Kiran Leonard announces UK tour; shares free EP

Kiran Leonard announces UK tour; shares free EP


“You can’t escape the feeling you’re in the presence of a true one-off” NME live review [8/10]
“’Geraldo’s Farm’ offers skittering lo-fi electro weirdness with more going on than bigger bands manage over an entire album” MOJO ****

Kiran Leonard has announced a new tour for spring, with five March headline shows including dates at Manchester’s Gullivers and London’s Shacklewell Arms. Kiran will be ably backed by his permanent band which made their debut almost a year ago at the BBC Radio 6 Music festival, and will be performing songs from his forthcoming new LP Grapefriuit (release anticipated later this year)

16th March – Sheffield, The Harley – TICKETS
17th March – Manchester, Gullivers – TICKETS
18th March – London, Shacklewell Arms – TICKETS
19th March – Newcastle, Cumberland Arms – TICKETS
20th March – Glasgow, Glad Cafe – TICKETS



Kiran has also shared a brand new EP Terreiro do Paço, available from his Bandcamp page now. In addition to new songs, it features a cover of Washington Phillips’ ‘Mother’s Last Words To Her Son’ (1927) and an guitar electric guitar rendering of ‘A Purpose’, which first appeared on his debut double album Bowler Hat Soup.

‘Geraldo’s Farm’ (Field Music remix)
‘Geraldo’s Farm’ live at 6 Music Festival
‘Geraldo’s Farm’ original version

Just before Christmas, Kiran was commissioned by Manchester compadres Everything Everything to write and perform an original piece of music to celebrate the reopening of Manchester’s Central Library. Derevaun Seraun was based on five novels and arranged for voice, piano and strings.

Kiran Leonard is a mercurially talented 19-year-old musician from Oldham, Greater Manchester. The debut double, Bowler Hat Soup, was released in late 2013 as an original limited run of 300 vinyl copies, and his music has won acclaim from publications as diverse as The Guardian, NME, Pitchfork, The Line Of Best Fit, The Quietus and Mojo.

Three singles from the album were playlisted by BBC Radio 6 Music, who also featured it as an Album Of The Day, and Kiran was invited to perform on both the Marc Riley and Lauren Laverne shows. Kiran was also invited to co-present a special edition of the Freak Zone with Stuart Maconie, made a guest appearance on Steve Lamacq’s Round Table, and has performed live on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row programme.

“Kiran Leonard makes manic, rippingly good music”Drowned in Sound
“It’s worth reminding yourself that the swarming deeps, lo-fi thumbprints and careworn erudition of Bowler Hat Soup would represent a career-best achievement for a preternatural craftsman of any age” – Record Collector
“there’s so much depth (before we even get to Leonard’s fascinating vocal yelps and stream-of-consciousness lyrics) and variety it’s verging on the unbelievable that it was written before he was even out of school” The Line Of Best Fit
“…without a doubt the most invigorating song I’ve heard all year”Pitchfork

“He’s supremely, eclectically gifted – meet the Manc mutha of invention”The Guardian

Read an interview with Kiran Leonard from The Quietus


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