Alas de Liona has made a life changing move from the USA to live full time in Scotland. Within weeks of arriving in May, she appeared as a special guest alongside Hamish Hawk and Admiral Fallow at The Proclaimers, Big Top Concerts in June at Kelso Showground, Edinburgh’s Leith Links and Glasgow Queens Park. She also opened for Hamish Hawk at Galashiels MacArts in June and in August supported Travis at Fringe by the Sea and performing at Party at the Palace in Linlithgow.
Alas is currently recording an album at Post Electric, Gravity of Gold.
Alas hails from a small town in the Mojave Desert, with a dreamlike song writing sensibility, she weaves unique lyrical and melodic experiences.
Her final year at University of California, Santa Barbara saw her head to Scotland in Autumn 2019, to complete her course at University of Edinburgh.
During her stay in the city, she began to make a name for herself performing in pubs. Covid-19 lockdowns and the complete halt of all live music forced a shift in focus from live performing to writing and recording new music.
After graduation and free from the demands of academia, Alas took her first steps toward fulfilling her musical aspirations, returning to Edinburgh late in 2020 to record the Radio Astronomy EP, a collection of space lullabies and cosmic folktales with producer Rod Jones at Post Electric, Leith and subsequently released in summer 2022.
The EP was championed by BBC Radio Scotland’s Roddy Hart, BBC Introducing with Phoebe I-H & Shereen Cutkelvin, Billy Sloan Amazing Radio, Scotland on Sunday Artist of the Week, YMX, Indie Music Center and was picked up by a diverse range of over 400 Spotify Playlists.
Five distinct music videos for the EP were created in adherence to various strict limitations and the multitude of unfamiliar creative avenues Alas negotiated highlight her inventive talents.
Two further short returns visits in 2022 saw Alas make her Celtic Connections debut in January opening for Kathryn Joseph and Tinderbox at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. Then appearances at Edinburgh’s Hidden Door Festival and opening for Rufus Wainwright in Glasgow’s Summer Nights at Kelvingrove Bandstand and her first headline shows at Glasgow’s Glad Café and Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms.
She also recorded two new songs with her band, back at Post Electric Studios in Leith with producer Rod Jones. The first Vortices was released in October and then Spirals in November 22.
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