Leahy is the name of a Canadian folk music group. The eight band members, all from the Leahy family of eleven siblings, are from Lakefield, Ontario and have been actively touring Canada and internationally since the early 1980s when they were known as The Leahy Family.
The line-up of the group varies depending upon the availability of its members who come and go due to marriage, raising children, and other commitments. During the 1980s and early 1990s, the band recorded a number of privately-released LPs and cassettes (most of which used the same title, The Leahy Family) which were sold at their concerts and they were frequent guests at the Big Valley Jamboree concerts in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
In 1997 the band resumed recording with their "relaunch" album, Leahy which also introduced the group's new branding. Leahy was an instrumental album, but the band also includes vocal performances in their live performances and subsequent albums have included both vocals and instrumentals.
Despite their already-established history, they were awarded two Juno awards in 1998, for Best New Group and Best Instrumental Artist. The following year, Leahy took a third Juno Award, for Best Country Group or Duo. Also in 1998, Leahy were added as the opening act for Canadian country singer Shania Twain's 1998 Come on Over Tour and were featured in two television specials from the tour, Live and The Specials, performing with Twain on the song "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)".
The group's members are both instrumentalists and dancers, with several members skilled in fiddle-playing (most notably the group's best-known member, Donnell Leahy). The female members of the band often perform step-dancing-style routines, and it is generally the female members of the group who sing.
All members of the band are siblings. Each member has a main role they play in the band; although most play more than one instrument and all step dance.
These three sisters are not currently active in the band's touring schedule.
• Denise Leahy — Vocals (performed with group summer 2009)
• Chrissie Leahy — Keyboards
• Julie Leahy — Vocals
Cape Breton Medley
The Call to Dance
Don Messer Medley
Seamus (Eamon Coyne’s, Longford Collector)
Down the Road
DA (Stoney Lake & Juniper Island)
Leviathan (Rapids, Leviathan)
Don’t Let Me Down
A Love Never Known
G Minor Medley
In All Things 2004
Wedding Day Jig
Pointe Au Pic Medley
I Want You to Know