Colombian-born, now Bellingen-based singer songwriter and guitarist Yhan Leal will perform at The Garden Bar & Kitchen, Frederickton on Saturday, October 12 from 5.30pm, for an evening of live music as the sun sets over the river. Bookings are essential, call 6566 8864.
Yhan Leal biography:
Born the son of Colombian poverty and reprised a migrant under Australia's burnt sun, Leal was raised by an angelic mother in wilderness scrub, he says.
"The youngest of four brothers, I didn't walk the path of a modern nuclear family. Seeking freedom from hardship my eyes and heart opened to a new way of living. Young and hungry I found my path in music."
As a boy growing up in Cali Colombia life wasn't easy, Leal says.
Classical guitar came naturally to Leal, who worked his magic on Lennon, Elvis and Richie Valens. Writing his first compositions to suit his older brother's poetry, Leal nurtured a pure talent for songwriting.
There is no pigeon hole for Leal's music, but if it was to be categorised, the genre might well be post folk -drawing similarities to luminaries Patrick Watson, Devendra Banhart, M.Ward, Angelo De Augustine and Sufjan Stevens.
In 2013 Leal independently released his debut EP Sail Home, followed up by his critically acclaimed ethereally haunting 2015 album Wilderness. Yhan Leal's new album 'Yhan Leal' is now available through www.yhanleal.com.