Bill Leslie & Lorica
Take a journey through North Carolina, as well as places like Scotland and beyond, with long-time WRAL News Anchor Bill Leslie. This award-winning North Carolina journalist is also an internationally acclaimed musician, singer and composer who performs across the globe with his group Bill Leslie & Lorica.
This five-member ensemble showcase a blend of Celtic, Folk and New Age music that includes albums that have topped World Music charts in the U.S and abroad. His most recent recording “Scotland: Grace of the Wild” was named World Radio Album of the Year in 2013.
Bill Leslie & Lorica’s soothing musical configurations include the guitar, Celtic whistle, violin, flute, piano, percussion and vocals. Bill seems to transport his audience into his music, inviting you to travel with him as he explores various melodies that often describe his journeys through his beloved home state such as his hikes among the ancient pines of North Carolina’s Linville Gorge.
“For the longest time I tried to push music into the background, thinking that was the responsible thing to do,” Bill says. “But music kept pushing back at me. Broadcast journalism is a demanding profession and I work for a station with incredibly high standards. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Many of the things I report on are full of meanness and madness. People tell me my music is full of beauty and warmth. So music adds balance to my life.”
Bill’s roots run deep in Tar Heel soil with his ancestry spanning five generations here. Not only does this Cary, N.C., resident honor the state through his music, he’s authored a book featuring his father’s watercolors of Western North Carolina.
Tickets are available for $27. To reserve your seats in advance, visit the McGregor Hall Box Office Tuesday – Friday, 1-5pm, call (252) 598 – 0662 or click on the buy tickets link at the top of the page.