Infobox musical artist |
Name = Leahy

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Origin = flagicon|Canada Lakefield, Ontario
Genre = Folk/Country/Celtic
Years_active = 1980s – Present
Associated_acts = Shania Twain
Label = Virgin Records
URL = [http://www.leahymusic.com/ www.leahymusic.com]
Current_members = Donnell Leahy
Erin Leahy
Angus Leahy
Maria Leahy
Siobheann Donohue
Doug Leahy
Agnes Enright
Frank Leahy
Past_members = Denise Leahy
Chrissie Leahy
Julie Leahy

Leahy is the name of a Canadian folk music group. The eight band members, all from the Leahy family of eleven siblings, are from Lakefield, Ontario and 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 Jamboree concerts in Saskatchewan and 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 Tour and 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 MacMaster and 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 A&B Sound.



External links

* [http://leahymusic.com/news.php Official website]

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