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Rory McLeod


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Rory McLeod is a British folk singer-songwriter born in London. As well as singing, his performances include storytelling in the tradition of the travelling minstrel or troubadour and playing a wide range of instruments including guitar, harmonica, trombone and his own invention the ‘stomping box’.

He has travelled widely performing and has released the following albums:

• Swings and Roundabouts (2010)
• Songs for Big Little People (2007)
• Brave Faces (2005)

• Mouth to Mouth (2000)
• Lullabies for Big Babies (1997)
• Travelling Home (1992)
• Footsteps and Heartbeats (1989)
• Kicking The Sawdust (1986)
• Angry Love (1985)

Rory’s songs are invariably big-hearted story-like ballads about family, justice, racism, poverty, immigration, traveling and love. His live shows are particularly impressive - it’s hard to believe he performs with such a full and busy sound when there’s only him on the stage.

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  • grendelis

    Living cultural tradition. Wonderful :)

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • sedatedchaos

    could someone maybe possibly send me lullabies for big babies, or, well, any of his albums? i don't have a job bro

    15 Feb 2010 Reply
  • snpm

    He busted a string at Sidmouth once, didn't phase him a jot. Went accapella into summat or other fab to listen to while he restrung it on the spot, hummed when the string was in his teeth. Alpha male. Friendly strength personified.

    31 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Prolescum

    I've seen Rory a few times, he is a legend of our times.

    24 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Alezed

    At Moseley Rory was amazing just fabulous and I think that more people should hear his music!

    8 Sep 2007 Reply
  • hdickins

    Ah, Rory. He is the most incredible performer. I've only seen him once too; but I was amazed at all the different sounds that he makes - all at the same time! And such big-hearted songs.

    27 Apr 2007 Reply
  • mihco

    rory's the most amazing talent ive been able to witness...close up. he's too amazing and ive only heard him live once and would love to see him again.

    30 Dec 2006 Reply
  • Nortype

    Met Rory at the Beautiful Days festival last year. He wondered up to our campfire and played some of his songs. Would love to see him play again.

    14 Dec 2006 Reply
  • nightflyer69

    Best Songwriter the UK has produced, brilliant performer as well.

    4 Nov 2006 Reply
  • boobookittyfcuk

    ahh, I used to love seeing Rory Mcleod at Greenpeace benefits in Ipswich when I was a nipper. So glad to see he's still going.

    1 Oct 2006 Reply
  • carl-beech

    i'd like to get some guitar tab for rory mcleods music. can somebodt help?

    3 May 2006 Reply

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