Pilgrimage (Demo)

Here is a demo for our new song ‘pilgrimage’!

This has been 4 months in the works and we’re super happy with how it turned out! We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed making it. Also we are hoping to publish it to all major streaming services as a demo some time in the near future!

Sincerely – Orladh & Leo

Something from the Past with an Eye on the Future

Hi all! We really hope everyone is staying safe and doing as well as can be expected during the current situation.

We had lots of upcoming shows and festival appearances to look forward to that have now, obviously, been postponed. One of these was with our really good friends at Todmorden Folk Festival, who have been so supportive of us over the last couple of years. Another was a new opportunity with Rochdale Folk Festival. We hope that everything gets back to some sort of normality soon and that festivals such as these, which do so much for arts in the local community, can survive and begin to thrive again. We’re sending our love to everyone involved in making them happen.

We can’t wait to perform again in the future but, in the meantime, here’s a some footage from our trip to the BBC Radio Lancashire studios back in December 2019.

Orladh & Leo.

An Update from Orladh & Leo

Just a quick update to let you all know what is happening and what to look forward to in the (hopefully) near future: first of all, we hope everyone is doing ok and staying home (and if you’re feeling bored you can listen to our demo again, link in our bio).

As you probably all know already our upcoming shows have been postponed, rochdale folk festival until March 2021 and @todfolkfest has been cancelled until next year too, obviously we are gutted but it is the right thing to do so we will have to wait đź‘Ť.

We are hoping to release another demo soon along with a video – so keep checking back for more info – and Orladh is learning to play guitar so we can expand our musical creations! Thank you all for staying inside and we hope to be out again ASAP!

~Orladh and Leo

Exciting Times Ahead!

We’ve got some exciting announcements to make soon, watch this space!

In the meantime, here’s some new music for you – just a snippet of a song we’ve started working on…

Tuning in to Christmas

2019 has been amazing for us but, as the year draws to a close, we have news of perhaps our most exciting—and nerve-wracking—experience so far!

There are so many highlights: there was winning the Todmorden Folk Festival Youth Music Award in January—and then performing to a packed Saturday night show at the main festival in May. Throughout the year we were asked to play in churches, clubs and summer barbecues and even busked for the first time at the Manchester Christmas markets. We entertained dignitaries in Rochdale Town Hall and formed a Ceilidh band with That’s All Folk! and Oakenhoof. We also recorded a few songs and tunes to contribute to a cd for Rochdale Music Service.

And on Christmas Eve, we make our radio debut!

Todmorden Folk Festival in May

We were absolutely shocked but delighted to have been asked to perform at the BBC Radio Lancashire studios in Blackburn, to record a special festive edition of Emma Sweeney’s folk show ‘The Drift’.

The show was recorded on 1st December before a live audience. The lineup included Harp and a Monkey, Rowan and the legendary folk musician Michael McGoldrick, who played a set with host Emma Sweeney. We played three songs and were also interviewed by Emma in between—no pressure, then!

Springhill Hospice Summer Serenade in July

You can listen to the show on Christmas Eve at 6pm on BBC Radio Lancashire or through the BBC Sounds app.

A link to the show is here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07wrj02

We’re about 30mins in, but recommend listening to the whole show!

A Christmas Market Thank You

We had a great time on Sunday, busking at the Manchester Christmas markets. Thanks to everyone who watched, listened and made nice comments (and also to those who threw us some coins!) – especially in the cold and damp conditions. We hope you enjoyed it!

We’re back again on Saturday 23rd November at 2pm!!

Manchester Christmas Markets

Exciting news from Orladh & Leo about tomorrow’s Christmas market in Manchester...

It’s that time of year again – the amazing Manchester Christmas markets have opened and are welcoming visitors from near and far to join in the festive fun.

We’re really excited to announce that we’ve been allocated a busking spot at the market in Exchange Square from 11.30am on Sunday 17th November.

It will be our first time busking, so it would be great to see some friendly faces. We hope to see you there!