Neal & Leandra At Gustavus December 9

Posted on December 9th, 2011 by

Musicians Neal & Leandra

Musicians Neal & Leandra

The Gustavus Artist Series is delighted to bring Gustavus alumni and Red House recording artists Neal & Leandra to the campus for a very special pre-Christmas concert, Friday, December 9, 2011, at Jussi Björling Recital Hall. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available online at Tickets will also be available at the door before the concert.

At the start of their career, folk legend Tom Paxton recognized that Neal & Leandra had that certain something that set them apart. “I’ve heard a half-dozen of their songs already that I believe will be classics,” he wrote. “Do yourself a favor and listen to them now.” Over the years, Paxton’s advice continues to ring true and the songs continue to gain the attention of the music world.

From their meeting at Gustavus to the success of their first cd, Old Love, and nearly 25 years of concerts and recordings, Neal & Leandra have earned their place among the country’s foremost folk artists. They have earned accolades from the press from coast to coast: their concerts “might be as heavenly as listening to angels” and their song writing and “poetic imagery is brilliant.” The Monterey County Herald summed up the artistry of the duo with “the couple creates a mood so simple and direct, yet eloquent, that you can’t help but be drawn into their exquisitely crafted songs.”

Recent releases continue the tradition. The duo’s recording list has grown to include Dancing with a Ghost; Angels and Fools: A Christmas Collection Volume 2; A Dreamer’s Holiday: A Tribute to Perry Como; and Bridge Rail. Neal’s solo recording, It’s Not as Simple as it Seems, features 14 songs that tackle often-difficult issues. Leandra’s solo lullaby album, The Honeysuckle Vine, is perfect for listeners of any age. And rumor has it a new duo CD is in the works.

Tours have taken them to Canada’s Winnipeg Folk Festival and to 45 states — from the Kerrville (Texas) Folk Festival to a tiny coffeehouse in San Luis Obispo, California, from New York’s Carnegie Hall and Minnesota’s famed Guthrie Theater to small-town Louisiana for a concert in a former Confederate hospital. On radio, they’ve made appearances on The Morning Show (Minnesota Public Radio), Fog City Radio (KQED-FM, San Francisco), River City Folk, and Boston’s WUMB.

Their performances are simply remarkable. Do yourself a favor and give yourself an early Christmas present. Bring a friend and spend an evening at Jussi Björling Recital Hall with these two very special musicians, friends and Gusties, Leandra Peak and Neal Hagberg. Tickets for the December 9 concert are available online at and at the door. With underwriting from the Office of Alumni Relations, ticket prices have been set at $15 general admission and $12 general admission for seniors, students and Gustavus staff. Gustavus students attend free with their student ID.

Neal & Leandra’s performance at Jussi Björling Recital Hall begins at 7:30 p.m.

This performance will be streamed live at Neal & Leandra: Home Again.


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