A Great Year So Far!

The first half of 2017 has been great! We’ve been gigging regularly around Yorkshire and in April we played our first few gigs in Scotland. We were also back in the Lake District for a couple of gigs in May. We were delighted to be invited back to play at The City of York Folk Weekend in June at The Black Swan.

We’ve added several new tunes and songs and we’re working on some new additions for the autumn – expect more songs about sex and death, mostly taking place in the merry, merry month of May…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Various band members are travelling over the summer. Jack will be doing several gigs in France with one of the other bands he plays with and Rachel has been promised a gig or two in the USA while she’s there. Callum is off to Berlin for a few gigs, and Linds and Bob will be taking to the hills (and a few select York bars) with their instruments. Meanwhile, Angie and Scarlett will be popping up announced, too, playing here and there.

The band will be back in September (or possibly slightly earlier) with gigs up on the Moors, in Scarborough and Knaresborough, at the Cornucopia Festival and of course in our favourite York pub, The Snickleway Inn. We’ll also be back at The York Little Festival of Live Music and at Fibbers. In September we’ll be playing at the Langdale Folk Festival in the Lakes.

All our gigs are on the band website and we’ll post reminders on Facebook nearer the time.

Oh, and Angie’s bought a gorgeous new accordion…

Have a great summer!

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Black Swan 2017

It’s always such a pleasure and privilege to play at the City of York Folk Weekend, known to most of us as the Black Swan Folk Festival. Roland and the club members did their usual brilliant job of organising the weekend. We played on Saturday, when the weather was great (commiserations to those of you who got caught in the rain on Sunday).

This was our fourth time on the main stage and every year we try to do something fresh – this time doing our first ever gig with Callum on a full drum kit (no photographs of that yet). We also brought out several new tunes.

It’s great to perform to an authentic folk audience – always appreciative and supportive. Thanks!

Thanks also to Christine Cockett for another great set of photographs.

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Back in The Lake District

The band are all keen walkers, so we were delighted to be able to support the Langdale Folk Festival, which in May raised £5,000 for charities including the local Mountain Rescue Dogs and Air Ambulance.

We played a set in the fabulous Hikers Bar at The Old Dungeon Ghyll, where we had only previously been to drink!

Later, we played “unplugged” in the Lounge Bar, which was a lovely, intimate set of tunes.

The following day we returned to play at one of our favourite Lake District pubs, The Newfield Inn at Seathwaite.

We’re delighted to have been invited back to The Old Dungeon Ghyll in September.

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Back from our tour of Scotland…

Our three gigs in Scotland over Easter lived up to every expectation! We had great, appreciative audiences and some extraordinary feedback, including a couple of invitations to return and play again, soon. Here we are playing an afternoon session at Fyne Ales:

We also gigged several new tunes and found some time to work on a few more (including two great new songs Angela will be singing) that we’ll be bringing out in the summer.

A Leather’o tour isn’t complete without a spontaneous photo shoot on someone’s phone, so here we are in a wood up a Scottish mountain. We’ll have to photoshop the lads in because Jack wasn’t out of bed yet, and Callum’s still somewhere in Asia – he’ll be back on percussion next week.

The next few weeks will include gigs in Scarborough, York and the Lake District, and rehearsals for an exciting new development that we’ll be launching at the beginning of June!

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More gigs in the diary, new tunes on the way…

We’ve added some more gigs to the diary, including our first at a great bar in Scarborough – have a look on our Forthcoming Gigs page for details.

We’re very excited that Jack will be back on mandolin for our gig at The Snickleway Inn in York on 6 April and Callum will be back on percussion at the end of this month!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile we’re playing-in some new tunes for our gigs in Scotland and the Lake District this spring. Many thanks to Martin for this photo from an informal session in York this week:


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Leather’o play their first gigs in Scotland

We’ve been playing Scottish tunes for years now, so we’re piling all the instruments into the car (plus the dogs, the daughter and the big Scottish guy that Angie’s married to) and we’re off to Scotland for a few gigs this Easter!

The first will be on Good Friday at the legendary Clachaig Inn in Glencoe.


 

On Easter Sunday afternoon we’ll be playing in the Tap Room at Fyne Ales.

We’re bound to find ourselves in a few other pubs along the way, doing a bit of playing as we go.

 

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Another Great Night At The Snick!

Many thanks to Robert Mitchell for taking some great photos of the band at The Snickleway Inn.

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International Womens Day

Stop Press: It was a great festival and our young dep-guiatrist did an outstanding job !


The band are delighted to be playing at the International Women’s Day celebration in York on 4 March. All the performers will be women so Leather’o are very excited to have their young dep guitarist filling in for Bob!

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Leather’o Review of the Year

OK, it was a good year! We’ve had a great run of gigs (the marketing department points to 43% growth with a very positive trend in the quality and mix…), and played in a lot of new parts of the country, including some informal sessions on the East Coast, three gigs in Hampshire/Wiltshire and a run of gigs in the Lake District. We’ve set our sights on something further afield in 2017.

In April Callum joined us on percussion for a gig at the York Bier Keller. He was brilliant so he’s part of the band now!  He and Jack our mandolin player have flown east for the winter, so we’re back to our core line-up of four for the next few months.

The band shared a farmhouse for a week in August, with a series of gigs. We didn’t manage to write any new tunes but we played some awesome card games, walked until all of us (and all the dogs) were covered in mud, and had a few beers at The Wasdale Head – definitely one of the best pubs in the country. The final gig of that week was an unplugged session at the lovely Newfield Inn where Angie’s daughter Scarlett joined us on guitar for quite a few tunes – not bad for 8 years old!

We played a couple of completely unplanned sessions, too – one in Edinburgh where we discovered Rachel can play double bass, and one at the Bluebell on Fossgate. Rach went up to the barman and asked if it would be OK for us to play and few tunes – he said yes, but only if we were any good – so we played!

We made at least one video – another is in post-production and might be up online by time you read this. Other highlights of the year included our appearance on Vale Radio and a slightly weird gig at The Tan Hill Inn, England’s highest pub.

In contrast, we played a recital at The Unitarian Chapel in York when our sister group Garland of Flutes had to pull out at the last minute.

Most years around Christmas we put on a gig with at least one other band and this year was outstanding – in December we played at Your Bike Shed in York, co-headlining with Stillhouse. The venue is beautiful and the evening was sold out. Stillhouse played a wonderful set and it was the most brilliant fun to get both bands up on stage at the end of the evening to play a couple of tunes together!

We have one final gig before the end of the year, on New Years’ Eve, then we’re off to dinner, where there’s bound to be a bit of an awards ceremony for the year.

So what’s next year looking like? We’ll be playing at the Black Swan Winter Folk Day in York at the end of January and every tune will be new. In the past few months we’ve added tunes by The Gloaming, John McCusker, The Chair and Shooglenifty to our set. And we’ve written a few new tunes of our own, too!

In the next few months we’ll be gigging in Knaresborough, Thirsk and Whitby as we try to build on our hometown gigs in York. We’re also booked for the Langdale Festival in the Lake District in May.

The band’s diary is already filling up, so see you in 2017!

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Leather’o Christmas Bash

Join us for our Christmas Bash at Your Bike Shed at the top of Micklegate in York from 7.30pm on Saturday 10 December. It’s a fabulous, quirky venue with lots of the original features dating from its early life as a fine townhouse.
We’re joined by the fabulous
Stillhouse who are playing all over the UK , including London’s Southbank Centre as well as at next year’s Beverley Folk Festival.

Update: here’s what it looked like!

It will be a very special evening, so we will be filming several of the tunes. Get your Christmas season underway with Leather’o and Stillhouse!

 

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