Leah Flanagan
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Leah Flanagan

Sydney, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2010

Sydney, Australia
Established on Jan, 2010
Solo Alternative Adult Contemporary


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Leah Flanagan melds an ageless voice with complex and alluring lyrics in a combination that has audiences entranced. It’s a sound reminiscent of singer/songwriters of the 70s that has captured hearts with laments and celebrations of love, sincerity and soul.

A songwriter with Venetian, Aboriginal and Irish heritage, Leah draws deep from a fascinating historical, geographical and cultural mix. Her incredible journey as an artist is woven with star-studded collaborations with the likes of John Cale, Sinead O’Connor, poet Sam Wagan-Watson and France’s Orchestre National de Jazz; a stint with the acclaimed Black Arm Band; performing in Clinton Walker’s Buried Country Roadshow; duetting with Paul Kelly, taking the stage with Bart Willoughby and Ursula Yovich and recently recording a duet of Archie Roach’s “I’ve Lied” with Marlon Willliams.

Raised in Darwin and now calling Sydney home, Leah Flanagan holds a Bachelor of Music from the Elder School of Music in Adelaide where she majored in Classical Voice. Leah’s status as an Indigenous musician is one of pride and respect; she has helped make history with such recent essential albums as Archie Roach’s 25th anniversary reissue of Charcoal Lane and Buried Country 1.5, The Story of Aboriginal Country Music. Now with Saudades she writes an emotional history, one that resonates with her rich musicality; steeped in the complicated romance of deep feelings, wild at heart.


The culmination of two years' work, Saudades was recorded live in the studio with Leah's band and music director/producer Niall Anderson. Majority of the album was made at the studio of Midnight Oil's Jim Moginie in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, then mixed by Paul McKercher (You Am I, Augie March). Leah's smokey voice is given full flight with her intuitive backing band driven by the empathic guitar prowess of Adam Pringle, award winning jazz bassist Jonathan Zwartz, Niall Anderson on keys and vibraphone and Miles Thomas on drums.