At heart, Canadian singer-songwriter Jerry Leger is driven by a quest to convey in his own manner the purity embedded in the grooves of the vintage rock, country and blues recordings he so dearly loves. This trait attracted support from fellow singer/songwriters like Doug Paisley, Jim Lauderdale, Ron Sexsmith (who has called him “one of the best songwriters I’ve heard in quite some time”)and his staunchest ally, producer and label head Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies, who signed Jerry to his label, Latent Recordings in 2013. He has been called “one of Canada’s best” by Exclaim! and a “gifted storyteller” by The Toronto Star. His latest release, ‘Nonsense and Heartache’ is a 2-record set showcasing the two major musical sides of him. The idea was sphere headed by Timmins with ‘Nonsense’ displaying Leger’s rock ‘n’ roll and bluesy grit while ‘Heartache’ is a more folk-roots-melodic expression. Employing his distinctive live-off-the-floor recording approach on ‘Nonsense And Heartache’, Timmins focused on capturing the chemistry between Leger and his incredible long time band: multi-instrumentalist James McKie, bassist Dan Mock and drummer Kyle Sullivan, “The Situation.”
“Canadian singer-songwriter drenched in talent. Leger needs to get himself over here, sooner the better!” – Maurice Hope, Americana UK
“One of the best songwriters I’ve heard in quite some time.” – Ron Sexsmith
Born and raised in the shadow of the Mourne Mountains in the North of Ireland, Matt McGinn has been a lynch-pin on the Irish music scene for a quite a while. Having travelled the world backing major artists, it was the release of his second album in 2015, ‘Latter Day Sinner’ that truly stamped his authority as a songwriter and performer. March ’18 saw the release of his latest long-play, ‘The End of the Common Man’. Recorded between Ireland and Nashville, it’s already making waves with its poignant message.
Daily Telegraph music editor, Martin Chilton, listed ‘Latter Day Sinner’ in his top folk albums of that year. The first track, ‘I’m not Looking Down Anymore’, won Matt a coveted place on the Electric Picnic’s Cosby Stage.
In 2018, Matt’s project ‘Lessons of War’ will take him around the world collaborating with some incredible musicians from countries affected by conflict and war.
“Darkest Before the Day, what a truly beautiful track… Matt, your album is superb. I’ve seen Matt play live, he’s fantastic… and Latter Day Sinner is a beautiful album.” BOB HARRIS – Radio 2