Leslie Rich

Leslie Rich grew up in Northern Ireland, listening to a mix of indie rock, acoustic songwriters, and traditional Celtic music. Inspired by artists like Luka Bloom and Throwing Muses, Leslie became the principal songwriter, singer, and guitarist for bands such as Emily Ryder, A Little Of The Ready, and the Celtic folk band Hounds of Finn, recording on various labels including Immortal Recordings, Time To Be Proud Records, New Folk Records, and Loud Folk Records. He founded the Rocket Soul Choir in 1994, mainly as an acoustic response to the heavy, guitar-driven, Irish bands cropping up at that time.

Even while Leslie recorded solo albums, played in other projects, and relocated to Minneapolis, the Rocket Soul Choir continued in various configurations over the years--always with the mission to create stripped-down rock. The band has released four albums, including the 2016 EP Kidder's Son, which received high praise on both sides of the pond, and their new album The Butcher Boy (2021). When not making music, Leslie loves to bake and cook and claims his best songs have come from picking up a guitar while waiting on a cheesecake to come out of the oven.

Past Shows


Feb
8
th
2024
Turf Club
Feb
8
th
2024
Turf Club

Go Your Own Way ⏤ A Fleetwood Mac Sing-along

with Mary BueEmily CasselmanCathy n AbelDoug CollinsJen EckesAnnie EnnekingAnnie FitzgeraldMatthew FrenchTed HajnasiewiczDan IsraelZachary Scot JohnsonAnnie MackLeslie RichKaty VernonLeslie Vincent

★ Local Show ★
Feb
10
th
2023
Turf Club
Feb
10
th
2023
Turf Club

Zachary Scot Johnson presents
Twin Cities All-Star '90s Tribute

with EMILY CASSELMANTAYLOR JAMES DONSKEYJENNIFER ECKESANNIE ENNEKINGBEN COOK-FELTZANNIE FITZGERALDMATTHEW FRENCHZACHARY SCOT JOHNSONLAKEWOOD CEMETERYBRIANNA LANELYDIA LIZAMAYGEN & THE BIRDWATCHERSARAH MORRISLESLIE RICHSAVANNAH SMITHCOLLEEN SOMERVILLELESLIE VINCENTNICOLE WILDER
Jun
16
th
2022
Turf Club
Jun
16
th
2022
Turf Club

Paul McCartney 80th Birthday Tribute

featuring TAYLOR JAMES DONSKEYBEN COOK-FELTZEMILY HAAVIKTED HAJNASIEWICZHER CROOKED HEARTDAN ISRAELZACHARY SCOT JOHNSONMEGHAN KREIDLER (KISS THE TIGER), MARE LENNONLESLIE RICHATOM ROBINSONJAMES RONEKATY TESSMAN w/ PAPA MBYEKATY VERNONSCOTT WOOLDRIDGE

More Shows

Aug
6
th
7th St Entry

Shallow Alcove

with Hana Eid
Jun
15
th
Turf Club

Nat Harvie

with Alan Sparhawk and Brent Penny
Jul
6
th
Turf Club

The Baseball Project

Jun
22
nd
First Avenue

The Revolution