Center for the Arts Presents ‘Leahy Family Christmas’

Posted: November 30, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 29, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Leahy returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts with an energetic program titled “Leahy Family Christmas” on Friday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. The Canadian octet of brothers and sisters was described by the Buffalo News as “fresh, vibrant and engaging,” as they explore the family’s Irish-Scottish musical roots.

Raised on a cattle farm in Lakefield, Ontario, the Leahy siblings learned to play Celtic fiddle from their father, while their mother taught them to sing, dance and play the piano. They also learned to play a variety of other instruments including guitar, banjo, mandolin, drums and bass. During performances they often switch instruments. The band has released four CDs and is currently recording its fifth album, which will be released in 2011.

A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

“Leahy Family Christmas” is a family friendly performance. Tickets are $48, $40, $24, and half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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