If you haven’t already, folk-rock fans like me will want to take note of Leif Vollebekk. He sounds like he would’ve been right at home in the 70s singer-songwriter scene. Vollebekk’s raspy, soulful voice reminds me of Ray Lamontagne –his exceptional lyrics (“In T.O. I was laughing at my friend who sold his soul, I guess it wouldn’t have been so funny if I hadn’t sold mine for less”) are highlighted by his impressive guitar skills.
“When the Subway Comes Above the Ground”
Here he is covering “Read my Mind” by The Killers
If that isn’t enough Isla Craig, a vocalist and songwriter from Toronto (who performs as special guest to our upcoming presentation of Leif Vollebekk at the Rivoli) who’s unique style of vocal arrangements and looping tracks draw from more traditional vocal compositions and R&B influenced sound. Her music is really interesting and she has some pretty cool tracks that display her range both vocally and musically in general (check out her song “Messages”). She has a great voice that reminds me of Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdóttir (Of Monsters and Men) and she is certainly an artist that you’ll want to check out.
“Birds in Flight”
Lefi Vollebekk performs at the Rivoli with special guest Isla Craig on Tuesday, October 15, 2013
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