Some artists still feel like a secret long after they've been told. Leif Vollebekk is one of these treasures. Born in Ottawa, Canada, he taught himself music using instruments inherited from his grandfather: harmonica, guitar, piano, an old fiddle. Although he began with songs on the radio, his own originals started coming too, especially during a year spent in Iceland gigging around Reykjavik, practicing his burled Icelandic and trying out new refrains.
Vollebekk released his debut album in 2010. Recorded and mixed in just ten days, Inland was the first record recorded on Breakglass Studios' newly-acquired 1968 Neve console, the very same board used on Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti. Described as "beautiful, memorable and moving" by NPR and "timeless and monumental" by London's Independent, North Americana.
As his records collected acclaim, Vollebekk hit the road, staging multiple North American, British and European tours, repeat performances at credible International festivals including an appearance at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival – hailed by Amazon Music as one of the event's most memorable moments. Along the way, he's shared stages with artists including Gregory Alan Isakov, Angie McMahon, Natalia Laforcade, Sinéad O'Connor, Angus & Julia Stone among the many names.