kelly and Ursula Yovich and recently recording a duet of Archie Roach’s “I’ve Lied” with Marlon Willliams. Leah has also featured on the ABC’s Spicks and Specks, and Rockwiz programs.
In 2016 Leah released her third album Saudades.
The culmination of two years' work, Saudades was recorded live in the studio with Leah's band and music director/producer Niall Anderson.
Saudades…. This wonderfully untranslatable word conjures a tangle of feelings that only the Portuguese, in their wisdom of the heart's joys and sorrows, could name with just one word. It is a fitting name for an album that captures the full repertoire of emotions that we carry into our relationships, romantic and otherwise.
A large portion of the album was recorded at the studio of Midnight Oil's Jim Moginie in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, then mixed by Paul McKercher (You Am I, Augie March). Leah's smokey voice is given full flight with her intuitive backing band driven by the empathic guitar prowess of Adam Pringle, award winning jazz bassist Jonathan Zwartz, Niall Anderson on keys and vibraphone and Miles Thomas on drums.
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