"Folk Ragoût is major league fluting and beautiful guitar artistry." - Blue
Recorded in County Cork, Ireland, this album includes traditional and original music from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Quebec, and North and South America. Original tracks include The Juggler's Jig, written by Leslie after watching Frédéric juggle oranges, and The Last Minute Partita, co-written by Leslie and Frédéric when inspiration struck a few hours before entering the recording studio.
With an eclectic track list, all original arrangements, and a hint of flute and guitar percussion, Folk Ragoût: Musiques Folk du Monde provides a musical trip around the world.
"An eclectic mix of musical styles and personalities, with Irish traditional music at its heart. The sound is fresh and innovative...check it out!" - Dr. Sandra Joyce, Director of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
Recorded in Limerick, Ireland, A Year in Ireland includes new arrangements of traditional music from Ireland and Scotland and is centered around Liz Davis Maxfield, cello; Kay Vickers, fiddle; Leslie Anne Harrison, flute; and Frédéric Pouille, guitar. The album also includes guest appearances by Sandra Joyce, voice; Tommy Fitzharris, whistle; Siobhán O'Connell, concertina; and Sean Ó Fearghail, fiddle. Other guest contributors include composer Andrew Maxfield, in his arrangement of track four, The King's Shilling, and flute and whistle player Brian Finnegan, in his arrangement of track eight, Road to Taynuilt.
"There is a joy in her face and in Beth's whole being when she sings her stories." - Lyons Recorder
Beth Gadbaw compiles a beautiful collection of traditional and original songs on this album, singing in both Irish and English and accompanying herself on bodhrán. Guest artists on the album include Adam Agee, fiddle; Jessie Burns, fiddle & backing vocals; Gwen & Greta Gadbaw, backing vocals; K.C. Groves, mandolin; Leslie Anne Harrison, Irish flute; Margot Krimmel, Celtic harp & backing vocals; Enion Pelta-Tiller, fiddle & backing vocals; Frédéric Pouille, guitar; Jon Sousa, guitar; and Sandra Wong, nyckelharpa.
Leslie joined Beth on Waulking Song and Last Night Being Windy.
"Winter is a winner, pure and simple." - Wind and Wire
This album is a collection of seasonal favorites. While many of the tracks are solo piano, the album also features collaborations with Irish flute, cello, and didgeridoo. All are original arrangements with one new original composition by Ryan Marvel, the title track Winter.
Leslie collaborated with Ryan on Arran Boat Song & The Holly and The Ivy.
Recorded live in Edinburgh, Scotland, this album is a compilation of the best acts to hit the Edinburgh Folk Club throughout 2011. Promoting traditional music since the early 1970s, the Edinburgh Folk Club has won the BBC Folk Awards Folk Club of the Year multiple times. Artists on this compilation album include Steve Byrnes & The Jamie Smith Bad, Ian Bruce & Ian Walker, Claire Hastings, the Rachel Hair Trio, Cathal McConnell, the Paul McKenna Band, and more.
Leslie performed at the club with New Time Ensemble while on tour in Ireland, England, and Scotland in 2011 and is included on the first track of the album.
"Music, as you may have gathered, is far from incidental to the production. The handsome score is written and performed by the “symphonic folk-rock” band Hem...there is music to add color, wit, life to almost every scene, played on a mixture of strings, percussion and woodwinds, the sound evoking a distant era without straining for period authenticity." - The New York Times
Recorded in 2009 following the success of The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night, this album features the original cast of Raúl Esparza, Anne Hathaway, Audra McDonald, David Pittu, and Jon Patrick Walker. Original music composed by folk-rock group Hem is brought to life with the musicians of the Illyrian Marching Band and the Gowanus Radio Orchestra. Nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play, this soundtrack will take listeners back to Shakespeare-filled nights in Central Park.
Leslie was a member of the cast as a musician in the Illyrian Marching Band and recorded thirteen tracks on the album.