PERFORMER

'Leah Cotterell could sing the shopping list and melt your heart"

(Rhythms Magazine)

 

From political cabaret to jazz and original songwriting, Brisbane singer Leah Cotterell has been performing for 30 years at major venues and festivals, appearing on television and radio and touring all over Australia.

Flora and Fauna 1986
Flora and Fauna 1986

Love songs and materialism, sex and cynicism, performed at 'Club Swerve' for Toadshow

Patsy Cline Tribute 1988
Patsy Cline Tribute 1988

From 'The Country Swing Saloon' night at Street Arts venue 'The Paint Factory

Jazz Years 1989-91
Jazz Years 1989-91

With Tony Hobb's Bebopera we played multiple residencies and toured to Sydney and Melbourne, with Steve Russell, piano, Peter Walters and Helen Russell, Bass and Ken Eadie, Drums. 'Cotterell has a full, deep, husky and strong voice and a very definite period style.' (Gail Brennan, Sydney Morning Herald, 1992)

With Bebopera 1990
With Bebopera 1990

Trying out some R&B Repertoire at the Boundary Hotel, West End

'The Family' 1994
'The Family' 1994

Performing a role for the Queensland Theatre Company's production of Jill Shearer's play. A day off in Julia Creek.

Black Taxi 1995-99
Black Taxi 1995-99

Enjoying ABC airply, this Melbourne studio band recorded two albums of songs by Dave Wayman and Terry Bradford, with vocals by April Ronsisvalle, Yasmin Shoobridge and 'Cotterell, whose superbly smoky, blues-infused voice reminds me at times, of Nina Simone.' Mike Daly, The Age,1997

Women In Voice 1995 – 2015
Women In Voice 1995 – 2015

'Fine music is being made around the world on any night but it’s hard to believe there was anything, anywhere that could have been better than that emotional performance.' Noel Mengel, The Courier Mail, 1999

18 Wheels
18 Wheels

A heartfelt homage to Country and Gospel styles, this group, featuring Jamie Clark and Toby Wren on guitars, Helen Russell, bass and Kym Ambrose drums was the beginning of Leah's songwriting collaborations.

Tulca Mor 2000-3
Tulca Mor 2000-3

Featured vocalist with Fred Graham, Andrew Heath, Sreve Cook and Claire Fitzpatrick's Traditional Irish band

Being Human 2003
Being Human 2003

A creative development with Karen Anderson and Barbara Fordham on the theme of being both singer and mother, a number of the composed songs have gone on to have a long life.

Duets with Helen Russell 1999 - 2005
Duets with Helen Russell 1999 - 2005

Take two beautiful, deep & expressive Australian voices, combine with good songs selected from spectacularly diverse sources & exclude any "big production" touches. That's the wise recipe behind "FOOLISH THINGS", the highly unusual but delightfully accessible & nicely naked new CD by Brisbane-based duo, LEAH COTTERRELL & HELEN RUSSELL. LEAH sings with her vocal cords. HELEN's primary voice is her double bass (she does sometimes sing harmonies). Radio National, Daily Planet, 2003

The Brisbane Cabaret Festival 2003-6
The Brisbane Cabaret Festival 2003-6

A string of songs reviews including the A'capella 'Hatches, Matches and Despatches' presented at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Cotterell and Clark 2006-10
Cotterell and Clark 2006-10

Song writing team and long term musical collaborators Jamie Clark and Leah experimented with folk song forms and motifs for their album 'Bottom of the River'

Tell Heaven 1997-current
Tell Heaven 1997-current

Playing for pleasure at music festivals and local venues, harmony rich interpretations of bluegrass and Gospel repertoires, featuring Pearly Black, vocals, Jamie Clark, guitars, Helen Russell, bass, John Rodgers, violin and vocals, Coojee Timms, guitar and vocals, Kym Ambrose, drums.

Gypsy Tober 2001-current
Gypsy Tober 2001-current

This A'cappella Trio has toured extensively for Musica Viva in Schools, include regional and remote communities all over Australia, featuring vocalists, Anje West and Barbara Fordham