MaryLeigh Roohan with Liz Strodel
March 14, 2014
Named the capital region’s “Best Female Singer-Songwriter” by Metroland
Though she’s only twenty-two, the experience Roohan has gained since she began performing five years ago explains why she’s likened to “a wizened old soul.” Her yearlong, weekly residency at a pub in St Andrews, Scotland honed her guitar and vocal skills, and helped build her confidence in exploring other musical ventures. Since graduating from her Scottish residency and moving back to the states, MaryLeigh has played everywhere from intimate cafes, such as the celebrated Caffe Lena, to wild festivals, like Albany’s Art on Lark. The diverse stages she’s played match the variety of acts with whom she’s shared them. Sean Rowe, Theresa Andersson, Paranoid Social Club and Milo Greene are a few of the many.
In 2011, Roohan ventured to The Music Shed in New Orleans to record her debut album, The Docks. The album received wide acclaim in New York’s capital region. Beyond securing rotation on both college and public radio stations (WEXT, WEQX, WSPN), The Docks’ single “Foolish Girl” was named second to Sean Rowe’s “Downwind” in 97.7 WEXT’s Top 60 Songs of New York’s Capital Region (2012). Buzz from the album generated performing opportunities including Roohan’s performances at Albany’s largest music festival, LarkFest, and with talented bands such as Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Chic Gamine, and many more. The Docks and her many heartfelt performances reached wide audiences and in 2012 Roohan was named the capital region’s “Best Female Singer-Songwriter” by Metroland.
Taking time to graduate from college, Roohan was laying low in 2013 except for her secret adventures to record a new album with Jason Brown at JBrown Noise. The time in the studio yielded a new, ten-song album that she released in November of 2013.
Within the past few years I have been working up enough courage and focus to write some original tunes. I realize that 26 is a late age to begin my travels through songwriting, but here it goes!
Originally, I am a drummer, I have been playing in bands since I was in middle school, I have done everything from rock, hip hop, blues, and whatever else is in between. I love music and I thought I would take a crack a putting together some songs of my own.
Hopefully within the next year I will have enough material for an album, I’ll be sure to keep you posted. Hope you enjoy the tunes.