'Why can't I be a fat cat with my whiskers in the cream?
Why can't I be a fat cat, living out my dreams?
Everybody listens to a fat cat, who's got a place in the sun.
I wanna be rollin' in mazoomah, a conspicuous consumer,
Far away from that old rat run - me now, me - ow!'
Release date 1st August 2010
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Cover Art (c) Madeleine Leslie, 2010
Release date 1st September 2011
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Cover Art (c) Madeleine Leslie, 2011
Leslie is a veteran Scottish singer-songwriter.
After a lengthy period defying the Pink Floyd by brainwashing young, impressionable minds,
he returned to full-time music-making in August 2011. He also seems to have become a folksinger of sorts.
Anyone preoccupied by the terrible risks he is taking, please feel morally obliged to purchase his CDs.
These are replete with merry tunes and cunning lyrical conceits.
Bob started singing from the cradle - which annoyed the hell out of the neighbours and puzzled his parents. That last part is a wee exaggeration. Bob's father, Jack, was from Stromness, in Orkney, and had the typical islander's love of music, playing piano, accordion and fiddle as well as singing. His mother, Mary, was a professional singer in clubs and theatre and had "a voice like a female Paul Robson" according to her son. Bob has been entertaining audiences for over 40 years.
Like most creative musicians, he has continually re-invented himself. His current incarnation is that of a solo performer on the folk and community hall circuit. Initially tending to Americana/Roots Country styles, he is now writing more in accord with the traditional sounds of his musical childhood and singing in Scots for the first time since then! Since embarking on this solo voyage, Recent gigs Bob has played include
He is still in demand at the Star Folk Club for support gigs and has been told a future songwriters' evening will feature him there. Residency at Avant Garde continues, and other semi-regular venues continue to express interest.
Bob is currently working on a new, self-penned CD, Songsmith, which will be a totally acoustic album featuring well-known Scottish folk musicians. He has also organised, and will be performing at and presenting a benefit concert featuring many of the pro, semi-pro and aficionado performers who have featured at the Clutha Open Mic Nights. Proceeds will go to the Clutha Tragedy Fund.
Early in his career, he excited interest in his voice and songwriting from Apple Records, Chrysalis Records, and Boscobel (the Kinks' managers). At one point he recalls, the wee man from Chrysalis asked him to write a follow-up to Total Eclipse of the Heart, He replied "You must be joking!" and thinks this may have locked the doors on teenage idolhood for him. Anyone still wishing for such a follow-up would now only have to wave money to receive an affirmative reply.
Top-class musicians Bob has worked with include . . .
Fat Cat (September
In A Different World