Center for the Arts Presents ‘Leahy Family Christmas’

Posted: December 13, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: December 13, 2010 at 10:47 am

When this charming Canadian octet of brothers and sisters known as Leahy last performed at Mason’s Center for the Arts, they packed the house and brought the audience to its feet. Leahy returns to the Center for the Arts on Friday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. with an energetic and joyous program titled “Leahy Family Christmas.”

Demonstrating its members’ formidable musical prowess and dancing, this performance will mix Celtic melodies with traditional Christmas carols.

The award-winning band members grew up playing music together on the family farm in Lakefield, Ontario, exploring the family’s Irish-Scottish musical roots while perfecting their talents on their instruments. The eight siblings learned to play Celtic fiddle from their father, while their mother taught them to sing, dance and play the piano. They also learned a variety of instruments, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, drums and bass, and often switch instruments during performances, demonstrating remarkable skill on each.

Leahy has since captured the hearts and minds of countless fans with engaging fiddle-driven music, awe-inspiring dancing and enchanting vocals. The band has released four CDs – “Leahy,” “Lakefield,” “In All Things” and “Leahy Live in Gatineau” – and a live DVD. Leahy is also in the process of recording the band’s fifth CD, which will be released in 2011.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 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.

Tickets are $48, $40 and $24; tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when the child is accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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