The Toy Hearts are excited to host an evening of live music with their Austin friends, Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay. Join them on Sunday 9th November at The Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham for a night of Western Swing, Country and Honky Tonk music, with a set from each act. Tickets are £10.00, prebook through the below link, although admission WILL also be available on the doors, which open at 8.00pm, full details below.
Event Ticket Link: https://www.theticketsellers.co.uk/tickets/the-toy-hearts-present-brenne...
"Noel and Brennen are great songwriters." --Guy Clark
"Before the World Was Made is a witty, heartfelt record of dusty barroom shuffles, sassy two-steps and ethereal country-folk. It's informed by the vintage duets of George Jones and Melba Montgomery, as well as the more modern pairing of John Prine and Iris DeMent." --Chicago Tribune
"McKay and Leigh, both accomplished songwriters, together ooze the kind of charm that can't be forced, winding through love songs both playful and sincere." --Austin Chronicle
Brennen Leigh is a songwriter, multi instrumentalist and singer whose to-the-point storytelling style has elevated her to newfound cult status in Europe, across the United States, South America and most notably in her native Austin, Texas. Only slightly less famous for her musicianship, it's easy to see why she's caught the ear of greats like legendary Lubbock fiddler Tommy Hancock (widely regarded as the godfather of West Texas music), who was quoted as saying of Leigh's work; "It's great to hear music that affects you on an intellectual level as well as makes you want to dance".
All musical and performing prowess aside, the thing Brennen has become most famous for is her whip-smart songwriting. Her songs have been recorded by the likes of Lee Ann Womack, Sunny Sweeney, and the Carper Family among others. She has collaborated with songwriting greats such as Jim Lauderdale, John Scott Sherrill and David Olney. Fans flock to hear her perform whatever new composition she has added to her already astounding catalogue of songs. When not on tour, Brennen Leigh splits her time between Austin, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee.
Noel McKay is a songwriter who was raised in Lubbock, Texas and The Texas Hill Country. His songs have taken him across the United States and all over the world. In 1993 he was discovered by songwriting legend Guy Clark while performing his songs at a venue in Kerrville, Texas. Clark's mentorship has been a key component to Noel's success as a songwriter. In the 2000s Noel had several regional hits across the state of Texas with his BROTHER Hollin McKay in the band McKay BROTHERS. Those songs can still be heard from time to time getting spun on TexasRadio stations and satellite radio. These days Noel can be found playing his songs to packedhouses of astute listeners both stateside and in Europe. He's recently discovered the art of co-writing and has written songs with greats such as Guy Clark, Richard Dobson, David Olney, John Scott Sherrill, Shawn Camp and Brennen Leigh. Recently Leigh has become Noel McKay's Songwriting and duet partner and their collaborations have garnered wide acclaim. When not on the road, Noel splits his time between Austin and Nashville.