Finally, a year after making their Danny Kyle Open Stage debut and ultimately becoming finalists there, Taylor & Leigh (aka Alex and Heather) got the chance to play Celtic Connections and as expected, they did not disappoint.
They are a brother and sister duo from Edinburgh and Manchester, who write all of their own material and with just two singers and one guitar, they manage to captivate the audience.
Heather has a stunning voice with a great range and so the duo opened with her doing the a capello start to their song ‘Two Steps Ahead Of The Hangman‘ which resonated around the Mitchell Theatre and made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck! That being said, Alex hadn’t plugged the lead into the guitar which made it very quiet however this broke the ice with the audience and they had to start again.
They both took turns in doing lead vocals and, being siblings, they harmonise so well with each other and seem to know just what the other requires. The songs varied from slow ballads to fast blues and lots in between with Alex’s nimble fingers flying on the guitar (a tailor – from which he took the name, rather than be Leigh & Leigh!)
They played and sang a variety of songs from their three albums including the beautiful ‘Different Kinds Of Lonesome’ , ‘Throw Them To The Wolves’, Gambling Man’, ‘Broken Bow’ to a new song ‘Say You’ll Be Mine’. Heather and Alex were a joy to listen to and are a brilliant live act to see. I look forward to hearing their next album.