Tickets £6 on the door
RORY McLEOD — REVIEWS.
"....informal, soul baring, colourful observations, cracking tunes, sharp narratives"
«a hugely endearing yet provocative album that synthesises McLeod’s long history disrespecting conformist styles and artificial genres.»
«intriguing amalgam of moods concocted here- whenever Morgan puts lips to clarinet you think of
Klezmer, every pluck of the Rojas harp takes it into Latino territory and McLeod’s songs acquire the robes of the chameleon.»
«Plenty of glee here and no little spark either.»
«Rory McLeod just gets it. His songs are stories that are as old as the hills but refer to the experience of everyone in the room.
And he’s cool too, but not so cool that he can’t write a song about his grandmother….which is a song about my grandmother and probably everyone in the room’s grandmother too….universal, affectionate and…. a rare gift this…. completely unsentimental.
We worried that the stage at the Hippodrome wouldn't be big enough…and sometimes
the energy in the polemic and the music and the dancing filled the space to bursting.
But it was a shapeshifter of a gig and moments later a shared intimacy and another story wrapped the room in a warm bear hug.
We had that feeling at the end of the night that we’d met before, somewhere on another road.
Rory sometimes has the backing of Diego, Bob and Richard, fabulous musicians all.
The Familiar Strangers. Great name for a band.”
Paula Tod — The Hippodrome, Eyemouth. eyemouthhippodrome.org
»....made me want to throw away my inhibitions and take to the road: McLeod seemed a kind of Jack Kerouac armed with string instruments and harmonica."
"...the visual impact of the man could never be captured on audio disc.«what glorious energy there – the energy to glow in the dark. »
«Bob Morgan positively dazzles on clarinet
"...you have the spark there to light your fire, this four piece combo will fill you with glee and ensure that the fire will not go out in a hurry."
«Rory McLeod and the Familiar Strangers are indeed familiar and strange at the same time. Every element of their
appearance at Hebden Folk Roots was a joy — for organisers as well as audience.»
Artistic Director Hebden Bridge Folk Roots
«The Familiar Strangers are big favourites at Purbeck
Valley Folk Festival.
Rory McLeod himself is an amazingly charismatic
Add the band and there's an upbeat sound backing
Rory's robust songs about real people and real life.
Icing on the cake is when other performers see Rory
at the festival, he is called up on stage to join in on a
Paul Burke, Purbeck Valley Folk Festival.
"....a unique intriguing fusion between confessional singer songwriter, world music influences, and jazzy swing, different from anything else around."
«a fresh unique alternative take on life that he highlights through his entertaining exuberant songs»
"'You Can't Just Let Nature Run Wild', a thoughtful song which I personally relate to as a trained Geographer and Ecologist."
«The Familiar Strangers really add meat to the bones
of Rory's great material»
Jonti Willis Roots Music Club Doncaster.
To see these guys is to become an instant convert."
«The double bass provided a constant backbone»
Phil Laverton Rye Festival of Music and Arts Festival
"...a whole new light. Wonderful stuff!"
Lotte. Prince Albert. Stroud.
Rory McLeod is a
"… Rhythmic storyteller-Soul-Singing-Tap-dancing-Poet,Guitar-Picking,One-Man-Dance-Band"
Rory is a generous, hardworking, lyrical performer — whose mission is to carve new roads, to «keep memory alive», and to take his audience on a journey — emotionally, physically and musically on large and small stages, living rooms, tents, and streets.
Apart from performing his own songs Rory is also well known for taking part in workshops and round robin set-ups with other musicians- crossing many cultural and musical borders. Rory is always up for both participating and or leading improvised sessions.
As a community artist for some 30 years, musician, poet and storyteller Rory has toured and performed for community groups in all kinds of venues from village halls, schools, care homes, tents, art centres, community gardens, arts festivals, literature and poetry festivals, libraries and in the middle of fields.
As of January 30th 2017 He has become a new associate member of The National Rural Touring Forum and also a registered performing artist on the Night Out Scheme.
In recent years Rory has played at countless festivals all over the world including:
Sidmouth International Folk and Dance Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival -Towersea,
Musicport, Wickham, Shrewsbury, Beautiful Days, Brampton, Banbury, Hull, England, Saint Ives Festival, Wadebridge, Cornwall, SolFest Cumbria, UK, Purbeck Folk Festival Dorset, Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool. Bromsgrove Folk Festival, Larmer Tree Festival,
Ely Folk Festival Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Celtic Connections Glasgow, Monaive Festival,
Belladrum Tartan Heart — Orkney, Shetland, Scotland,
Saint Donats Story-Telling-Festival Wales.
Womad festivals-UK and-Canada,
Belfast, Shetland, Cork, Galway Arts Festival — Ireland
Kerrville Festival — Texas USA,
Woodford Festival, Australia
National Folk Festival, Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival — Blue Mountains Blues and Roots Festival-Australia,
Oviedo-Asturius, Barcelona, Madrid Spain, Bilbao, Onate, Basque Country,
Auckland Festival — New Zealand,
Bourges, Ris Oranges, Souffle Rennes Brittany, Transmusicales France,
Vancouver, Brandon, Edmonton, Calgary, Mission, Mariposa, Whitehorse-Frostbite-Festival-Yukon, Hillside Festival and Winnipeg