Maria Leahy

Banjo | Guitar | Stepdancing

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.

Maria is number 6 in the line-up and plays acoustic guitar, banjo, and mandolin for the group. “When you have music in your blood, you can’t fully be yourself without it playing a significant role in your life. This means every aspect of your life is affected.  Music is a gift that keeps on giving.” For Maria, the musical experience is one of mystery; the intangible sense of music being one with a person’s soul.

18 years ago, Maria and her siblings hosted the first Leahy Music Camp. After years of touring, the Leahy siblings wanted to dedicate time to meeting and getting to know the people who had been attending their concerts for decades. With campers of all ages attending from all over North America, Leahy Music Camp became an annual tradition: each year, the Leahys look forward to reuniting with old friends, meeting new musicians, to learn and play music. Since then, Leahy Music Camp has developed into a musical world of its own. Each year, Maria and the Leahys work to give campers a taste of the musical environment they were immersed in as children. Though she loves to dance and enjoys the developmental work that takes place in the classroom, Maria’s main role at Leahy Music Camp is to facilitate the operations and organization of the annual gathering. 

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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