Leo Altarelli was born in England and grew up in a musical family. From his mother, he learned to sing; his father taught him to play percussion and his grandfather trumpet and how to write songs.
As a soloist and working with other artists, he has performed at numerous festivals, clubs and concert halls in and around England – including the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, the Town Hall in Birmingham, the Hammersmith Apollo and the Vortex Jazz Club. As a songwriter and co-producer, he has been involved in the albums of The Sugar Beats Band (winner of the Birmingham Jazz Award) and the folk-punk band The Destroyers. The music video for his song Cabin Fever, which he produced together with the animator and filmmaker Theo Godley, was shown at the “Bang! Short Film Festival”. He was also involved in the album Sweet England by Jim Moray, which won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. His most recent appearance was at the club Uniquity in Suffolk. During this summer, he is performing at festivals and events like the Secret Garden Party and the Folk East Festival. Mojo is his first collaboration with Sue Buckmaster and Adriano Adewale.