Denise Flack



LEAHY is an award-winning Canadian Celtic music group known for their unique blend of traditional and contemporary music genres. The band is comprised of siblings from the 11 member Leahy family. Denise is number 3 in the line-up and is the lead singer for the group. Known for her big ideas and vast musical tastes, Denise brings her creative visions to life in what has become one of Music Camp’s most poplar events: Camp Chorus!  Yes, this was the brainchild of Denise and for years now, one of the most exciting collaborative endeavours. A huge but exhilarating project  that involves the contributions of multiple instructors and participants alike!

Growing up in a house full of music, Denise began singing and playing as a child. Frank and Julia Leahy provided ample opportunities for their children to participate in the many house parties, concerts, fiddle contests and local fairs and festivals. She participated in local choirs as a young girl, which had a big impact on her vocal development.

Denise’s passion for song and arrangement is driven by this early education. Denise continues to write music for LEAHY as they tour North America. This process of writing music is not often a structured, formulaic experience. For Denise, inspiration strikes in the moment: often while driving, or when a particular melody or rhythm stands out. The journey of writing, arranging and performing music is one that must be truly felt by Denise, which is evident in her dynamic musical presence, both vocally and instrumentally.

All of the Leahys continue to be immersed in music in a variety of ways; nurturing their own children, and reaching out in their respective communities, collaborating, teaching, writing, producing and performing. For the Leahys, Camp is one of the most rewarding experiences of their musical career. “It is a small way for us to give back to the communities and culture that afforded us a life of music in the arts. Working with fellow musicians and aspiring artists is a gift beyond words. The participants who attend the Camp feel like extended family to us; we see many of them return each year which means we see them develop and grow. What a privilege! Every Music Camp is a reunion! We can so easily identify with them and their musical experiences. It’s a journey we know well and enjoy sharing and navigating with others”.

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