Lakefield

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Barnes & Noble - Emily King
If music be the food of love, Leahy are one big well-fed family. Nine Irish-Canadian brothers and sisters from the farm country of Ontario, they got to know the States as the opening act for country star Shania Twain and they repeatedly blew the audience away with their mix of tight traditional Celtic ceilidh, homespun Riverdance-style stepdancing and a totally 21st-century fusion of their own devising. Hard-driving insistent emotions fuel fiddle-based tunes like "Seamus" or "Leviathan." While lead-singer sister Denise Leahy adds a heart-simple melancholy to songs like "Don't Let Me Down" and "A Love Never Known," backed up by her sisters' sweet harmonies. A true ...
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Barnes & Noble - Emily King
If music be the food of love, Leahy are one big well-fed family. Nine Irish-Canadian brothers and sisters from the farm country of Ontario, they got to know the States as the opening act for country star Shania Twain and they repeatedly blew the audience away with their mix of tight traditional Celtic ceilidh, homespun Riverdance-style stepdancing and a totally 21st-century fusion of their own devising. Hard-driving insistent emotions fuel fiddle-based tunes like "Seamus" or "Leviathan." While lead-singer sister Denise Leahy adds a heart-simple melancholy to songs like "Don't Let Me Down" and "A Love Never Known," backed up by her sisters' sweet harmonies. A true collective, the Leahys developed the tunes on Lakefield -- named after their farm country home -- as if they were very much at home, each talented sibling adding his or her part to create this seamless, swinging whole.
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This is divided between instrumentals emphasizing the Celtic component of this Celtic-pop-rock group, and vocal numbers with more of an adult contemporary rock feel. It's an approach with much more crossover potential than most Celtic music, as evidenced by their success touring with Shania Twain. That doesn't mean this is better than other Celtic or Celtic-derived music, and in fact, in this case it means it's worse. Certainly their skills on fiddle and no less than seven of the nine members play the instrument are undoubted. But the drums have a dishearteningly slick mainstream pop thud, and the vocal material is really dull middle-of-the-road pop given Celtic trimmings. Yes, efforts to merge Celtic music with other forms to create something different and more flexible can be a good idea, but this definitely is not the best of both worlds.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2001
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 724384571627
  • Catalog Number: 45716
  • Sales rank: 129,032

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leahy Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Al Robinson Cover Photo
Jeff Wolpert Engineer
Chris Bellman Mastering
Leahy Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Mike Phillips Engineer
Richard Beland Cover Packaging
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kosovo Mood Music

    What can I say except when one has loads of dead time in some backwoods Baltic country, listening to the music of Leahy really helped get me through some trying times. I really enjoyed the instrumental music of Mission, Seamus, DA, Leviathan, G Minor Medley, and the Skater. The vocals on the rest are quite good and a change from all instrumental. Daydreaming what passages from Mountaineers' Honor these instrumentals go well with helped write the story. Played on the road, you have to mind your speed because of the toe tapping that results.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Real Let-Down

    I liked Leahy's self-titled CD, so I was excited about this one. However, I was disappointed. Too much drumming makes the music more pop than anything, and the vocal tracks don't fit with the instrumental ones. Two or three of the tracks were all right, but the rest was really mediocre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Successful Followup!!!

    I have been a fan of Leahy's since '97 when, on a whim, I went to see them live. I have been hooked ever since. I've always felt that their studio CD's don't quite do them justice as part of their magnetism is seeing them perform live (as is the case with many artists) But nonetheless, their self-titled CD was stellar, full of contagious enthusiasm and a great way to introduce their sound and style of French Canadian/Irish/Scottish/Your-own desciption here: fiddle sawing musicianship. If you're a returning fan and have practically worn grooves in their self-titled (which came out in '96) you will once again notice their prevalent sound in their newest effort, ''Lakefield''. To me, it sounds a bit more contemporary (ALMOST borderline celtic pop sounding), I believe, due largely in part to the addition of 6 vocal tracks. The vocal tracks are a welcomed addition and do not in anyway detract from the ferocious fiddle playing Leahy is so well-known for. In fact, the fiddles and vocal harmonies compliment each other very well, it's a good marriage so to speak. The track, ''Borrowed Time'' is especially lovely and haunting. Over all, this album is very upbeat, positive and uplifting. Those who have heard Leahy before will become entranced with it as well as newcomers who are venturing into Leahy's world for the first time. IMHO: I strongly suggest if you EVER have the opporunity to see Leahy perform live, do it!! It is simply amazing how much energy exudes from these talented siblings in their shows.....anyone who has had the pleasure can testify to that.

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