SEPTEMBER - 2018
SEPTEMBER FRIDAY 21st - DUBLIN - EIRE
The Cobblestone, Smithfield.
77 North King Street
Dublin, Ireland D07 TP22
Admission 10 Euros.
Also appearng are:
+ JOHN FLYNN
SEPTEMBER 28th DONEGAL - BUNCRANA -
More Info soon.
Please check Rory's timeline on facebook for gig-concert updates from the road.
OTHER POSSIBLE DATES in the pipeline to be arranged/confirmed
HOUSE CONCERT - near GALWAY
KILKENNY - BOOK SHOP
To Book Rory
please contact- Kish at
NOW Accepting bookings for 2019
Touring Australia. March-April 2019
"....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."
COLIN IRWIN - FOLK ROOTS
"....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 and saxophone."
"...you have the spark there to light your fire, and this four piece combo will fill you with glee and ensure that the fire will not go out in a hurry."
"....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 LYSTER - Prince Albert Stroud.
"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.
"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.
Rory has the backing of Diego, Bob and Richard, fabulous musicians all.
The Familiar Strangers. Great name for a band. We had that feeling at the end of the night that we’d met before, somewhere on another road."
Paula Tod - The Hippodrome, Eyemouth. www.eyemouthhippodrome.org
"The Familiar Strangers are big favourites at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival.
Rory McLeod himself is an amazingly charismatic songwriter.
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 number.
Paul Burke, Purbeck Valley Folk Festival.
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Link To Download the above PDF 'The Glee and The Spark' Tour Poster
Rory McLeod and The Familiar Strangers
To Book Rory
please contact- Kish at
Represented in Australia by:
+61 49 899 1967 (AUS)
Also available for booking -
The Familiar Strangers are:
Diego Laverde Rojas
Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Spoons, Tap shoes,Trombone.
Rorys Album titles:
Kicking The Sawdust (2XCD)
Footsteps and Heartbeats
Lullabies for Big Babies
Mouth To Mouth (2XCD)
sOngS fOR big LiTtLE pEoPle
'SwingS and rOundabOuts'
'The Glee and The Spark'
Available digitally or on CDs
All of Rory McLeods Songs and Music are now also available in
MP3 format to digitally download.
This is eco-logically better, no plastic, packaging, no shipping costs, so cheaper all around, also much quicker.