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Healers visit McGing’s

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‘RAW AND HEARTFELT’ Leila Jane, who will perform in Westport with her band, The Healers, this Friday.

Leila Jane & The Healers will play in McGing’s, High Street, this Friday, March 1, at 10pm. The Ballad of Adam & Eve will provide support.
Leila Jane grew up in both London and Donegal. She began writing songs at age 15 after listening to the full recordings of the 1930s blues player Robert Johnson. After an appearance at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2013, Leila Jane was described as ‘Somewhere between Janis Joplin and Sandy Denny’. Since then, she has been gigging widely and travelling to the US to pick up inspiration for her songs.
Taking influences from all genres of American roots music, Leila’s voice captures both gritty raw tones and smooth sweet melodies. A hauntingly brilliant bluesy tremolo comes through when a song’s passions run high and can soften again into a delicate intimacy.
In 2015, Leila received the Imelda May scholarship to study songwriting at BIMM Dublin. Here, she has enjoyed developing her sound and bringing in some top musicians to play in her band. They include beautiful vocal harmonies from Sarah Deegan, rock ’n’ roll guitar playing from Stuart Doyle, Italian Alice Grollero on bass and Dubliner Danni Nolan on drums.
Leila Jane embraces the magic of the Delta Blues and combines it with the sweet-sounding tones of ’50s rock ’n’ roll and country music with a soulful twist. Her raw and heartfelt lyrics display a deep emotional intelligence rarely found in someone of her youthful years.
The Ballad of Adam & Eve, a country rock blues band, also features Stuart Doyle, who has  played with Cathy Davey, mixed Republic Of Loose, edited drums for Mundy and is a member of the Salty Dog Allstars – the classic album band who grace the Salty Dog Stage every year at Ireland’s Electric Picnic Festival. He also worked with musical director Stephen Rennicks on the music for Lenny Abrahamson’s movie ‘Frank’, recording Michael Fassbender and Jack White’s drummer, Carla Azar.

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