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Laconic Montreal singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk is embarking on an extensive European tour with Colorado folk artist Gregory Alan Isakov in March and April. He plays Deaf Institute, Manchester on 2 April.

What informs your music and songwriting?
To be honest, I can’t think of anything that doesn’t influence songs.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?
Incredibly slowly.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
I’m in the midst of doing press for my next record and then I go on tour until my face falls off.

What’s it like to operate in the music industry today?
It’s like an office without walls where nobody knows who’s in charge and payment is on a partial lottery basis.

What’s on your rider?

Nothing too specific because sometimes the promoter has better taste than me.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.

Playing Floyd Cramer’s piano was a surreal experience.

What’s your worst lyric?

Let’s just say it’s grown on me.

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