Songwriter, singer and sometimes ukulele whisperer, Leah Flanagan draws deep from a fascinating historical, geographical and cultural mix of Aboriginal, Irish and Italian to draw from. As a result, she possesses a versatility and stylistic range that has seen her work with a long list of diverse musicians and projects.
Her incredible journey as an artist is woven with star-studded collaborations with the likes of Sinead O’Connor, John Cale poet Sam Wagan-Watson; touring productions The Spirit of Churaki, Songs For Those Who've Come Across the Seas, Shane Howard's ‘EXILE - The Story of Irish Music in Australia’, Mission Songs Project, 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, Ursula Yovich and Marlon Williams. Leah has also featured on the Australian TV Programs - ABC’s Spicks and Specks, and SBS's Rockwiz.
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. You can hear and feel the depth of emotion she invests in her songs and the honest stories that populate them. On stage you’ll also experience some of the tales and inspiration behind Leah’s songs and enlivened by a rich musicality – whether backed by a full band or solo with ukulele (in the Northern Saltwater country style), acoustic, or electric guitar in hand.
A darling of Australian community radio, Leah’s releases frequent the Airit Charts regularly with songs Everything, Chills and Old Fashioned spending time in the top positions on both the metro and regional charts. Leah’s status as an Indigenous musician is one of pride and respect from her fellow musicians and the wider community which has led to invitations to contribute to essential albums such as Archie Roach’s 25th anniversary reissue of Charcoal Lane and the recently updated version of Buried Country 1.5, The Story of Aboriginal Country Music.
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“when Flanagan's voice steps to the stage, everything else fades into the background, and you just listen. Such a gift is rare indeed.” - Rhythms Magazine
“Leah Flanagan is hands down one of this country’s finest songwriters” - Post To Wire
"Mostly it’s a close and intimate affair.... with Flanagan’s voice as the focal point, she builds a sensual tension that is only momentarily released by the intoxicating chorus" - The Australian
“The first single (Chills) from Leah’s upcoming album Saudades is a beautiful produced track that sees her deliver trademark sensitive, searching vocals over an echoey riff, contemplating an emotionally distant love“ - Tone Deaf
“Raw talent is one thing; refined talent is something else. With her new album ‘Saudades’, Leah Flanagan once again reminds us that she has taken her natural born gift for songwriting and singing and refined it over the years into a higher art form. This is not to mean that her latest work is lofty and unreachable – indeed, Leah has produced with ‘Saudades’ an aural sculpture that speaks to everyone that has ever loved, lost, longed and wished” – Foldback Magazine
"Leah Flanagan's second album, a suite of songs that explore bittersweet emotions universally experienced in relationships, gently announces the arrival of a major singer-songwriter. The sensual Chills with its irresistible riff, a voice and electric guitar duet on Two Worlds, the ominous, bluesy feel of Damage. An outstanding release." - Stack Magazine
"Leah Flanagan's latest full-length Saudades (from which this song comes) caused quite a stir among music critics in September last year. The Sydneysider is considered one of Australia's most gifted songwriters, blending alt-folk and soul into her affecting tracks." stack.net
“It becomes pretty clear with this release, that she’s put everything out there in this release. Put simply the album is a culmination of the emotions we feel as lovers, relatives and friends and in the relationships that surround those. It’s a brilliant release that exhibits the two years that went into making it” – Forte Mag
“As an album opener (Chills) is definitely indicative of a gorgeously honest record. Flanagan shows off some of her best on the track – a combination of talented songwriting coupled with beautiful arrangement” – The AU Review
“It’s lyrically raw but the driving beat and rich production are just captivating” – Timber and Steel
“Equal parts Lucinda Williams and Shirley Bassey, Flanagan is a rich talent and the curse of every music store - just where do you file this?"
- Sydney Morning Herald