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RORY MCLEOD - TOURING MARCH-APRIL 2014

Agent- John McAuslan, Across the Borders Touring Agency
Phone +61 3 9090 7768 - Fax +61 3 9090 7768 - Mobile 0419 522 143
Email jmcaus@optusnet.com.au

The fabulous Rory McLeod returns to Australia in 2014 to pick where he left off in 2013 when he toured post Woodford festival. A one-man soul band, poet and storyteller, singing his own unique upbeat dance stories. A modern travelling troubadour using tap shoes, acappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, and whatever else he can get his hands on!. A true individual and unique performer, there's nobody like Rory McLeod. Touring with his latest album 'Swings and Roundabouts'.

This Russian-Jewish-Scottish bred Cockney hit the road in his late teens to live by his wits, and as a jug-band player, as a regular in Hamburg blues clubs, and a fire-breather and musical clown in a Mexican circus. The rigours of circus life in a small travelling Mexican circus drove him over the border to Texas. Lacking a U.S. visa, McLeod took on Austin's clubs from a base in Mexico. In 1981 he won the Texas harmonica championships and hung out in Austin playing with, among others, Texas greats Jimmy Dale-Gilmore and Butch Hancock. He made it back to London to embark on a music career, which he launched with "Angry Love" in 1985. He is a story-teller supreme, weaving his Cockney spruik into highly rhythmic Latin/ reggae/ blues inspired music, a one man soul band and once seen never forgotten. Over his much travelled career, Rory has played harmonica, guitar, spoons and trombone with many great musicians including, Ani Di Franco, Michelle Shocked, Towns Van Zandt; from West Africa Ali Farke Toure, from San Antonio Flaco Jiminez, and in Australia Mick Thomas, and the Backsliders to name but a few!



RORY MCLEOD- Australian tour March/April 2014

Rory McLeod is a one-man-soul-band, and poet. He has a natural troubadour's talent for weaving magical, musical, storytelling spells accompanied by his own bizarre solo orchestra of distinctive instruments. The spoons, finger-cymbals, bandorea, Djembe-drum, harmonica, guitar, trombone and-tap-dancing shoes accompany the "rich, raw, deep and resonant" voice of this "singular and liberating performer."

"Expect the unexpected."

McLEOD is a musical Gypsy, his eccentric melodies are infused with influences from Flamenco to blues, through to Celtic, East European and Calypso rhythms creating a style of music and songwriting that has been described as

"Intimate, revealing, political and powerful."

"When he sings his songs he will take you on a journey with him."

"Poetry and dance-stories with verve, sharpness, humour and warmth about people and for people."

"Great songs to dance to, infectious rhythms, flying harmonica!"


An ex-circus clown and fire eater, Rory has played harmonica and guitar with MICHELLE SHOCKED, ANI DI FRANCO, BUTCH HANCOCK, MICHAEL FRANTI, TOWNES VAN ZANDT, with the West-African guitarist ALI FARKE-TOURE and TAJ MAHAL; and Madagascan group TARIKA. he's enjoyed creative collaborations with HASSAN ERRAJI, KATHRYN TICKEL, PAUL RODDEN and BJ COLE virtuosos, respectively, of the Moroccan Oud, the Northumbrian pipes, the Irish banjo and the pedal steel guitar.

Rory has written songs and music for a BBC radio documentary - an oral history project about East London's 400 year old Spitalfields fruit and vegetable market.

Also written songs and music commissioned by 'SHIFTWORK', a Scottish dance and circus theatre based company devising a psycho-comedy theatre-show based on a traditional puppet play called Punch and Judy. Commissioned to write music for T.V. animation series 'Creature Comforts' 2003.

Has appeared on Channel 4. arts programme 'After Image'. and Welsh T.V. 'Television Ballads'.

In 1996 Rory was the BBC's Pick of The Week for his "Invoking The Spirits", a recording of a personal musical journey through Zimbabwe, searching for the Mbira, (an African thumb Piano), playing and talking with African musicians for the BBC's Radio 4.

Rory was also commissioned to write songs and music for Scottish based, Tabularasa Dance Company, A dance-theatre piece for Children called 'HUFF PUFF and AWAY' about Wind and Breath.
Rory was commissioned in January 2010 to compose songs and music about Hadrian's Wall, collaborating with other poets' musicians and writers.

BEST LIVE ACT: BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS 2002

TEXAS HARMONICA CHAMPION 1981.

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL STREET BUSKER OF THE YEAR in 1985.

Rory has nine self produced albums on Talkative Music, all available online at www.rorymcleod.com

ANGRY LOVE, Talkback001
KICKING THE SAWDUST (Double CD) Talkback002
FOOTSTEPS AND HEARTBEATS, Talkback003
TRAVELLING HOME. Talkback004
LULLABIES FOR BIG BABIES. Talkback005
MOUTH TO MOUTH (Double CD) Talk001
BRAVE FACES. Talk002
SONGS FOR BIG LITTLE PEOPLE Talk003
SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS Talk004

Rory McLeod is touring exclusively with Across The Borders Touring Agency

BOOKINGS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
John McAuslan

Across The Borders Touring Agency
Phone +61 3 9090 7768 - Fax +61 3 9090 7768 - Mobile 0419 522 143
Email jmcaus@optusnet.com.au



TOUR DATES:
MARCH-APRIL 2014

7-10 March
Port Fairy Folk festival
www.portfairyfolkfestival.com.au

Thurs 13 March
Spotted Mallard
314 Sydney Rd. Brunswick www.brunswickmusicfestival

Fri- Sun 14-16 March
Blue Mountains Music Festival,
www.bmff.org.au

Wed 19 March
Newcastle University, University Drive,
Newcastle- NB. 12-1pm. Show

Thurs 20 March
Carrington Bowling Club,
Cowper St. Newcastle- william.mundie@newcastle.edu.au

Fri 21 March
Wauchope Arts Hall,
Wauchope NSW-
http://uralla-arts.com
(Try Bookings)

Sat 22 March
Food Angel Café,
Cudgery St, Dorrigo NSW
0429 854 733

Sun 23 March
Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall,
Kyogle, NSW
https://www.facebook.com/KAMS

Fri 28 March
Bangalow Bowling Club,
21 Byron Bay Rd. Bangalow NSW
http://www.kupromotions.com.au

Sat 29 March
Hats Juke Joint,
29 Agathis Lane, Cootharabah QLD
http://www.hatfitz.net

Sun 30 March
Workshop Hats Juke Joint
NB. 11.00am "From story to Song"

Fri 4 April
Illawarra Folk Club,
City Diggers Club, Church St.
Wollongong NSW
http://www.illawarrafolkclub.org.au

Sat 6 April
Tramshed Arts & Community Centre,
Narabeen, NSW
www.shackfolk.com

Sun 7 April
Petersham Bowls Club,
Brighton St. Petersham, NSW
johnsgigs@gmail.com

Wed 9 April
The Yarra Hotel,
295 Johnston St. Abbotsford VIC
Yarra Hotel

Fri 11 April
Polish Club
120 Main St. Newtown, Hobart, TAS
http://www.arelmedia.com.au

Sat 12 April
Brunswick Hotel,
207 Gilbert St. Adelaide, SA
http://www.folkfederation.com

Sun 13 April
Old Hepburn Hotel,
236 Main Rd. Hepburn, VIC
http://oldhepburnhotel.com.au

Thurs- Mon 17-21 April
National Folk Festival,
Exhibition Park, Canberra ACT
folkfestival.org.au

Wed 23 April
Fremantle Workers Club,
9 Henry St. Fremantle WA
Tickets

Fri- Sun 15-27 April
Fairbridge Folk Festival,
Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra, WA
www.fairbridgefestival.com.au




 

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ABN: 54 006 913 784
Director: John McAuslan
2/44 Talbot St. Brunswick, VIC 3056
Phone +61 3 9090 7768 - Fax +61 3 9090 7768 - Mobile 0419 522 143
Email jmcaus@optusnet.com.au

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