Chapel Allerton Arts Festival: Celebrating 25 Years Folk Roots Fringe presents Leah McFall. The Voice BBC Finalist, “She’s so freakin’ good. Her voice is phenomenal” Will.i.am
With support from Astraluna, who co wrote and toured with Corinne Bailey Rae.
Leah live at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qematMQZZDI
Leah McFall from Northern Ireland wowed millions on The Voice BBC talent show which was watched on Saturday nights by an audience of over nine million people.
Joining Team Will.i.am, she quickly became the star of the season. During her time on the show, she released a slew of hits, including her version of ‘I Will Survive’ by Gloria Gaynor which rocketed to number eight in the UK singles chart. After the show, she was signed by Capitol Records on Will.i.am’s Black Eye Peas record label and quickly started work on her debut album.
The quirky Ulster popstar sings like a goddess of soul-pop, as well as her singles duetting with her former mentor DJ Will.i.am, and touring with the inimitable Jessie J, she has worked with top songwriters in LA like John Legend and Toby Gad, and performed at the Grammy’s on stage with some of her idols including Lady Gaga, Pink and Alicia Keys. Her vocal capability is simply massive. All this together gives us one huge amount of talent in a little five foot package that is very easy on the eye.
Leah McFall The Voice Website: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profiles/60wqf2fr3LtVthyPH5P3Xtz/leah-mcfall
“She’s an amazing singer. She’s a superstar. Seriously. I’ve never seen anybody like that in a very, very, very, very long time.” Will.i.am
“The range of Franklin to Aguilera on power with Winehouse or Duffy” last.fm
“Her vocal capability is simply massive” skiddle.com
The Support Artist is Astraluna, the stage name of Jennifer Pugh, a multi-instrumentalist with years of experience in writing and performing. After touring the world with Corinne Bailey Rae as backing vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Astraluna wrote and recorded two releases: The Pass Of Storms and In The Half Light.
When the world tour ended Pugh landed a job at The Woolpack Music Studios in Otley, which runs music projects with young people, learning disabled groups and community groups. Her experiences also inspired her to start writing her songs which range from epic, ethereal soundscapes to stripped down emotions.
Performing solo, her haunting and pure vocals compliment her warm ukulele and guitar sound: at times it is delicately harp-like and at others, part of a heavy looped backing with layered vocals, drum samples and synth pedals “hoping it’s going to be quite magical and mysterious.”
“You will hear the lilting sound of the ukulele like never before … packed full of immaculate harmonies and intriguing effects….” The Musician
Doors: 7.30pm. Show: 8pm
Tickets: £16 Advance £19 On the door
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