Kahal & Einstein header by Cliff Baylis  
UK-based American songwriter Kahal and accompanist Einstein work in and around East Sussex, England.  Read all about their sad and tedious history below...
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Born and raised in Virginia, Mark Leif Kahal (Leif to his friends) is a songwriter and performer who put together the first house band at the Lonestar Cafe, New York, “Leif Kahal and The Horse You Rode In On”.

Next, Leif went down to New Orleans before moving to Austin, Texas where he became a regular in the band “The Wild Cantinas”.

Moving to Nashville, Leif put together a new outfit that became a regular on the Nashville club circuit gigging at the Bluebird Cafe and appearing on Nashville After Hours.

Later Leif moved over to Dublin where in 1990 he met and married Maggie De Monde from the English pop bands Swans Way and Scarlet Fantastic.

They recorded an album, Pilots Of The Impossible, in Birmingham UK 1991. From 92 - 96 they were signed to Pete Waterman.  Lief is hoping to get the unreleased material from those years released by another label.

After that Leif & Maggie worked as Mighty K, releasing the album Club Silencio in 2006.

Since then Leif has worked on production music for TV and radio.   In 2012 he tried returning to his roots with a new album, Dusty Roads In A Rear View Mirror, released 2013.


'Einstein' is multi-instrumentalist Cliff Baylis, on mandolin and backing vocals. Cliff first played mandolin at the age of twenty as an alternative to guitar and returned to it seriously in the 1990s.

For many years he concentrated on 'proper' jobs in business analysis and sofware production followed by spells as music shop manager, college lecturer, IT strategy advisor to the Probation Service and, latterly, rock crusher for a geological consultancy!  Throughout these times Cliff has always played music in his spare time with countless bands and duos around London and the South East.

Known for his improvisational approach to playing, Cliff is never happier than when sitting in and jamming, which is how Leif came to call him up on stage one day in in 2012.  The two found there was potential for more and so Kahal & Einstein came about.

Cliff's other musical activities are described here... if you really want to know.

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