Band with two Orangeville residents releases new album

February 18, 2021   ·   0 Comments

By Jessica Laurenza

One of Canada’s most highly respected progressive folk-roots bands, Leahy, is set to release their fourth studio album, Good Water, on Feb. 26. Produced by Grammy Award winner, David Bottrill, the band feels like this is the most ambitious recording project to date.

Leahy arrived on the Canadian music scene in the late 1990s after opening for Shania Twain on her ‘Come On Over’ tour and are now one of Canada’s most highly regarded musical groups. They won two JUNO awards in 1997 for Best Instrumental Group, Best New Group and Best Country Group the following year.

Originally from Lakefield (a town southwest of Peterborough), the generational band is composed of five sisters, their brother and his son. Sisters include Denise as lead vocalist; Erin as pianist, fiddler and vocalist; Maria as acoustic guitarist, mandolin player and vocalist; Julie Frances as pianist, keyboardist and vocalist; and Siobheann as bass guitarist, fiddler and vocalist. Brother Frank plays drums and fiddles while his son Xavier – the newest addition to the band – is an electric and acoustic guitarist, accordion player and fiddler. Frank and Xavier currently reside in Orangeville but the band’s home base is still Lakefield.

With more than 500,000 copies of their albums sold worldwide, Leahy knows no boundaries during musical exploration. They’re constantly evolving their sound to encompass folk and roots with pop and rock.

“The production is full and rich and makes the chorus of voices shimmer and shine as they speak their truth,” Roots Music Canada comments.

This album highlights Leahy’s songwriting and harmonious singing combined with the addition of Xavier’s electric guitar and accordion to accompany their existing collection of instruments. They also introduced electric guitar into their sound on “Little Moon,” played by Canadian rock guitarist, Nick Johnston.

The title track lyric video, produced by Julie Frances Leahy, dropped Jan. 22 and holds a timely message to bring people together in a world struggling with anxiety, turmoil and uncertainty. The harmonies on “Good Water” create a unity of both feeling and purpose. “In the bitter dust of 2020, all of us are ‘thirsting for good water,’” Roots Music Canada states.

You can view the title track lyric video on YouTube at and download the entire album on all major platforms where music is streamed or downloaded, on Feb. 26.

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