Leah Flanagan has been captivating audiences for almost a decade unlike anybody else with her alluring and emotional music. This weekend to mark the release of her third studio album, Oceanic Sessions, she will be joining forces with special guest Alice Sky.
For Flanagan Oceanic Sessions has been somewhat of a departure from her typical recording process, which when speaking with her appears to be because this was simply a passion project which she didn’t want squandered away.
“The Oceanic Sessions is comprised of songs that were recorded throughout a three year period. At the time I was working on my previous record Saudades and these songs simply didn’t quiet fit the format for Saudades.” explained Flanagan.
Rather than have these extra songs “sitting on a hard drive somewhere” Flanagan was determined to release these songs because she was still incredibly proud of them and wanted them to be heard. This took the pressure off the record entirely and is something she has carried over into the release by foregoing the traditional release tour.
In place of the usual tour schedule to coincide with an album release Flanagan is instead hosting a one-off launch show with special guest Alice Sky.
“Alice is a beautiful young singer/songwriter who is just starting her career so it’s nice to be able to help out another young indigenous singer/songwriter.” said Flanagan. “I think it’s really important for established artist to help others at all stages of their careers because we’re all out here just doing what we love.”
Ahead of the show on Sunday Flanagan told us that she is “really happy with the live show and looking forward to doing it at the Leadbelly. Between myself and my guitarist Dylan we’ve managed to interpret the songs, many of which were recorded with a full band, in a way that makes it seem like you’re watching a band.”
Sunday’s show is perfect for anybody who loves nostalgia, sophisticated music and timeless voices. It will also be worth keeping an eye out for some very special unannounced guests on the night.
Feb 4. Leadbelly, 42 King St, Newtown. $19.90-$48.50+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.theleadbelly.com.au