The Last Inklings are Leonardo MacKenzie and David Hoyland, both accomplished multi-instrumentalists with a solid folk background. The band’s innovative sound crosses genres, centred around cello, mandolin and vocal harmony, layered with guitar, piano, strings, synths and percussion. With vibrant backstories and creative musicianship, their songs have a modern flavour that is rich with imagery and narrative, exploring at their core what it is to be human.
Their name is a nod to the mid 20th century literary group which included Tolkein and CS Lewis, although their inspiration is drawn from wider sources than just these authors, ranging from Carl Jung to Terry Pratchett. Thoughtful depth is handled with a light touch, balanced with playfulness, metaphor, and humour. Musically their influences are equally diverse, including artists such as Moulettes, Punch Brothers, and the cinematic soundscapes of composers like Max Richter to the traditional songs and tunes of the British Isles.
As former members of the trio Kadia they performed a mix of traditional and original folk inspired songs combining cello, fingerstyle guitar, and mandolin with three-part harmony to create rich and uplifting music interspersed with history and storytelling. They released their debut album East of Alexandria in 2015 which made the Telegraph Top Folk Albums and was nominated for the Debut Album of the Year by Fatea Magazine. The follow up, The Outlandish Collection, was a 5 track EP of newly arranged traditional folk songs that further cemented their standing on the traditional circuit. Kadia’s live shows won them many plaudits including being invited to join the Brian McNeill Session on Stage 2 at Cambridge Folk Festival alongside Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys, La Vent du Nord and Wildwood Kin.
The Last Inklings released their debut album The Impossible Wild in October 2021, following the release of their EP Alchemy in April 2020. It received the Fatea Magazine 2021 Debut Album of the Year Award.
Head Out, Not Home is a series of free live music and entertainment events happening in Norwich city centre throughout the summer. Taking place Sunday afternoons from 24 July to 4 September, these free family friendly performances are open to all.
Stage: St Gregory’s Green
Find out more about Head out Not Home here.
See The Last Inklings at St Gregory’s Green starting at: 1.15pm, 2.25pm and 3.35pm.