Young Dubliners @ 191 Toole

The Rialto Theatre Presents

Young Dubliners @ 191 Toole

Leigh Lesho

Aug 25 Sat

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

191 Toole

$16.00-$18.00

This event is 21 and over

Young Dubliners
Young Dubliners
The Young Dubliners are quite possibly Celtic rock’s hardest working band, playing hundreds of shows to thousands of fans across the US and Europe every year. In recent years they have twice appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, had songs featured in TV shows (Sons Of Anarchy, Human Target) and toured extensively as a headliner and as the opener for such a diverse list of artists as Collective Soul, Jethro Tull, Johnny Lang and many more.

Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called 'Celtic Rock', that label, as labels often can be, is misleading. The Irish influence is there, certainly, but it's not the only influence that rears its head on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. "That was always the idea", Keith Roberts, lead singer for the band explains. "The sound was always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from different backgrounds. Even though two of us are from Ireland, a lot of the music we listened to growing up wasn't Irish at all, but when we got here, we got homesick and developed a new appreciation for Irish Music. In truth the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members. Everyone writes now so you never know what you’ll end up with when you start on a new album.

The band is currently in the midst of recording their ninth studio album. This will be a unique experience for the band as they plan to release it independently for the first time in their career.

“We had a few offers but decided we were well overdue to take things into our own hands,” says Roberts, “After eight albums on various labels it just seemed right to go it alone for once and maintain full creative control.”

However “going it alone” did not mean without financial support and for that they turned to their fans. After only two weeks the band had received over half the necessary funds to complete the recording, manufacturing and marketing plan for the album and work began on February 1st, 2012. The road intervened as is usual for this non-stop touring band and the recording process was put on temporary hold as they commenced a long US summer tour followed by a month long European Fall run.

Now, safely returned to the US, the band is back in the studio full time and hopes are high to finish the album by March. There is a short tour planned for Alaska in February with the main roadwork starting up again in March. They plan to showcase much of the new material at the upcoming shows.

“Having a whole album of new songs really invigorates the live show for us and makes it exciting all over again” say Roberts. “It’s like a shot in the arm every time we go through this process”.

The pledge drive continues on their website at youngdubliners.com
Leigh Lesho
Leigh Lesho
Akasha is the title of Leigh Lesho’s sophomore album that is set to release on 10/10. She is the writer and head producer of the project with the help of Oscar Fuentes as recording engineer and studio musician, along with production support from Gabriel Sullivan (XIXA). Other stellar artists that can be heard throughout the album include Thoger Lund (Giant Sand) on upright bass and cello, Lauren Wilson on percussion, Heather “Lil Mama” Hardy on fiddle, along with many more special guest contributions.
Leigh Lesho’s first album 444 was released in 2016 as a compilation of what she felt were the strongest, most relevant songs she had written over the years up to the point of meeting friend and producer Oscar Fuentes in 2012. Since the creation of 444 was an afterthought to its contents, Leigh decided to approach it with her wide-open appreciation for all genres of music and allow the songs to decide which sound forms they each wanted to take on. With hits such as Shadowside and Desert Dwellers, the album has been very well received with fans often expressing their appreciation for the many different sounds and styles that it contains while still creating a cohesive sound. Leigh and her band known as The Night Lights have been consistently playing live shows ever since the release of 444, and Leigh was already conceptualizing the follow-up project as soon as the first one was complete.
Akasha is a concept album and is the Sanskrit word for the element of space/ether. A concept album is like a storybook, with each song being like a chapter of the story. Each of the songs that make up the album hold a larger purpose or meaning collectively than they do individually. The album opens with the track Mountain, which represents the earth element and moves through the tracks as if moving upward through the human experience, transforming earth into the water, water into fire, fire into air, air into space, then a holding of space, and finally a shedding of the physical self. The center of the album is the track The Battlefield which was inspired by the Bhagavad Gita and written by Leigh while in India studying with her teacher. The concept is large and involved but the words, the feel, the sound, and all the pieces of this project achieve a sense of divine simplicity, that feels destined to find its home in the Americana community.
The overall message in the story of Akasha is one that hopes to inspire consideration and regard for the voice and the ability to verbally communicate as a sacred gift. Most people are granted the ability to speak, so it’s usually taken for granted. Speech is a powerful form of energy and both are very important topics for Leigh because she has been a devoted yoga student and teacher for most of her life, and her nine-year-old son Rylan has autism with his biggest challenge being speech. The process of recording and performing music serves as an outlet for Leigh and her life’s work while simultaneously serving as an example and mode of therapy for Rylan as he continues to find his voice.
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