One-Man Soul Band Plus Dynamic American Roots Come to Moniaive

Musician, rhythmic storyteller and former circus clown Rory McLeod will bring his trombone, guitar, harmonica, spoons and tap shoes to this week’s gig in Moniaive.

The one-man soul band and poet (who has also been a fire eater) is one half of a hugely weekend line-up at the Craidarroch Arms which also includes The Horsenecks

Rory, who is appearing on Saturday, is very much looking forward to making a return to Moniaive

He said: “It’s a great place, I’ve enjoyed some wonderful music sessions in Moniaive. I recall playing acoustically on the last night of the Moniaive Folk Festival with the Familiar Strangers at The Craigdarroch Hotel.
“We had people dancing on the chairs, it was a wonderful mayhem. Pub landlord Tim ignited a large tray of flaming blue liquers and served them to everyone in the band.
“As musicians we live for these impulsive magical moments. So I’m really looking forward to being there again. This time I will be bringing my guitar, harmonica, tap-shoes, spoons and a throng of diverse songs.”

Rory is described as a modern troubadour who has travelled the globe from Asia to the Middle East from Gambia to Cuba, Central America, Australia, North America, Canada, Europe and other nooks and crannies of the Earth.

Explaining the wanderlust that is very much part of his performances, he said: “I’ve travelled to look for work, to mend a broken heart, to be with someone I longed for. I’d travel to visit friends and on the way I’d make new ones, I’d roam because I was curious to see what was around the next corner, sometimes I travelled to follow the warmer weather and migrate… like the birds and the big whales and fishes do.”

The night before will see The Horsenecks bring a dynamic mix of American roots music to the venue.

The line up of Gabrielle Macrae on fiddle, banjo, guitar, with Barry Southern on banjo, fiddle, guitar, Chris Marshal on bass and Dave Searson on guitar are renowned for their high-energy shows and their love of the music they play.

With roots in Portland, Oregon and Liverpool, England they provide a top-shelf musicianship that will guarantee a superb night out.

Tim O’Sullivan, who runs the Craigdarroch Arms, said:We’re really looking forward to welcoming The Horsenecks and Rory. They are fantastic performers who will be putting on exactly the kind of cracking shows that will warm up the cold November nights.”



Listings details

Craigdarroch Arms Hotel

  • Horsenecks
  • Friday, 17 November 2017
  • Doors Open at 8pm
  • Starts 8pm
  • Tickets £10 booking fee applies
  • Booking line 01848 200205


Craigdarroch Arms Hotel

  • Rory McLeod
  • Saturday, 18 November 2017
  • Doors open at 8pm
  • Starts at 8pm
  • Tickets £10 booking fee applies
  • Booking line 01848 200205


More information

  • Further information call the Craigdarroch Arms 01848 200205.

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