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Carolyn Arnold and Leanne Tallis

Carolyn Arnold is a singer, songwriter and pianist from Berkeley, California. She writes songs in an alternative pop style, similar to Joni Mitchell, Natalie Merchant and Tori Amos with rich and sweet high soprano vocals and lyrics full of metaphor, human connection and fantasy. Friends have described the quality of her voice as “angelic.” 

From a very young age Carolyn was surrounded by music. She sang with her family, studied classical piano, violin and voice through her youth, and began writing songs at age 22. Her roots are primarily in folk music of various kinds: Southern Appalachian, Blues, Folk Revival artists of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, and Eastern European folk. She played fiddle, guitar and banjo in several folk and bluegrass bands from 2005-2011, and has also studied 1930's Jazz extensively, as well as Broadway show tunes. Currently she is studying opera.

Carolyn’s latest project is a full-length album that was made from live recordings of five house concerts she did in January and February of 2017. This album is currently in the mixing stage and will be finished spring of 2018.

Leanne Tallis is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Los Angeles, and currently based in Oakland, CA. Leanne trained in musical theatre before coming back to her first love of songwriting, releasing her first EP, Smoke and Mirrors, in 2014. Her voice is strong and expressive, reminiscent of vocal greats such as Joni Mitchell and Sandy Denny. She writes melody driven folk songs, with meaningful lyrics. 

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission, and $10 for students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!