Gifted young songwriter Leddra Chapman returns for Isle of Man show

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A woman hailed as one of the most gifted young songwriters in Britain returns to the island to perform.

Leddra Chapman, known for her quintessentially English voice, will be performing her folk-pop music at Peel Centenary Centre on Saturday, May 2.

She will be supported by talented singer-songwriter Lee Broderick, who will also join Leddra for her headline set as guitarist.

They are being brought over by Mark Armstrong of TalisMann Promotions.

He first brought Leddra to the island in 2010 for an intimate gig at the Outback, in Douglas.

Leddra returned in 2012 to play on the main stage of the Garden Party at Begoade Fields, just north of Onchan.

The line-up that weekend included Newton Faulkner, Reverend and the Makers and the Little Comets, but Mark said that, for some, Leddra was the highlight of the festival.

Leddra wrote her first song at the age of 12 and began playing gigs soon after.

She has a music degree from the London College of Music.

She rose to prominence with her debut single ‘Story’, which was released in December 2009 to much critical success and strong support from Terry Wogan on BBC Radio 2.

The single was taken from her debut album ‘Telling Tales’, recorded by international producer Peter-John Vettese, which was released the previous month.

In The Independent’s album review, they labelled the collection of music as ‘pitch perfect acoustic pop’.

‘All About You’, a single from her second EP ‘The Crowds and the Cocktails’ was premiered on the The Graham Norton Show and it was BBC Radio 2’s single of the week in March 2013.

That year she also released Beauty With Heart with the Body Shop as a charity single raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Last year she released her second album, ‘My Mother’s Mind’, from which she had a single ‘Playground’.

She has collaborated with the likes of Brit Award winner Ed Sheeran and she has opened shows for Tom Jones.

This year will also see her performing at the Fling Festival in Essex.

The Centenary Centre show starts on Saturday, May 2, at 8pm, with doors opening at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £15.

They are available from Peter Norris Music, Douglas; Celtic Gold; Peel; Shakti Man, Ramsey; Thompson Travel, Port Erin or online at www.etickets.im/talismann

The event is supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council.

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