Stephen Leigh & S.L. Farrell

Roaming at the intersection of fiction and reality

Musician (fairly often).

I've been playing music since the late 1960's (damn, I'm OLD!) in various groups in and around the Greater Cincinnati area. I play guitar and bass, and I've usually been one of the lead singers (we won't talk about the time I actually fronted a wedding band as the singer). I currently play bass and sing in this group: TOAST . I also play the occasional solo acoustic gig–just me, a mic, a six-string acoustic in standard tuning (my Eastman E10D), a six-string acoustic in DADGAD tuning (my Eastman E20D), a 12-string (my Guild GAD F212, tuned down a step in D-standard), a pedal board with a few effects, a Meinl BassBoX for percussion support on some songs, and a Bose sound system.

My gear (for you gearheads out there):

Acoustic Guitars: 2018 Eastman E10D (Adirondack Spruce over Mahogany), 2019 Eastman E8D (Sitka Spruce over Rosewood); 2020 Eastman E20D (Adi Spruce over Rosewood), all with K&K Pure Mini pickups installed—can you tell that I'm an Eastman fan?; 2011 Guild GAD F212 122-string (Sitka Spruce over Mahogany)

Electric guitar: 1964 Guild Starfire V semi-hollow electric

Bass: 2000 Roscoe 5-string LG3005 bass (fretless)

Amps & PA: Bose L1 1S system with B1 bass module; Mackie PROFX8 8-Channel Mixer; Ampeg Portaflex 4x10 cabinet with Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 head and with additional Ampeg Portaflex 2x10 cabinet if needed; Sennheiser e835 vocal mic, AKG P420 large diaphragm condenser mic, a Meinl Percussion BassBoX

Pedalboard (used mostly for solo/duo acoustic guitar gigs): DigiTech JamMan Solo XT looper; Digitech 3-function foot switch for looper; TC-Helicon Harmony Singer; TC-Electronics Sub'N'Up pedal; Caverns Reverb & Delay; Donner Chorus; Wampler Tumnus Overdrive pedal; Donner Autowah, Boss Acoustic Pre-Amp AD-2; Voodoo Labs ISO 5 Power Supply.

I occasionally put together an original song. One of my 'projects' is to put together some of my original songs (as well as some of the cover tunes I do) in a decent enough format that I could cobble together a 'set' to give to coffee house/bar owners where I'd like to play or even sell on a gig. To that end, I picked up Logic Pro X for Macintosh, and a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface to connect to my laptop, and I've asked my son Devon to add some professional drum tracks. Still working on this...

However, during the pandemic, I did a series of "one take and absolutely no fixing of mistakes afterward" YouTube videos of me singing and playing some of the songs I tend to do on solo gig. Those 'mistakes and all' videos are here, if you can stand to watch them!

More polished recordings to come as I record them!

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