THE SPIRIT OF CHURAKI
For the Bleach Festival production 'The Spirit of Churaki', I was kindly asked to put music to a poem written by local Elder Aunty Joyce Summers. Churaki was a Bundjalung man heralded as the Gold Coasts first lifesaver. Hope you enjoy the video. Thanks to Donna Woods for filming it for me.
EXILE: Songs and Tales of Irish Australia
It’s been a very busy March. Cobargo Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Courtyard Sessions and the Art Gallery of NSW Art After Hours have all been wonderful shows.
Also, the project of the wonderful and ever so generous Shane Howard, EXILE: Songs and Tales of Irish Australia, has been released into the world and I am so happy to be able to share the songs I worked on with you. This show toured in early 2016 and the songs on this album were recorded live at the Brisbane and Melbourne shows. I featured on two of the songs - Silvermines and Town By The Bay, a duet with Paul Kelly. You can have a listen and/or purchase via the links below:
Here are a couple reviews of the songs I featured on:
“Leah Flanagan does a beautiful version of Silvermines, her live rendition being as good as any studio version and her duet with Paul Kelly on Town by the Bay is wonderfully emotive.” PS News
“Silvermines” drew me in to its story of a young Irish woman making her way through the world in such challenging circumstances. Leah Flanagan shines on this track, which may be my favourite on Exile. Sounds of Oz
LEADBELLY ALBUM LAUNCH for OCEANIC SESSIONS
Thanks to everyone for coming down to the show. In particular the lovely Alice Skye for opening and Peta Joy for taking these pics.
WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER - WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL PLAYING TIMES
NEW FIRST STORYTELLERS, SONGS FIRST PLAYLIST III
Tune into ABC SYDNEY and I'll be playing these songs live in the studio (9 December) and talking with Simon Marnie about why I chose these artists.
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OCEANIC SESSIONS RELEASED
Friday 17th November 2018
Recorded over three years (2013-2015) at Midnight Oil legend Jim Moginie’s Oceanic Studios in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, the album reflects the mentoring collaboration between Moginie and Flanagan.
“Before I recorded my last album Saudades, I spent some time in the studio with Jim working on a bunch of songs that I had written but wasn’t quite sure what to do with. It was a wonderful learning process for me as I’ve never spent a great deal of time in the recording studio. Jim gave the confidence to trust in my own ideas and the time to experiment with sounds and instruments I hadn’t used previously in a live or recording environment. I’m proud of these songs and our little collaboration”. Said Flanagan.
OCEANIC SESSIONS captures the many shades of reflection and refraction of human interactions. You’re captivated by Flanagan’s enduring vocal deliver from the opening song: a yearning rendition of Don Walker’s ‘Girl With The Bluebird’. The album shifts between sweet echoes of ‘Minor Birds’ to nostalgic, smoldering blues of ‘Bay of Broken Dreams’. Tracks ‘Waiting on the Good Man’ and ‘Chloe in the Window Box’ are inspired by the poetry of Sam Wagan Watson, which Flanagan originally wrote for ‘Midnight Muses: It Begins to Tell’ performed at Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Sydney Festival. Other highlights on OCEANIC SESSIONS includes ‘You Belong to Me’ performed in duet with fellow Darwin artist Ursula Yovich, the heart achingly raw ‘Bring Her Home’, the original demo of ‘Tell You’ from Flanagan’s second album SAUDADES and ‘Silver Linings’ a crooning, day-dreaming love song about the beauty of contrast.
The third release from Flanagan is the perfect match for a nostalgia filled evening for those who love the crooners and those who appreciate sophisticated music sensibilities and a timeless voice.
"Girl With The Bluebird"
I'm so close to releasing another album so I won't bore you with too much blah just yet.
I wanted to share with you the Don Walker song I recorded unexpectedly with Jim Moginie one afternoon while we were putting the finishing touches on an album we'd been working on. This particular song was one I'd been playing live in bars around Sydney whilst testing my new tunes out on various audiences and it always was well received. It was recorded in a couple of takes, live, raw, and after a long afternoon of vocal takes and to our surprise, turned out beautifully.
Some of you may recognise it as it is a classic Tex, Don and Charlie song from their Sad But Truealbum - one of my all time favourite records.
Have a listen to "Girl With The Bluebird" here.
SPOTIFY PLAYLIST II: First Storytellers Songs First
Every few months I will be putting together a Spotify Playlist featuring First Nation Songwriters whom I adore and think the world needs to know about as many of these artists are my dear friends and peers. I am so lucky that Simon Marnie from ABC Radio Sydney 702 has asked me to feature on his Sonic Journey program each time I release a new playlist of songs. This month features: Emily Wuramarra, Yirrmal, Bow and Arrow, Lou Bennett and the Sweet Cheeks, Casi Williams, Black Indie and Robbie Miller and more.
LEAH FLANAGAN - LIVE AT THE BELLA UNION
Leah Flanagan is offering music lovers a perpetual live experience with ‘Live at the Bella Union’ – a 6 track release due Thursday May 11 that captures Flanagan’s captivating style and the prolific musical talents of her band including Adam Pringle, Tim Curnick and Evan Mannell.
The release is a live taste of Flanagan’s second LP ‘Saudades’ (released Sept 2016) recorded live by Nigel Swifte on Nov 4, 2016 at the Bella Union in Melbourne as part of the Saudades National Tour.
And it comes at an exciting time for Flanagan as she is due to have her first child in May.
“It was a beautiful intimate crowd full of faces familiar and new. I was pregnant with my first child during the tour and at the time the news was still a hush. So I’ve decided to release Live at the Bella Union to give people a chance to hear the Saudades album live and because I won’t have the ability to tour as much in 2017 as I’ll be dedicating my time to being a new mum.” Flanagan said.
There are few artists who use emotion and allure the way Leah Flanagan does. The prolific artist has been capturing hearts for over a decade – an incredible feat for an independent artist and testament to the timeless beauty and magnetic pull of her music. Leah captivates audiences. She draws them into her songs. And she holds them with her the complexities of her enduring vocal delivery.
‘LIVE AT THE BELLA UNION’ TRACK LISTING
Speak Your Language
Performed by Leah Flanagan, Adam Pringle, Tim Curnick and Evan Mannell.
Recorded live, mixed and mastered by Nigel Swifte.
Photography by Lavonne Bobongie.
Released Independently and distributed through iTunes and Bandcamp via the ONLINE STORE.
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Friends! Over the years I have been lucky enough to play live, collaborate and tour with some of the most amazing Australian Artists. As a First Nations person I am also proud of the songwriters that are in my community. In tribute to these artists I've put together a playlist of some contemporary artists making music in Australia today...
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