The momentum for international music artists Leahy continues to build with the release of their first Public Television Special, Leahy. To many, they are a phenomenon - the amount of raw talent and musicianship in one family is rarely experienced and not to be missed!
The Special premiered on producing station WLIW New York on Saturday, August 5 at 8 pm with members of Leahy live in the WLIW studio. A DVD and Live CD release will accompany the Public Television Special. The band now takes to the streets (theaters and clubs) as it embarks on another U.S. tour, which will run October 2006 - March 2007.
Leahy is the Canadian powerhouse of eight musical brothers and sisters who have been playing music their entire lives. Influenced by all musical genres - roots, pop, Celtic, classical, and country to name only a few, Leahy's sound is refreshingly honest and impossible to categorize. With platinum and gold albums under their belt not to mention their experience as the opening act on Shania Twain's inaugural world tour, their appeal continues to astound people as it crosses both generational and musical boundaries. This is one of the things that make them extra-ordinary; they defy norms and set new standards of unconventionality. Be it in music or everyday living, this reality has infiltrated their music to result in a sound and style that is original and identifiably their own. The Los Angeles Times raved "Leahy's approach seems so gloriously free of the commercial pollution of so much American pop that it felt like a tonic for the spirit."
Known for their musical excellence, athleticism, and passionate performances, they are a whirlwind triple threat of fiddle driven music, step dance, and vocals augmented by piano and percussion. "Leahy's energetic performance style appeals to all generations and breaks new ground, and we are thrilled to introduce them to a larger US audience through public television," said WLIW New York President and General Manager, Terrel Cass. The eight Leahy siblings in the Special are joined by two of Canada's greatest talents, Chanda Gibson and Natalie MacMaster, stars in their own right and also the wives of Leahy group members.
Even though the world is getting to know them now, their approach to both life and music was captured in 1985 in an Academy Award winning documentary entitled "Music Most of All." It is evident today that years of playing music and traveling the world has born a wisdom, purpose, and confidence in Leahy that exudes their every performance. Audiences are always brought to their feet and literally transformed by Leahy's show. Every sense is engaged. One cannot help but be totally entranced by their synergetic connection. You just don't get to see a phenomenon like this every day - with any group let alone a family....
"The live performance that Leahy puts on is unique and remarkable, and we are very happy that so many new audiences are going to be able to become familiar with this quickly rising band," says Toby Tumarkin of Columbia Artists Management, Leahy's U.S. agent. "Once people see the energy that Leahy puts into their shows and the reaction of thecrowds at their performances, I think that people will want to make sure that they are in attendance the next time Leahy comes to town."