Family Musical Group Leahy to Perform at Center for the Arts

Posted: February 27, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A Canadian octet of brothers and sisters called Leahy is capturing countless fans with compelling fiddle-driven music, meticulous step dancing and enchanting vocals. Leahy will perform at Mason’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 15, at 8 p.m.

With a style planted squarely in their Irish and Scottish roots, these talented siblings explore a broad range of musical genres and cultures with a formidable instrumental prowess.

A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.


The Leahys were raised on a farm near Lakefield, Ontario. Each of the Leahy children learned to play the Celtic fiddle from their father, while their mother taught them to sing, dance and play the piano. The siblings also learned a variety of other instruments, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, drums and bass. During performances they often switch instruments, each demonstrating their skills.

The ensemble first gained attention as the subject of a documentary “The Leahys: Music Most of All,” which won an Academy Award for “Best Student Foreign Film” in 1985.

In 1998, Leahy gained international attention when fellow Canadian Shania Twain invited the ensemble to open her debut world tour. Since then, Leahy has toured actively, introducing audiences across the globe to their high-energy, spellbinding performances.

In addition, Leahy has released three acclaimed CDs, “Leahy,” “Lakefield” and “In All Things,” which have sold over half a million copies worldwide. They are planning on releasing their second live CD and DVD later this year.

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