How could Leafblade’s colours be described? A previous press-cutting may help: a delicate blend of hauntingly acoustic refrains and powerful rock evocations, rich with storytelling imagery and myth. We witness the interweaving of poet’s need for spiritual and intellectual intensity, unfolding life; the Nature Mystical with expanded, Cosmic Consciousness. Celtic Epigram and Arthurian Allegory pervades Leafblade’s ideas. The tapestry is one polyphonic, medieval, ambient, thunderous: it is the Sacred Groves of the Celts; inner landscapes celebrating the Sabbatical Round, season songs and moon poems, souls sprayed with starry nebulae. Lute-like nylon strings combine with dynamic vocals and intricate, rock guitar work, by turns haunting, troubadour-like, far-reaching, articulate, washed through with lush orchestration and percussion…
Critically acclaimed as progressive masters musically, with their profound lyricism, dynamic rock and lush orchestration, Liverpool UK-based power trio Leafblade have flowered with their haunting, acoustic expression since 2004, at the inception of a new collaboration between vocalist/guitarist Sean Jude and bass player Kevin Murphy. Both composer-musicians were active formerly in the Liverpool-based prog metal thunder of Valle Crucis. Widespread European shows, festivals, tours and supports across twenty-five countries have since begin in earnest, promoting Leafblade’s delicate mix of melodic, powerful acoustic refrains and anthemic ‘Celtic’ rock. Leafblade have unveiled a Nature-Mystical ‘green and gold’ resonance combined with a distinctly otherwordly troubadour-like feel: repletely modern, though saturated with age and depth.
Based in Liverpool, UK, Sean Jude, a guitarist since childhood, has celebrated and explored through his poetry and music the power of Dream and Imagination, Nature Mysticism, Hermetics and Human Potential. He has taken further delight in examining the Poet’s response to ‘inner journeying’, traversing our vast Inner Landscapes through reflection and abstraction.
Leafblade released their acclaimed debut album Beyond, Beyond in 2007, the response to which has been superb, pushing Leafblade’s exposure from strength to strength. Leafblade’s follow-on magnum opus, released through Kscope Records, London, the astounding The Kiss of Spirit and Flesh, which Prog Magazine declared to be ‘mesmerising, haunting and profound’, with a full five-star rating, became album of the month on Kscope Records in 2013. Produced by Anathema’s Dan Cavanagh, The Kiss of Spirit and Flesh was hailed as an instant classic, as was opening track Bethlehem, and allowed Leafblade to take further root and five air to the Memory in the Land through the lyricisim of published poet Sean Jude and the skilled instrumentation of the band. The work steps up the dynamics from Beyond, Beyond, with powerful rock refrains, uplifting orchestration and leaden guitar work, to the idiosyncratic lute-like nylon guitar and multi-range vocals.
In 2010, Leafblade saw a burgeoning re-entry onto the UK Pagan and Medieval Festival scene with a spate of shows for both larger crowds and more intimate gatherings. The whole re-flowering has come as a breath of fresh air for Leafblade, given the green brush-strokes to their music. The verdant climes of festical locations across Europe and the UK have created a wonderful synergy and sense of place for Leafblade’s music and subject material; a real sense of home on the Pagan and Medieval Festival scene: a oneness with the mystical, the reflective, the collegiate, all painted with an earthy honesty and a dab of humour.
Drummer, composer and percussion specialist Tom Legg joined Leafblade in 2013, making the outfit a genuine power trio, adding to the dynamics of Kevin Murphy and Sean Jude as individual writers.
Over the years, Leafblade have toured 25 countries, playing many festivals in beautiful castle and mountain locations, and have shared the stage with Anathema, Antimatter, Woven Hands, Cold In Berlin, and Inkubbus Sukkubus, among many. In 2016 Leafblade were featured on an all-time best Kscope Records release album with Jethro Tull, Katatonia and Ulver, have had their music covered, and been continously celebrated on radio and internet worldwide. In 2012 Leafblade contributed incidental music to The Life and Times of the Real Robyn Hoode, a groundbreaking DVD released on MythCo. Leafblade’s music has also been featured in a brochure documentary abour the beautiful Romanian town of Sibiu. In the summer of 2017 Leafblade performed as headline act at The Tournament, Conwy, Wales, and event hosted by MythCo Production, acclaimed as Wales’ biggest ever Medieval and Viking outdoor event.
Leafblade move from strength to strength as a highly individual, unique and versatile rock power trio, continually performing both their rock and acoustic sets, working to release their library of original material. In 2018, Leafblade plan to release a new album through MythCo Productions, a classic, Celtic ‘folk-rock’ fusion.