SATURDAY 15 DECEMBER 2018 - MUSIC & COMMUNITY GROUP
Yhan Leal Band
Born the son of Colombian poverty, reprised a migrant under Australia’s burnt sun. Raised by an angelic mother in wilderness scrub. The youngest of four brothers, I didn’t walk the path of a modern nuclear family. Seeking freedom from hardship my eyes and heart opened to a new way of living. Young and hungry I found my path in music.
This is the story of Yhan Leal, a truly gifted musician with a powerful personal story. As a boy growing up in Cali Colombia life wasn’t easy. Classical guitar came naturally, working his magic on Lennon, Elvis and Richie Valens. Writing his first compositions to suit his older brother’s poetry he nurtured a pure talent for songwriting. Music marched through his teens and to the stage. The turmoil came too, and his path took route through buddhism and bouts of meditation. Having ridden the adulatory throws of life, a man emerges wise and courageous with music that moves those inescapably drawn into his circle.
There is no pigeon hole for Leal’s music, but if one was to categorise the genre it might well be Post Folk. Drawing similarities to luminaries Patrick Watson, Devendra Banhart, M.Ward, Angelo De Augustine and Sufjan Stevens.In 2013 Leal independently released his debut EP Sail Home, followed up by his critically acclaimed ethereally haunting 2015 album Wilderness. Yhan Leal’s new album ‘Yhan Leal’ is now available through www.yhanleal.com.
Yhan Leal, walks the earth with light feet. Now Bellingen based he dedicates his waking hours to honing his artistic craft, busking during the day and playing venues at night. Playing over 100 venue shows a year, Leal is undoubtedly one of the the most active musicians on the Mid North Coast. Yhan is a truly gifted guitarist and angelic singer who has found his musical identity. He draws on diverse influences from folk traditions while at the same time representing a new era of folk bringing fresh identity to the genre.
SCU Midwifery Club is the community group of the month
The SCU Midwifery club has been in operation for almost two years. They are a group of midwifery students based at Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour. The purpose of the club is to promote midwifery and enhance relationships with the wider community. They aim to provide extra learning opportunities and team building activities for members.
The club is currently fundraising with Mindalla (a local grief and loss organisation) to purchase a cuddle cot to be used in the local region. This special cot allows bereaved families to take their baby home and spend time with them, creating memories to last a lifetime before saying their final goodbyes. They believe the cuddle cot will be invaluable for the grieving families and thank everyone for their kind donations in making this a reality.
The SCU Midwifery Club will be on the gates raising needed funds so please help them where you can