The Courtroom Sessions: Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay

Date: Friday 25 October 2019
Time: 8pm
Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: £12.50 + booking fee

Support: Martha L Healy 

Texas cultivated, Nashville based songwriting team Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay are set to embark on their fifth tour of the United Kingdom.

Meeting through Austin’s vibrant music scene in 2002. McKay was part of country and Tex-Mex band McKay Brothers, while the bluegrass and classic country educated Leigh had just arrived in Texas to pursue a solo career.

The pair often wrote songs on long car trips, one of them behind the wheel of their then touring vehicle, a 1992 Honda Accord wagon. The result was a mix of story songs that continue to delight in a concert setting.

McKay & Leigh are becoming known as a must-know songwriting team; Steve Earle, Guy Clark and Richard Dobson have all recorded songs written by McKay, while artists such as Lee Ann Womack, Rodney Crowell and Charley Crockett have released songs written by Leigh. Sarah Borges and Sunny Sweeney, among others, have recorded songs the duo composed.

Together they’re an international touring machine; The pair’s dry humor coupled with their well worn, Louvinesque harmonies, McKay’s uniquely South Texas lead guitar style and Leigh’s raw Delmore Brothers inspired flatpicking and mandolin make for an unforgettable combination.

Support comes from Martha L Healy who was raised in Glasgow on a diet of The Eagles, The TRaveling Wildburys, Bruce Springsteen and, occasionally, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas. Her Irish grandparents also drilled her in folk heroes, such as The Dubliners and The Fureys.

At the same time, she was listening to female artists like Sheryl Crow, Carole King, Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline and picked up the guitar to start writing her own songs.

Her current album, “Keep the Flame Alight” was written mostly in Nashville in 2016 and she returned there to record in October 2017, with David Spicher in the producer’s chair ad the city’s best session players providing the music.

Martha has recently played at Celtic Connections in her hometown of Glasgow and showcased officially at ANA UK’s AmericanaFest in Hackney and Red Rooster Festival in Suffolk.

Her album, Keep The Flame Alight, is on the eligible list for Scottish Album of The Year Award (SAY) in 2019.