Leslie Dowdall and Mike Hanrahan in Concert, 6th December.
Leslie Dowdall and Mike Hanrahan are back writing new songs for a series of gigs in 2019, as part of their “Heart of Gold” tour. A visit to the recording studio is planned later this summer. The gigs will feature Leslie on vocals, keyboard and acoustic guitar; with Mike on guitars and vocal. The show includes new songs and some interesting interpretations of works from artists as diverse as Nick Cave, Antony and the Johnsons and Jefferson Airplane, along with a few recognisable hits from In Tua Nua and Stockton’s Wing.
Leslie is one of Ireland’s leading female vocalists and singer songwriters, first coming to prominence with In Tua Nua, a 7-piece outfit fusing celtic tradition with rock. With Leslie as lead vocalist, In Tua Nua recorded four albums; and over a successful seven-year period they played and toured with bands such as U2, Simple Minds, Bob Dylan, and The Pretenders. Leslie also enjoyed some success as a solo artist in her own right and recorded two albums, “No Guilt No Guile” and “Out There”. She was voted Best Female Artist at the Heineken Hot Press Awards in 1997. She has recorded and performed with Paul Brady and collaborated with Ronan Hardiman on many recording projects.
Songwriter and guitarist Mike Hanrahan began his professional career with Maura O’Connell in a duo called Tumbleweed, touring the Irish Folk circuit and appearing at the first Lisdoonvarna Music Festival in Clare. He joined Stockton’s Wing in April 1980 and toured extensively throughout the world, writing all songs for Stockton’s Wing including those from their ground breaking and critically acclaimed album “Light in the Western Sky” which featured hit songs “Beautiful Affair” and “Walk Away”. “Beautiful Affair” has since been voted into the Top 75 Irish Songs, in the history of RTE radio and Number 7 in a Today FM 25 year poll. He has produced for Ronnie Drew and Eleanor Shanley along with two solo projects “Someone Like You” and “What You Know”.