SOMETIMES you hear a performer, playing in the background of a bar, you're only half paying attention but the sound is enough for you to suddenly stop your conversation and spin your head around to ask, "who is that?"

That's what happened when I saw Leo Clemenson, or Leo C as he simply calls himself, playing somewhere in Leigh recently.

You can judge for yourself, when this young folkstar - aged 16 - does an in-store at South Records in Queens Road, this Saturday, to promote his debut album.

"There isn't a specific concept to the album" he said. "I just wrote about whatever I wanted. For example, the song Nadsat was inspired by the book Clockwork Orange, which I was reading at the time. Even so, the songs were all recently written, in the space of three months.

"The online version has nine tracks while the physical copy contains a bonus track Drunk and with Dreams by Angel Olsen. The CD will be on sale at South Records in Southend-On-Sea for £5. The online version is available on all online stores."

The in-store gig takes place from 2pm until 3pm.

If you can't make that, Leo is also playing at the Santa Cause gig at Chinnerys, Marine Parade, Southend, on Saturday December 16 and Peggy Sues, London Road, Leigh on December 17.

Leo says his influences are Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen, Violent Femmes, The Clash and Angel Olsen.