PAST SHOWS -
SEP 1st SAT Water Street Inn Stillwater
AUG 31st FRI Charlie’s Pub Stillwater
AUG 15th WED Hook & Ladder Minneapolis
AUG 11th SAT Riverside Stage Irish Fair MN (Leslie Rich & The Black Cabs)
AUG 11th SAT Workshop Tent Irish Fair MN (MY HISTORY OF THE NORTH)
AUG 9th THU Finnegan’s Pub Tent St Paul (Leslie SOLO)
JUN 2nd SAT Hook & Ladder Minneapolis (Hounds Of Finn)
JUN 1st FRI Celtic Junction Arts Center, St Paul (MY HISTORY OF THE NORTH)
MAR 24th SAT Maple Street Chapel Lombard Illinois
MAR 17th SAT Water Street Inn Stillwater (Hounds Of Finn)
MAR 16th FRI Charlie's Pub Stillwater (Hounds Of Finn)
FEB 16th FRI The Acadia Minneapolis (Leslie SOLO)
FEB 10th SAT The Warming House Celebration Series (Leslie SOLO)
JAN 26th FRI The Warming House Minneapolis (My History Of The North)
DEC 22nd FRI Minneapolis Eagles #34
DEC 14th Thur The Whiskey Junction Minneapolis
DEC 2nd SAT Vieux Carre St Paul (Leslie SOLO)
NOV 17th FRI Minneapolis Eagles #34
NOV 9th THUR The Whiskey Junction Minneapolis
OCT 12th THUR The Whiskey Junction Minneapolis
AUG 19th SAT KP Summer Party Wisconsin (Leslie SOLO)
JUL 13th THUR The Whiskey Junction Minneapolis
JUN 17th SAT Stone Arch Festival - STAR TRIBUNE STAGE
JUN 16th FRI The Whiskey Junction (Leslie SOLO)
MAY 26th FRI The Driftwood Char Bar Minneapolis
APR 28/29th FRI/SAT Charlie's Pub Stillwater (Leslie SOLO)
APR 22nd SAT The Acadia Minneapolis (EP Release)
MAR 31st FRI The Spot Fergus Falls
MAR 27th MON Mayo Clinic Rochester (Leslie SOLO)
MAR 18th SAT The Warming House MSP (SOLD OUT)
MAR 17th FRI Charlie's Pub Stillwater (Leslie SOLO)
MAR 10th FRI Whiskey Junction MSP
FEB 24/25th FRI/SAT Charlie's Pub Stillwater
Jan 20th FRI The Black Dog St Paul (Leslie SOLO)
JAN 13th FRI The Acadia MSP
Leslie grew up in Belfast in the 70's, when it was the norm to have soldiers patrolling the streets and to be searched by a heavily armed police force just to go shopping downtown.
He turned to music to stay out of trouble and started performing solo shows in many of the city’s bars. He was privileged enough to open for many of his idols over that time. In 1994 The Rocket Soul Choir was formed, growing a following and releasing two albums on Northern Ireland’s, Immortal Recordings label - 1999’s Geek Love and 2001’s The Written Lie. This version of the band toured Ireland, the UK and Scandinavia.
On a solo trip through the Midwest back in 1997 he met Jason Wahl and Michael Jorgensen from the band Homo Jenkins and they started to perform together off and on as the RSC. This was a major factor in Leslie’s decision to emigrate in 2004 and now considers Minneapolis to be his home.
During the years since emigrating, Leslie became the principal songwriter, guitarist and singer for bands like A Little Of The Ready and the Celtic folk band, Hounds Of Finn. Jason and Michael meanwhile went on to join Minnesota punk band, The Skullcranes, but in October 2014 Jason and Leslie started to talk again about the RSC. Jason suggested Minneapolis music scene stalwart, Pete Boulger, who had been introduced earlier while drumming for Church Of Cash. Pete had been in a ton of great Minneapolis bands over the years; Dander, The Grande Machine and along with Jason, Sawbones.
The trio have just released a 5 track 12" vinyl EP, Kidder's Son, on the Loud Folk label.
Pulled together from an expanding catalogue of songs from Leslie, the tracks revolve around fearlessness and faith (Blindly Moving Anyway), hope for the future and overcoming past mistakes (Kidder's Son), day old love (Long Line Of Fools), spirituality (Kind Of A Love Song) and coping with rejection (Qualified). It's a hopeful and forceful record. Broken apart, production feels sparse, but it's all the more punchy for it.
Kidder's Son is available in Twin Cities record stores as of January 2017.