CD Leahy (CD 953683),
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  • 1. B Minor
    2. Cape Breton Medley
    3. McBrides
    4. French, The
    5. Call to Dance, The
    6. Alabama
    7. Don Messer Medley
    8. Czardas
    9. Colm Quigley
    10. Coulin, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 42955

  • Credits
    ProducerLance Anderson
    EngineerRick Anderson; Rick Hazelwood; Rick Andersen

    Leahy: Maria (acoustic guitar, mandolin); Doug, Angus, Donnell (fiddle); Agnes (stepdancing); Erin (piano, keyboards); Siobheann (bass); Frank (drums).
    Recorded at Cherry Beach Sound Ltd., Toronto, Canada. Includes liner notes by Leahy.
    Personnel: Maria Leahy (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle, piano, dancer); Julie (vocals, mandolin, piano, dancer); Erin Leahy (vocals, fiddle, piano, keyboards, dancer); Agnes Leahy, Siobhan (vocals, fiddle, piano, dancer); Doug Leahy (fiddle, saxophone, dancer); Angus Leahy (fiddle, piano, dancer); Frank Leahy (fiddle, drums, dancer); Donnell Leahy (fiddle, dancer).
    Audio Mixer: Rick Andersen.
    Recording information: Cherry Beach Sound Ltd., Toronto, Canada.
    Photographer: Dean Maher.
    Arrangers: Donnell Leahy; Leahy.
    By combining traditional Celtic music with country and a spectacular live act, Canada's Leahy drew rave reviews, and their self-titled debut is the closest you can get to the excitement of a Leahy concert. The two best tracks are undoubtedly "The Call to Dance" and "B Minor," which both have accompanying videos as well. The former starts quiet and slow, eventually becoming a full-blown dance tune, while the latter is the album's leadoff track and serves as a fine introduction to Leahy (foot-stomping rhythms, swirling fiddles, piano flourishes, etc.). Other highlights include "Czardas," a Hungarian dance tune that is a showcase for the talents of fiddler Donnell, and "Alabama," which creates a wonderful, festive atmosphere. Leahy's self-titled debut is a must-have for fans of expertly crafted -- and played -- world music. ~ Greg Prato

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