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"Land and Sea - seriously well-crafted songs" (August 2017)

After many years on the band circuit, Glasgow-born Bob Leslie has gone acoustic, written some seriously well-crafted songs in the Scottish vein and re-launched himself into the folk scene with two well-received albums and his new Land And Sea.

From the despair and the smouldering anger of the razed engine works in 'The World Came To Springburn' and the bitter Highland Clearances ('Cape Breton') to the typical Glasgow irony in 'Big Dead Bob', his wit and his writing are much to be commended.

Mick Tems
FolkWales Online Magazine
http://folk.wales/magazine

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"Land And Sea - Bob Leslie, comes with a guarantee that you'll
listen and enjoy" (August, 2017)

Craft a perceptive lyric, possess a voice suffused with richness, and write tunes that linger in the mind, and there's a fair chance your work will generate considerable repute. True though that might be, it's my contention that Bob Leslie deserves wider recognition as lyricist, songwriter and singer.

Following on from In a Different World and Fat Cat comes his latest album: Land and Sea. It's a collection of memorable narratives with inspiration taken from legend, history, folklore and personal invention. "The World Came To Springburn" glories in the Age of Steam and laments its passing, the old ways and tales permeate "The Seanachai", and the ever-roving Scots are remembered in "Sir Alexander Leslie".

There's a sense of identity to these songs, driven by an understanding of the art of telling stories in song - listen to "Tho We Lang Syne landit Oan Fair Isle", the mournful "Cape Breton", and the moving "The Church of San Pedro, El Viejo",and you'll understand.

Charlie Elland
Folk Words
folkwords.com

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"Land and Sea - a gemstone of the folk genre" (August, 2017)

Bob Leslie performs incredibly well, a statesman with more than a declaration of intent or a piece of paper suggesting politically ideal folk in our time. In tracks such as "The World Came To Springburn", "Orkneyjar", "Tho We Lang Syne Landit Oan Fair Isle" and the excellent "Her Father Called Me Frankenstein", the Land and Sea join to make one storm and tidal wave of enjoyment, of reckoning and sincere thought, one enough to set the sail and weave a passage across time and personal memory, the reflection of all that has gone before.

Land and Sea
never stands in the way of thetruth, time and tide only adds
perspective to the grace in which the story teller excels; it is one in which Bob Leslie strides out into the deeper waters and plunges his hand into riptide, only to pull out a gemstone of the Folk genre.

Ian D. Hall
Liverpool Sound and Vision
liverpoolsoundandvision.co.uk

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"Land and Sea - you will be hooked until the very last song"
(August 2017)

It's a delight to hear such a well-written and produced collection of original music. Bob Leslie had me laughing, then crying, and then singing-along with his new CD, Land & Sea. His breadth of knowledge and experience shows through in every line. Listen to the first track, "The World Came to Springburn," and you will be hooked until the very last song - "Big Dead Bob" - a funny song to bring the album to a close. Well done, Bob Leslie!

Liz Browning Fox
Celtic! Old World to New Age
Radio Hatteras, N. Carolina, USA

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"Land and Sea - more gusto than a chill highland wind"
(November, 2017)

Land and Sea, an album that captures the mists and winds of the Scottish land and seascapes via twelve original songs from this fine singer songwriter. Each song presents an enchanting narrative wrapped in poetic Scottish dialect and backed by stirring strings and whistles. "Sir Alexander Leslie", for example, tells the tale of the First Earl of Leven, "Bess Millie" pays tribute to the "spaewife o owld Stromness toun" whilst "Cape Breton" and "Tho We Lang Syne Landit oan Fair Isle" revisit historical subject matter with more gusto than a chill highland wind.

There's also a generous serving of Bob's singular humour, especially on "Her Father Called Me Frankenstein" and "Big Dead Bob", each providing some giggles on this tapestry of historical ballads and heartfelt odes to Leslie's beloved Scotland.

Liam Wilkinson
Northern Sky Magazine
http://www.northernskymag.com

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