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Parque Aquilino Ribeiro
July 9th - 9:15pm

Heather Leigh will be playing new songs alongside selected pieces from the albums Abused AnimalThrone and Glory Days specially chosen to suit Parque Aquilino Ribeiro.

Length – 45′


The daughter of a coal miner, weaving a trail from West Virginia to Texas to Scotland, Heather Leigh is a musician and songwriter who furthers the vast unexplored reaches of pedal steel guitar. Her playing is as physical as it is phantom, combining spontaneous compositions with psychedelic folk and industrial-strength progressive rock. With a rare combination of sensitivity and strength, Leigh’s steel mainlines sanctified slide guitar and deforms it using hypnotic tone-implosions, juggling walls of bleeding amp tone with choral vocal constructs and wrenching single note ascensions. 2015’s I Abused Animal (Ideologic Organ) was a turning point, a breakthrough album that marked her first venture into professional studio recording. Throne (Editions Mego) is an album of punch-drunk desire clouded by peripheral danger. After the rawness of its precursor, Throne is a record of late-night Americana and heavy femininity; a suite of alluring heartbleed ballads cauterised with burning riffs, its melodies and hooks set alight with the fiery core of her unique and distinctive pedal steel. Her latest album, the critically acclaimed Glory Days (Boomkat Editions) was recorded at home with the window open during lockdown in Glasgow.

Leigh’s work explores themes of glamour, abuse, sexual instinct, desire, romance, vulnerability, memory, shadow, fantasy, jealousy, cruelty, delusion, deception and projection.