One such person in my life is an amazing musician and mentor, a creator, a motivator, someone who embraces the magic of bringing people together and sharing something special – through music. This person is also a good friend of mine and I feel very lucky for the gift of his friendship. This is Mattie Barker, who I met almost 10 years ago when he was running an open mic with my house-mate at the time (and current band mate) Kieran Richardt.
These boys would set up early every Sunday morning at the Cave in Nobby Beach, where droves of people would come down to share a story, a joke a poem or a strum. And I was there most weeks, half nervous in anticipation of the tap on my shoulder to say “Katie you’re up next”.. (me? I cant sing.. said my holding back head voice.. but I did it anyway). Silently I had a little heart attack every time. I’m so greatful that Mattie and that whole supportive crowd at the Cave gave me (and everyone who had a go) that little push. Never had I really envisaged playing in front of people outside my own lounge room, but I’m greatful for the opportunity that has undoubtedly and infinitely been the groundwork for where I sit today as a nature lover, music artist and positive people person in my community. Mattie is still an irrepressible force in my life who unknowingly (?) and continually inspires me. So a few words I have to say to this man – thankyou and in his words ‘the highest’.
To our delight, we were featured in More Gold Coasts top 15 songs of 2015, for our recently released single 'Cold River'. It was a collection of songs that was chosen to “…Capture the diversity of genre and talent coming out of the Gold Coast right now.” – Sam Morris, More Gold Coast. Some other local acts that were in the mix included our amazing fellow musicians and friends Ella Fence, Tijuana Cartel, Hussy Hicks as well as Baltimore Gun Club and Hanlon Brothers! We are ever grateful for all the support we have been receiving from our local community of friends, family, media folk and fellow creatives:
Leopold's Treat are in concert pitch for full rehearsal mode, with an amazing band to help launch the album 'Cold River' on Saturday 10th October at Dust Temple on the Gold Coast. Still some tickets available and we would love to see you there - follow this link to get yours:www.leopoldstreat.yapsody.com
This is shaping up to be a very special evening for us (and hopefully you too!) - with a support performance by beautiful local trio ELLA FENCE, amongst other captivating performance artists and some live art to warm up your night!
Feeling very lucky to be surrounded by such a wonderful and supportive team and creative family. So far we have these people (and you, and probably others too) to thank for sharing the ride:
Scott French – sound engineer at Love St Studios, banjo, mando, drums
Mik Eastermann - Drums
Crick Boue - Double bass
Neil McLeod - Low clarinet, harmonica & flute
Mattie Barker - Harmonica
Sarah Dern - Bass guitar
Lani Motiekaitis - Harmonies (& the occasional drum & bass)
Special mention from me (Kate) going out to Dave Honeyman & Kieran Richardt, my brothers in music and inspiration!
Affirmations have been and continue to be such a beautiful tool for growth and reminding me of little truths. An awesome affirmation for everyday use: ‘YOU ARE powerful. You accept things as they are, free from the distraction of what could be, should be and might be.’
Thank YOU for such a warm and supportive response to our 'Cold River' single launch on the 27th August. Here's a clip of the full interview and live performance with Matt Webber at 91.7 ABC Coast fm yesterday afternoon during drive time. Greatful to be sharing in this musical journey with Kieran Richardt and David Honeyman (and EVERYone else who jumps on on and off this crazy little train). x Kate. P.S. You can stream the interview and live song HERE:
A shout out to Samantha Morris from Blank Magazine who has been incredibly supportive!! We have a couple of things going on in the local rags next edition, including a wonderful song review and link to our live stream of the single on sound cloud. You can also get a sneak peek of the album cover – artwork by amazing local artist Rebecca Cunningham! So get on the lookout for your September Edition of Blank Magazine and check it out!.. YOU CAN ALSO STREAM IT RiGHT HERE NOW:
I was just going through some recent photos of mine, as i often do and a few stood out to me - these were pictures of women in music, i have taken at a few gigs this year. These images inspired me to write a post and share some things i like about these amazing music artists. Ella Fence! A young songstress and friend who has just launched her first EP, and it is sounding amazing. I was lucky to have a sneak peek. One night on the way home from dinner and music, Steph asked if i would like to have a listen while we were driving home. YES! Of course i did. And what a beautiful, mindblowing treat. The recording and production had taken the music of Ella Fence to a whole new awesome place. The single launch night at Cambus Wallace was enjoyed by all who came along to pack out the narrow yet well enamoured establishment. I could tell that everyone was there for Steph and that she was well supported in her musical journey. Katie who: A Brissie girl who has been playing some gigs around the GC and recently had her EP Launch at the wonderful Dust Temple. A good turn out for Katie on the night saw friends and fans enjoying the upbeat, storytelling sounds. I captured a couple of these moments on camera. Katie has been working hard to get her music out there. You go girl! Elena B Williams: Blew my mind (again). This time it was supporting the benefit concert put on by Toni Childs and co at the Crystal Castle just outside of Mullumbimby - to raise funds for the 'Help Rebuild Nepal' project. this woman has a powerful voice and seems so grounded in song, i don't know how she can walk! Bird Bird Bird she did point and sing as three birds flew overhead during a freestyle acoustic song in front of the 100's that turned up to support the cause. Applause erupted. Total Wowism.
What a very special event to be a part of - and one of our biggest audiences yet! We are all quite comfortable playing together now, so with this in mind, we stepped on stage and played three songs we knew so well. With a fantastic response from the audience. but we were just a small part of what was a very special evening. The African Children's Choir had been travelling up the coast on their bus, playing shows to packed houses and bowling clubs on the way. And they blew our minds. These kids, who were on tour from Uganda with an incredible support crew - are amazing! The show is infused with energy, spirit, strength and heart. At times, they moved at light speed and at others, they share their words with an essence of stillness. These kids have something in them. A strength and determination that inspires and wows the audience. It was a true gift to have shared the stage with these kids and to have been introduced as uncle and auntie, welcomed back stage with hugs and big smiling faces as they ironed their clothes and did their hair in preparation for the show. These kids have something special. Its so cool that the African Childrens Choir can make such a huge change, through providing this worldly experience of touring with the show, as well as schooling them in Uganda to help them achieve their dreams. When i grow up i want to be a lawyer, doctor, painter, social worker - THIS IS MY DREAM. These kids know their dream. What is yours? Such a powerful affirmation - to state out to the ether what your dream is. Something that we could all benefit from. To create a good intention for ourselves and the greater good of human experience. We are what we think, feel, eat, sing.
It is with most excitement that i announce - we have finished the recording, mixing and mastering of our first full length album! The first listen of the mastered version was literally music to my ears and i wondered who that was.. Surely not little ol' Kate leopold!? Wow, how amazing those musicians who gave so much time and heart to make this all come together. The finished product is beyond what i could have wished for in dreams. So much gratitude for all involved and special mention to Scott French at Love Street Studio who recorded us - and at the same time did so much more. Scotty is the kind of guy who can easily get in tune with your ideas and help bring them to life - he saw the train leaving downtown ol 'mississippi and jumped on board for the ride. He is an intuitive and creative sort who has a priceless knack with easy communication and patience. Have i said easy a couple of times? This whole journey has been smooth, exciting and EASY (well, from a technical perspective) - as a singer, i faced the challenges of finding my voice in the studio. How do i really find the depth of the voice and connect to it - and portray that when i'm standing in a little sound proof room with headphones on hearing my own voice in my ears - a sensation not always conducive to a relaxed atmosphere. So i listened deeply to the recording and remembered the feeling of playing with the band, embraced the message of the song and allowed the inner eagle to take flight. Most importantly i remembered to BREATHE, LET GO a little and ENJOY the ride.
Now for the next stages - album art, printing AND getting it out there! If you would like to order a pre-release copy of the cd. Please contact us here by clicking the 'contact' tab up above :)
On the 29th March, Kate, Dave and Kieran got down to Country Paradise Parklands to warm up the coasts biggest tree planting day with their unique blend of original experimental acoustic folk music! Having strong roots in the field of environmental science, Leopold's Treat are known for their support of events that develop community awareness around conservation, sustainability and the environment. Heres what front lady Kate Leopold had to say:
"It is a real treat to work with Naomi Edwards and the team from Gold Coast Catchments, to step outside my own role as a science educator and be able to share music at this kind of event, as well as getting amongst it all, planting some trees and talking to the people there. This kind of event is a unique collaboration between community, local environmental groups and artists like us and local artist Elysium Greene, who spent the morning painting a mural to represent the tree planting day. Somewhat of an holistic approach to encourage people to give back to their environment and enjoy what it has to offer."