Honest Folk Presents
Honest Folk Presents Leif Vollebekk
Thu. May 18, 2017
The Historic German House Auditorium
This event is all ages
Acclaimed Montreal singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Leif Vollebekk has toured extensively across North America and Europe, supporting the likes of Daniel Lanois, Gregory Alan Isakov, Patrick Watson, as well as Sinéad O'Connor. His two previous records, Inland (2010) and North Americana (2013) have received praise from Rolling Stone and Paste, and he brings his newest album Twin Solitude to The Historic German House. If you like your folk with a groove and a dose of optimistic sadness, this is a show for you.http://www.historicgermanhouse.com/event/1471905/
Released on February 24, 2017
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Leif Vollebekk is a Montreal adopted singer-songwriter. He will release his third full-length Twin Solitude on February 24th. Many publications are already falling for his new songs such as NPR, WXPN, Brooklyn Vegan, The Fader, VOIR and Les Inrocks, to only name a few. Since the beginning of his career, Leif has performed at the Newport Folk Festival and shared stages with Daniel Lanois, Beth Orton, Sinéad O’Connor, Patrick Watson, Coeur de Pirate, William Fitzsimmons and Sam Amidon. He released his break-through sophomore album ‘North Americana’ in 2013, while his 2010 debut ‘Inland’ was described as “beautiful, memorable and moving” by NPR and “timeless and monumental” by the Independent UK.
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Leif Vollebekk premieres All Night Sedans video on KCRW
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Today Montreal singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Leif Vollebekk unveiled his music video for “All Night Sedans” via KCRW
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Some artists go on feeling like secrets long after they’ve started being told. Leif Vollebekk, who releases his third album in February 2017 is one of these treasures. Born in Ottawa in 1985, he taught himself music using instruments inherited from his grandfather: harmonica, guitar, piano, an old fiddle. Although he began with songs off the radio, originals started coming too, especially during a year spent in Iceland: gigging around Reykjavik practicing his burled Icelandic, trying out new refrains.
Vollebekk’s debut album was released in 2010. Recorded and mixed in only ten days, Inland was the first record to be recorded on Breakglass Studios’ newly-acquired 1968 Neve console, the very same board used on Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti. Described as “beautiful, memorable and moving” by NPR, “timeless and monumental” by London’s Independent, Inland was followed three years later by North Americana. Vollebekk’s second album was a “long search for perfect takes” recorded in Montreal, New York and France, with production from Tom Gloady (Sigur Rós, Patti Smith), Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Coeur de Pirate), and John Simon (the man behind The Band’s Music From Big Pink and Songs of Leonard Cohen).
As these records collected acclaim, Vollebekk hit the road, staging multiple North American, British and European tours, repeat performances at SXSW, CMW, End of the Road and Pop Montreal, and an appearance at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival – hailed by Amazon Music as one of the event’s most memorable moments. Along the way, he shared stages with artists including Daniel Lanois, Beth Orton, Sinéad O’Connor, Patrick Watson, Coeur de Pirate, Plants and Animals, William Fitzsimmons, Suzanne Vega, Sam Amidon, Angus & Julia Stone, and Basia Bulat. Vollebekk also released the 2013 covers EP Borrowed Time, with gleaming reimaginings of songs by Neil Young, Sigur Rós and The Killers.
Vollebekk’s latest, long overdue LP, Twin Solitude, is the product of everything that came before: the unending tours, the slow cover songs, the experience of seeing Prince, alone at a piano, as he altered a room. “I used to think, ‘This will be kinda like a Neil Young song,’ ‘This will be kinda like a Bob Dylan song,'” Vollebekk says. “I kinda ran out of people to imitate. And then there was just me.”
The Historic German House Auditorium
315 Gregory Street
Rochester, NY, 14620