May 5, 2009
Cowley graduate Piper Leigh to perform at Caff� Acoustic
Piper Leigh, a singer, songwriter and 1999 graduate of Cowley College,
will be the featured entertainer during Caffé Acoustic held
Thursday, May 14 at Brown’s in Arkansas City. The concert will
begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free to attend.
Leigh, an Arkansas City native and the daughter of Doug and Dejon Ewing, is noted for her poignant lyrics and astonishing vocals. She has performed and recorded with a wide variety of configurations, but most recently she has focused on a Kansas based duo with her husband, Mark Bowling. The duo’s performances have been described as, “Marriage counseling”, “Romance ignition in a song” and “Couple’s therapy.”
Leigh is working on her self-titled second record, which follows on the heels of her first recorded Live performance, Piper Leigh: A Night at the Cabaret.
Leigh’s songs are anchored in folk and roots, while her melody and delivery show strong country and blues sensibilities. Her sound has the earthy feel of early Joni Mitchell while also capturing the emotion and musical adventurism of fellow genre-hopping artist Eva Cassidy.
Leigh’s venues include playing in Dublin and Dingle, Ireland, with Gerry O’Beirne; at the Tumbleweed Festival in Garden City; and at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield. Other venues include The Artichoke in Wichita and The Celtic Fox in Topeka.
Brown’s is located at 225 S. Summit St. Caffé Acoustic is a community project, with CornerBank, Home National Bank, and Union State Bank helping fund the concert series.