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Previously referred to as the Leahy Family, this Celtic pop group from Lakefield, Ontario, features nine Leahy siblings — from oldest to youngest: singer/songwriter Julie, bassist Siobheann, fiddler Donnell, guitarist Maria, drummer Frank, pianist Agnes, fiddler Doug, pianist Erin, and fiddler Angus. The siblings, with their parents (Frank and Julie) and two additional siblings who dropped to go after music professionally, started performing through the 1970s, creating a special style informed not merely by Celtic customs but additionally Canadian folk and French-Canadian stage dance. The family’s recognition soared once the music artists were the main topic of the Academy Award-winning 1985 college student film The Leahy’s: Music Primarily, but real life concerns like college, careers, and relationship ultimately relegated the Leahy Family’s shows to special events. By the middle-’90s, however, the kids had developed and made a decision to switch professional. Dubbing themselves basically Leahy, they released their eponymous debut LP on Narada in 1997. They toured with Shania Twain the next year and continuing releasing albums in to the early 2000s.

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