leon marshall

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Leon Marshall is a singer/songwriter from Harrogate, North Yorkshire

What genre would you describe yourself as?

I’ve got a Country-pop sort of sound, I’ve recently been described as Dr Hook meets Jamie Lawson… and yeah I’ll take that!

Who is your main inspiration?

I take inspiration from so many it’s really difficult to pinpoint! I enjoy music from a wide range of artists, from Elvis and 50’s Rock n Roll through to the likes of Cypress Hill and everything in between.

What is your songwriting process (which bits come first?)

It’s usually a lyric that comes first, something will often come to me when I’m out and about and then I’ll hold on to it until I get home and build it from there.

What made you want to start in music?

It was an Elvis Presley special on Stars In Their Eyes, I was about 6 and I wanted to go on as Elvis, so I started to learn the guitar, never made it on to stars in their eyes though!

What is on the horizon for you?

I’ve just finished recording some more tracks in the studio, so I’m looking forward to sharing those with everyone soon, and then just keep writing and playing (and trying to get better at writing and playing!) Then hopefully soon I’ll be getting back on stage in front of big crowds again!

Who would you most like to collaborate with (alive or dead)?

Steven Page. I am, and have been for as long as I can remember, completely besotted with the Barenaked Ladies, especially their early stuff when Steven Page was in the band.

What is your ultimate goal?

I suppose it’d really be to make a comfortable living from music. But I’m big on goals, I like to have lots of mini goals in the background, and add new ones when I can tick one off the list.

If you could cover any song, what would it be?

I do play a few covers, I’m particularly enjoying playing ‘Even Though I’m Leaving’ by Luke Combs at the moment.

Tea making: milk first or last?

You’ll wish you hadn’t asked.

This isn’t quite as straight forward as milk first or last, there are 7 steps to consider. 1st, it has to be Yorkshire Tea, no other bag meets the grade. 2nd water first, and then stage one stirring, this is a gentle stir alternating between clockwise and anti-clockwise. 3rd let it brew, step away from the cup and watch over the greatness of the brew you are soon to enjoy. 4th squeeze and remove the bag, again, this is a gentle squeeze, nobody wants to ruin the last sup by chewing on leaves. 5th add the milk, just a splash, semi-skimmed. 6th the stage two stir, this needs to be a firmer stir than the first, and clockwise. Don’t fall at this penultimate hurdle by stirring anti-clockwise.  The 7th step signifies the completion of a successful brew, for a lone cup three single taps of the spoon on the rim of the cup are sufficient, for multiple brews, get your groove on with a simple melody using all cups. Feel free to get experimental with the final stage, play around with different cup material, I’m particularly fond of a heavy stoneware mug for the bass notes, a standard ‘Easter Egg’ style mug for the tenor, a tin camping mug works for the alto, and china for the soprano. See what works for you.

Tell us your funniest joke!

I wish I could, I’m useless at jokes. I’m one of those that’ll start laughing at the punchline before I’ve told it. Nobody wants to hear the first half of a joke and then me laughing like a toddler for the last half!

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