McLeod Nine--Kerrville New Folk Finalist 2019! We were selected as Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Finalists for 2019 for our songs "Wantin' Something More " and " Hypothetically Speaking"! We are honored to be part of this acclaimed group!
McLeod Nine, the Swingy, Stringy, Funky, Folky duo from Texas, plays , jiggy, jazzy, gorgeous acoustic music, with roots deep in their Americana and Celtic past and a backbeat straight from the roots of swing and string-band soul. Their award-winning songwriting(Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk finalists, and Americana Fest, Nacogdoches winner) is front and center in their shows and draws from a deep well of musical and life experience. Gordon and Christy McLeod's music is nothing if not eclectic, spanning a wide range of musical worlds from swing and Django jazz to Americana and alternative folk, even Irish, Cajun and American fiddle tunes. Most of all, McLeod Nine want their audiences to be energized, inspired and to have fun ! (For example, One of the highlights of their shows is Christy getting the audience to dance a simple Irish Ceili dance.)
Gordon and Christy McLeod's eclectic music spans a wide range of worlds including Americana, Celtic, Folk, Irish, Swing and Django-jazz, Bluegrass and Cajun. In a world of trendy and ever narrowing genres, McLeod Nine's shows offer a refreshingly varied pallet of styles and textures. While the roots of their musical tree are the American and Celtic traditions , the branches cover a wide patch of ground strewn with multi-colored leaves of blues, jazz, and even classical hues. Christy says " We want to make sure in our shows that the next song is always something different from the last one!"
Recent Major Accomplishments:
~3 Full length albums recorded in past 3 years
~Headliner at 10 major festivals last year
~over 1 million streams from McLeod Nine Studio recordings ytd in 2022
~Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk finalists in 2019
~Just Completed 6 state tour
McLeod Nine are Gordon and Christy McLeod. Their eclectic and energetic sound covers a broad range of intriguing material, from string jazz with a Django flavor to inspiring original songs with lots of energy and musical spice to Americana to traditional Irish fiddle tunes. Gordon and Christy are well known as founders and performers in the very popular Americana-Celtic-roots band Beyond The Pale and as founders (with cellist Dirje Childs) of the elegant string ensemble, The Aisling String Trio.
Gordon is always searching for the true soul of any music he plays. He plays a number of instruments; as a fiddler he is equally at home with jazz, Americana and folk styles as well as authentic traditional Irish fiddling. Gordon is also well known as a guitarist and for playing mandolin, clarinet and several other instruments. He in demand as a recording session artist, producer, and live performer. Beside his work with McLeod Nine, Beyond The Pale and The Aisling String Trio, Gordon is a former violinist with The Texas Gypsies. Gordon is an award winning songwriter having been selected as a Kerrville New Folk finalist in 2019 as well having won the 2008 Americana Songwriting competition in Nacogdoches for his song "Dog Year" and in 2006 for his song “Hester”. Gordon's original songs have been licensed for independent film and television projects as well as being included on numerous compilations.
Christy McLeod has been called “a fun seeking missile” for good reason. She radiates warmth and energy and conveys a love of life through her singing and playing that is infectious, igniting spontaneous human happiness whenever she performs. Her clear sweet voice is the prefect match for her powerful guitar style. Having played many styles for most of her life, her creative song renditions, whether her own compositions or covers of other great songs, never fail to captivate and inspire her audiences. Christy is also a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, mandolin, percussion and harmonica and is an accomplished songwriter, having been selected as a Kerrville New Folk Finalist in 2019 and having penned several songs performed by McLeod Nine and Beyond The Pale including the title tracks to McLeod Nine's album "Hypothetically Speaking" and the title tracks to Beyond The Pale's albums " Wantin' Something More " and "The Music Plays Me".
Here's what some of McLeod Nine's fans and the press are saying:
"The McLeod's shows and recordings are high energy, fun, engaging, rich and inspiring."--KERA Art and Seek
August, 2021 - "WOW! Gordon and Christy blew us away. What seasoned and quality performers they are. Looking forward to having them perform here again."
April, 2023 - "McLeod Nine presented one our best concerts in ten years of House Concerts. We're already looking forward to a return visit."
(C. Singer-Miracle of Music Concerts-Golden City, MO.
August, 2019 - "What a fantastic, awesome show! (J. Braymen)
August, 2018 - "This was one of the best shows we have had in a very long time! The music was technically excellent, but it was also a great time for the audience! We even learned an easy Ceili dance. We can't wait to have them back."
"The entire album is filled with excellent tracks that make you gently tap your toes and toss your head from side-to-side."--Chuck Bloom, Ceili Magazine
"I want to thank you Christy and Gordon for a fabulous night! I am still getting praise for your performance. Your fun, Swingy, Funky, Folky Down Home Music! Wow!
" Love, Love, Love this-You have such a zest for life and are so entertaining! Look forward to everything you put out!"
" Your voices are gorgeous, excellent instrumentals--adorable!"
"Smokin' and lyrical-- Fiddle playing beyond any I've ever seen!"