Infobox musical artist |
Name = Leahy
Background = group_or_band
Origin = flagicon|Canada
Genre = Folk/Country/Celtic
Years_active = 1980s – Present
URL = [http://www.leahymusic.com/ www.leahymusic.com]
Current_members = Donnell Leahy
Past_members = Denise Leahy
Leahy is the name of a Canadian
folk musicgroup. The eight band members, all from the Leahy family of eleven siblings, are from Lakefield, Ontarioand have been actively touring Canada and internationally since the early 1980s when they were known as The Leahy Family. In 1985, they were the subject of a short film entitled "Leahy: Music Most of All" which received an Academy Award in the category of "Best Foreign Student Film". [ [http://www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/pr/leahy.asp A news article about upcoming Leahy show at UCSB] ]
The line-up of the group varies depending upon the availability of its members who come and go due to marriage, raising children, and other commitments. During the 1980s and early 1990s, the band recorded a number of privately-released LPs and cassettes (most of which used the same title, "The Leahy Family") which were sold at their concerts and they were frequent guests at the
Big Valley Jamboreeconcerts in Saskatchewanand Alberta.
In 1997 the band resumed recording with their "relaunch" album, "Leahy" which also introduced the group's new branding. "Leahy" was an instrumental album, but the band also includes vocal performances in their live performances and subsequent albums have included both vocals and instrumentals.
Despite their already-established history, they were awarded two Juno awards in 1998, for "best new group" and for and "best instrumental artist". The following year, Leahy took a third Juno Award, for "best country group". Also in 1998, Leahy were added as the opening act for Canadian country singer
Shania Twain's 1998 Come on Over Tourand were featured in two television specials from the tour, "Live" and "The Specials", performing with Twain on the song " Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)".
The group's members are both instrumentalists and dancers, with several members skilled in fiddle-playing (most notably the group's best-known member, Donnell Leahy). The female members of the band often perform
step-dancing-style routines, and it is generally the female members of the group who sing.
All members of the band are siblings. Each member has a main role they play in the band; although most play more than one instrument and all step dance. Interesting side-notes are that Donnell Leahy is married to Canadian fiddler
Natalie MacMasterand Frank is married to champion step dancer Chanda Gibson. Several members of Leahy studied piano with Canadian pianist and composer Fredrick Pritchard. Erin (Leahy's pianist) continues classical studies with Pritchard. [ [http://pianostudioone.ca/page4.html Fredrick Pritchard and his Pupils] ]
*Donnell Leahy — Fiddle
*Erin Leahy — Piano, Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals, Bass
*Angus Leahy — Fiddle
*Maria Leahy — Guitar, Banjo, Vocals
*Siobheann Donohue (née Leahy) — Bass, Vocals, Fiddle
*Doug Leahy — Fiddle
*Agnes Enright (née Leahy) — Keyboards, Step dancer, Vocals
*Frank Leahy — Drums
These three sisters are not currently active in the band's touring schedule.
*Denise Leahy — Vocals
*Chrissie Leahy — Keyboards
*Julie Leahy — Vocals
In addition, the group released several vinyl LPs and cassettes in the 1980s as The Leahy Family. These self-titled releases were privately pressed and usually sold at their concerts, although "Christmas with the Leahy Family" was carried by retailers such as
* [http://leahymusic.com/news.php Official website]
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