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Artist Bio

Born in Yorkshire but a Skye dweller since his youth, Leighton Jones is a singer songwriter who has composed and performed with several prolific Scottish acts - As keyboardist for Scottish Celtic fusion group 'The Peatbog Faeries' he co-wrote and performed on two studio albums Welcome to Dunvegas (2003) and Croftwork (2005), touring internationally with the band throughout Europe, America and Australia. 

 

During this time he formed alternative indie act 'Injuns' - Showcasing a five star lineup and penning 'The kind of intelligently dumb nuggets of pop Mika could only pray for' (The List), they released their genre defying debut album Lionel it's a Complicated World (2006) to critical acclaim. Performances on the major Scottish festival circuit followed, with the band being called upon to support artists as stylistically diverse as Ben Howard, Devon Sproule, Mylo and Buck 65.  

 

Returning to his folk roots in 2009 Leighton formed folk-noir quartet 'The Dead Man's Waltz' for his fourth collaborative studio album release. The haunting and darkly romantic tales of the DMW 'fuse Weimar Cabaret, the accordion of Yann Tiersen and theatriality of Beirut and Bellowhead' (The Herald) combining experimental music, spoken word and film performances to delight audiences at Glasgow's Short Film Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe and The Festival of Death at London's Southbank Centre.  

 

In 2015 Leighton released his immersive debut solo EP All The Way Home - 'Showcasing a palette that spans melancholic piano balladry and traditional folk with a meticulous approach to sound design'  (The Herald) the record was aired on BBC Radio 3's Global Gathering, Radio Scotland's Travelling Folk Show and performed live at St.Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh for the 2016 Hogmanay celebrations. Garnering stylistic  comparisons to Peter Gabriel and the synth pop of the early 80's, the record also draws on the influences of his youth and homelands of Skye and Yorkshire; blending the folk music of the islands with colliery brass bands, wide open moors and mountains, the ocean and big horizons...

In 2016 Leighton returned from Skye to West Yorkshire to study an MA in composition and performance at Leeds college of music. his studies focused on composing song cycles and immersive storytelling, leading to the creation and performance of three musical theatre ‘vignettes’.

in 2019 he released his debut single as ‘beware of trains, in collaboration with Scottish soprano Marie Claire breen’. Combining stylistic elements of the Nouvelle Chanson and European Cabaret tradition, the duo take to the stage in 2019 to present an intimate broken dolls-house live set on piano, toy piano, accordion and vocals.

 
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