It's a familiar story. Like so many others, the Leahy sisters began singing in the choir at church. This experience was key in the development of their natural blend and rich harmonies. At the same time, a love of traditional, celtic instrumental music and step-dancing was being instilled in them, handed down by their parents in the Irish, Scottish, French-Canadian, and Cape Breton traditions. Added to this, they each had different personal tastes in music which meant everyone was exposed to a broad array of singers, song-writers, instrumentalists, bands, and musical genres.
The Leahys features five of the seven Leahy sisters, along with one of four brothers. While the Leahy Family, and later LEAHY, have made several records that include vocals, the pre-dominant focus has been traditional, celtic instrumental music. In this new project, they place an emphasis on songs, song-writing, and the gorgeous vocal blend of harmonies that come when siblings sing together. Their repertoire maintains the distinctive sound of the family's roots, being celtic, traditional, and instrumental music. Opening up to the vocal side of their musical passion is just one more natural step in their ever evolving world of family, music, art, and creativity.
The Leahys are:
Julie Frances -vocals/piano
Siobheann - bass guitar/vocals/fiddle/piano
Maria - guitar/vocals/banjo
Frank - drums/fiddle/vocals
The Leahys will be in the Esplanade Main Theatre Saturday March 11, 2017 at 8 PM. Tickets are $39 (+s/c +gst).