Jerry Leger with Special Guest Teagan McLaren - June 8 - 8PM


Jerry Leger with Special Guest Teagan McLaren - June 8 - 8PM


Northern Ramble Concerts presents Jerry Leger with Special Guest Teagan McLaren - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20 .

33-year old singer-songwriter Jerry Leger has received praise in Rolling Stone, Pop Matters, Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, No Depression, Americana UK, Exclaim! and from fellow songwriters such as Ron Sexsmith and Michael Timmins (of Cowboy Junkies, who is also Leger's producer/label head at Latent Recordings), yet he's remained somewhat under-the-radar. I'm sure he wouldn't mindcommercial success but perhaps the career as a cult artist suits him better, as in the same fashion as songwriters like John Prine and Tom Waits. Both sold modestly but were highly-regarded artists for half of their careers before becoming musical legends; and like these writers, Leger is prolific, uncompromising and fixated on artistic success. The examples are throughout his already large and impressive body of work. Leger has toured Canada and the States multiple times playing shows with The Sadies, Justin Townes Earle, Jill Barber, labelmates Skydiggers, Ron Sexsmith and Dawes. In 2018 made his European debut with two tours in support of his acclaimed double LP Nonsense and Heartache (Latent/Warner/Proper). They included dates with Trampled By Turtles, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers and the Take Root Fest, sharing the bill with artists such as Neko Case, Kurt Vile, Father John Misty, Shakey Graves, Alejandro Escovedo and more.

Teagan McLaren: Her intimate lyrics are like words torn from her diary, and the music is the glue binding the pages together. Ever since learning to play guitar at the age of 12, Teagan McLaren found harmony in creating music about her personal triumphs and struggles. “The initial challenge for me was not in writing songs, but actually performing them,” she says, “there is an inescapable vulnerability that comes along with revealing your music to the world and hoping that someone will relate to it. That fear was quickly conquered the first time I truly connected with a person over a song I wrote.”

​Gaining her confidence, Teagan gradually upgraded from performing in her living room, to jamming with other musicians at campfires and kitchen parties. It wasn’t until 2012 that her performance career took flight when a few friends convinced her to submit an audition video for the “Billy Idol” competition. The audition video received such positive reviews that Teagan was awarded a seat among the top four finalists, winning the chance to audition in-person for country star Billy Currington.

Since then Teagan has gone on to: release a self-titled EP; place in the top 100 of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Song Quest; win first prize at the Voice of the Rideau competition; open for multi-Juno Award winner Fred Penner, and CCMA nominees The Heartbroken; share the stage annually with Gold Record Award winner, Cliff Edwards, in a Johnny Cash and June Carter tribute show; and earn a Bachelor of Music Degree studying the saxophone.  

Teagan is currently recording her first full-length album in Nashville, Tennessee alongside producer and ACM’s Guitarist of the Year, John Willis. The album is set to be released in the Summer of 2019.   

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