Leon O’Leary is an indie / alternative singer-songwriter from Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England. Influenced by artists and bands such as, Ben Howard, James Bay, Sam Fender and Bruce Springsteen, O’Leary implements roots of folk with ethereal soundscapes, shimmering guitars and the electric energy of rock to create the melancholic sound discovered within his music. Backed by BBC Introducing East, Leon has performed live radio sets including backstage at Latitude and has received their title ‘Track of the Week’ for single ‘Stray Dogs’, ending 2021 as one of their artists to watch for 2022. Taking to the stage with his sister, Issy O’Leary, who reinforces the sound with soulful guitar and haunting harmonies, Leon has featured at venues and festivals such as The Norwich Arts Centre, The Portland Arms, The Waterfront Studio, Latitude Festival, Bardfest, Ipswich Sound City, Wild Paths and The Apex. O’Leary has also been listed as a HOT VOX Future Icon and recently has been nominated for an NMG award.
‘Caring and alive with surreal lyrical executions, Leon’s brand of bluesy
intermissions, catapults embattled subjects of a life, into clarity and emotive experiences.’
An early afternoon in the slight damp setting did not distract from the wonderful sonance of Leon’s songs. ‘Stray Dogs’ for example has a gleam of indie delight that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Ben Howard LP.’
This Suffolk indie-folk singer-songwriter has a nice eclectic sense of space and musical style…moving, moody and wonderfully engaging.’
Independent Music Reviews
‘Having made an impression on his local scene, sparking widespread interest in his ambient Ben Howard-esque sound, Leon has been growing as an artist and a songwriter, showing more and more promise with every release.’