Leonie Evans is a peripatetic musician who was born on the edge of London and Kent. She’s been performing since the age of 5 and has never stopped. Her output to date has included two exquisite albums of dreamy, jazzy, unclassifiable song craft as part of the Bristol-based quartet Rae, plus a handful of small runs of homemade CDs she’s sold along the way of her endless, meandering tour of everywhere (in recent years, she’s been living an itinerant life from tour to tour, travelling around Britain & Europe with occasional excursions to Japan & the USA). But what sets her apart from just a discography & list of tour dates are the countless guest vocals, collaborations, DIY video sessions, stints in the streets and jazz clubs of New Orleans, spontaneous jams at parties and festivals and, perhaps most precious of all, the sprawling web of connections growing between Leonie & her ever-expanding family of musical sisters & brothers.
One day she decided she was going to travel around England with her guitar & rucksack, visiting some of her favourite bands & recording a single song with each. So she did. Her first “real” solo album, Collaborations Volume 1, sees the perfect execution of a wonderfully spontaneous Leonie Evans.
“I was just blown away by her” Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6
“Jazz and Folk flirt en route to New Orleans via Canterbury with Evans’ slinky, supple vocal…One slot on Later with Jools Holland is all it would take” Prog Magazine