- 31 Jan 22
Leah Sohotra has been honing her musical craft for the last five years, having started out as a poet and storyteller as well as working stints in the Cork Simon Community and the Rape Crisis Centre.
Singer-songwriter Leah Sohotra has unveiled a new video for 'The Valleys of Her Mind', created with her frequent collaborator Martin Leahy alongside Artem Trofimenko.
The story was penned by Sohotra alongside Senan O'Connor - with video editing by Sophia Santabarbara, who also portrays the role of the 'old woman' in the visuals. Senan O'Connor plays the role of the magpie, while Leah appears as herself. The video takes place in numerous different settings, including wild moors and the sea.
With minimal background instrumentation, Sohotra's crystal clear vocals are on perfect show. The delicate arrangements are created by multi-instrumentalist Martin Leahy who, through his mastery and experimental tastes with acoustic and electronic sounds, creates a moody aural landscape inspired by industrial punk, jazz, rock, Americanam blues and folk. The visuals continue Leah's trend of exploring the fantastical, the mythological and the natural in her art form.
Originally from Vermont, and having lived in Ireland for over nine years, the Blarney-based artist's imagery draws heavily on rural American and Irish landscapes, taking influence from Appalachian folk in particular. Her music and poetry also draws from classical literature and tradition, nursery rhymes and epic poetry and therefore the subjects are often animals and mythical creatures.
She’s been on the Cork scene musically only since 2017 and in October of 2019 was invited to play musical support for legendary artist Andy Irvine at the Cork Folk Festival.
Martin features heavily on Leah's debut album breaded crickets, playing well over a dozen different instruments. The album also features guest vocals by the highly acclaimed songwriter Mick Flannery, who also co-wrote one of the tracks.
Check out the new video for 'The Valleys of Her Mind' below:
Revisit Sohotra's September 2020 interview with Hot Press exploring her debut album here.