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Witches Leap

Witches Leap take the dark modal sounds of old Ireland, filter them through the hanging swamps of the Blue Mountains and cut them with original convict-noir folk songs of black bushrangers and errant redcoats. Born out of the kitchen table sessions of County Katoomba, this trio features the ancient earthy tones of the uilleann pipes, wooden Irish flute and bouzouki, along with acclaimed songwriting from Paddy Connor (Lime and Steel). With original tunes springing from the local sandstone and mythology, Irish trad music goes on a journey through the grit of early New South Wales.

 
No upcoming events at the moment

Past Events

  • Folk Picnic with Milan Dhiiyaan
    Junction 142
  • The Loaded Dog
    The Loaded Dog
  • Troubadour Folk Club
    CWA Hall
  • Studio Folk Club
    62 Beardy St
  • Tintenbar Hall
    Tintenbar Hall
  • Fairlight Folk
    William St Studios
  • Witches and Aurochs at Petersham Bowlo
    Petersham Bowling Club
  • Old City Bank Bar
    The Carrington Hotel
  • Witches at Blackheath Folk
    The New Ivanhoe Hotel
  • St Albans Folk Festival!
    Saint Albans
  • Hotel Blue - Blue Mts Music Festival Weekend
    Hotel Blue & Conference Centre
  • Port Kembla Servo Food Truck Bar with Wolf Gordon (1)
    The Servo Food Truck Bar
  • Folk Picnic w/- Senor Cabrales in Katoomba
    Junction 142
  • Port Kembla Servo Food Truck Bar with Wolf Gordon
    The Servo Food Truck Bar
  • Whoa Mule & Witches Leap @Petersham Bowlo
    Petersham Bowling Club
  • Old City Bank Bar, Katoomba
    Old City Bank Brasserie
  • Katoomba: Hotel Blue
    Hotel Blue & Conference Centre
  • Whoa Mule & Witches Leap @Petersham Bowlo
    Petersham Bowling Club
  • With Jhana Allan at Studio Folk Club, Armidale
    62 Beardy St
  • Witches Leap at No.5 Church, Bellingen
    5 Church Street
  • 2018 Folk By The Sea
    Kiama
  • Witches Leap at The Black Box, Dubbo
    Location is TBD
  • Sing Up The Power - Benefit gig in Gulgong
    Prince of Wales Opera House
  • The Blue Mts Line - Petersham Bowlo
    Petersham Bowling Club - Basement Room
  • Porch Light Sessions
    Petersham Bowling Club
  • Metro Social with Brid Harper and Dermot Byrne
    Katoomba
  • Hornsby Folk Club
    Beatrice Taylor Hall
  • Blackheath Folk Club
    New Ivanhoe Hotel
  • Blue Mountains Folk Festival
    Katoomba
  • Paragon folk Presents Witches Leap and Whoa Mule!
    Katoomba
  • lllawarra Folk Club
    Wollongong RSL
  • With Mandy Connell at the Paragon
    Location TBD
  • The Garden of Earthly Delights
    Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tom
  • With the Vanishing Shapes
    Location TBD

Had a few great fun gigs recently.

Mt Tomah Garden of Earthly Delights was a joyful morning

and we've just had wonderful Friday night of Paragon Folk Presents with Melbourne's Mandy Connell.

Keep an eye out for future Paragon Folk Presents concerts, as we're aiming to corale as many great acoustic touring acts as we can when they come through the Mountains and put on intimate concerts in the iconic Paragon Cafe in Katoomba. Check out video of the two events below:

The Mountain Road and the Rocky Road to Megalong from Paragon Folk Presents

Excerpts from the Mt Tomah Garden of Earthly Delights

Spring's here, so it's time

to head out into the garden.

More mucking around at home with Black Mary.

 

Paddy's song about Tasmania's remarkable Aboriginal female bushranger. A story that really deserves to be told.

This is our first video. Keep an eye peeled for an outpouring of creativity over the coming couple of weeks.

Playing around at home with the Mountain Road and Paddy's Rocky Road To Megalong

The Empty Kitchen and

The Laurel Tree. Two more tunes. This time recorded

at practice in Paddy's kitchen.

 

The second tune is a session favourite, but the first one was written by Paddy about this very kitchen . . . only then

it was empty.

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