Alas De Liona
Alas De Liona

Alas de Liona hails from a small town in the Mojave Desert. Echoing a vocal lineage from Joni Mitchell to Phoebe Bridgers, and with a dreamlike song writing sensibility, she weaves unique lyrical and melodic experiences.    Her final year at University of California, Santa Barbara saw her head to Edinburgh in Autumn 2019, to complete her course at University of Edinburgh.  

During her stay in the city, she began to make a name for herself performing in pubs. Covid-19 lockdowns and the complete halt of all live music forced a shift in focus from live performing to writing and recording new music.   After graduation and free from the demands of academia, Alas took her first steps toward fulfilling her musical aspirations, returning to Edinburgh late in 2020 to record the Radio Astronomy EP, a collection of space lullabies and cosmic folktales with producer Rod Jones at Post Electric, Leith and subsequently released in summer 2022.  

The EP was championed by BBC Radio Scotland’s Roddy Hart, BBC Introducing with Phoebe I-H & Shereen Cutkelvin, Billy Sloan Amazing Radio, Scotland on Sunday Artist of the Week, YMX, Indie Music Center and was picked up by a diverse range of over 200 Spotify Playlists.  

Five distinct music videos for the EP were created in adherence to various strict limitations and the multitude of unfamiliar creative avenues Alas negotiated highlight her inventive talents.   

Having been back in California, during the second half of last year, Alas returned for her Celtic Connections debut on January 29 th  at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium. Following the cancellation of her original show with Allison Russell due to the pandemic, Alas joined a bill with Tinderbox Collective & Kathryn Joseph. Performing stripped down from her dreampop, soundscape studio sound as a duo with keyboardist Gus Harrower, Alas enjoyed a brilliant reaction from a sell-out crowd.   

Alas is back in Scotland for summer live shows, firstly performing on 9 th  June at the opening night of Edinburgh’s Hidden Door Festival, in the Pianodrome installation at the Old Royal High School.  

Then her first ever headline shows with Regular Music presenting Alas as a trio (joined by Andrew Turnbull on drums) on Sunday 26th June at Glasgow Glad Café and Wednesday 29th at Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms. Alas will be joined by special guest Hector Shaw, who has drawn favourable comparisons to the likes of John Martyn, combining captivating, warm vocals with intricate guitar work that features a rich palette of chordal colours.   

January also saw Alas and Gus recording at Post Electric in Leith and a new song Saturnine is released on 6th  May followed by the 7 track Planetaria Live Session EP on 9th  June.

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