Wednesday night, we had the chance to see Leahy—a quasi-Celtic family outfit out of Canada—in concert at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium. I had never heard of them before, but my wife had seen them and raved about them, so I took it on blind faith and went to see them sight unseen (or is that sound unheard?). So what is “quasi-Celtic” music? It’s Scottish-influenced traditional Irish sounds, tinged with a heavy dose of country fiddle, Irish step dancing, some pop, and a bit of gospel. It’s Leahy. And it sounds really, really good in concert, even if the acoustics in McFarlin leave something to be desired.
(The fact that we got to see them play at all is a bit of luck. My sweetie originally thought that she was heading out of town Wednesday night, but as it turned out, she wasn’t leaving until Thursday night, leaving Wednesday night unexpectedly free for what ended up being 2 1/2 hours of concert-going.)
Leaving the concert, I confessed to my wife that I was in love with Erin, one of the seven (!) sisters that comprise the group. Then again, Erin is a cute brunette who plays a wicked piano (as well as playing fiddle and guitar when called upon), step dances, and speaks with an adorable Scottish lilt, so what’s not to love? My sweetie indulged me my “affair”, just as she always does. (And besides, I may be in love with Erin, but I luuuuuuuv my sweetie, as I made a point of mentioning. Repeatedly.)
If you’re looking for something more “authentic” as far as Celtic sounds go, you may be better off with Solas or the like. (And for the record, I love Solas—saw them when they opened for Mary-Chapin Carpenter years ago in Boston.) But if you’re willing to stretch musical definitions a bit, give Leahy a go. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.