Leahy Release New Single 'Little Moon' Friday, January 29, 2021
By Beverly Kreller - SPEAK Music.
Hot on the heels of their acclaimed first single “Good Water,” the title track of the upcoming album, and a gorgeous rendition of the holiday single “O Come All Ye faithful,” Canadian JUNO Award-winning group Leahy release a new single, “Little Moon,” on Friday, January 29th.
Canadian group Leahy has secured a place as one of the country’s most highly regarded progressive folk-roots groups. Ahead of the February 2021 release of their new full-length album Good Water, the platinum-selling group are set to launch the next single from the record, "Little Moon."
Produced by Grammy Award winner (and fellow Canadian) David Bottrill (Peter Gabriel, RUSH, Smashing Pumpkins, Afro Celt Sound System), "Little Moon" is an instrumental original that's so captivating, it sounds as if it was adapted from a timeless traditional melody. The song builds from a solo arpeggiated piano as it adds first a violin, then percussion, then a second violin, drums, and electric guitar. After it breaks down, with a brief but beguiling guitar solo, it returns, doubling the pleasure.
"Little Moon" also offers an excellent example of Leahy’s progressive sensibilities, as they bring their roots-based instrumental prowess into modern-day focus. Co-written by siblings Erin and Angus Leahy and, originally arranged for violin and piano, Leahy introduces the electric guitar into their sound in this song, played by Canadian rock guitarist, Nick Johnston. The passionate duet between violin and electric guitar highlights the exquisite features that make both of these the "first instruments" in their respective orbits of Celtic roots on one hand, and rock 'n' roll on the other.
Leahy's emergence on the Canadian music scene in the late 1990’s with their chart-topping instrumental single “Call to Dance”, introduced audiences to a new way of accessing a uniquely Canadian music genre. The Leahy approach to traditional music – a combination of stride piano, driving rhythm guitar, propulsive drumming and a distinctive bass guitar style – a wholly original sound – was the foundation from which fiddle-led instrumentals were launched to mainstream music listeners. A timely performance at the JUNO Awards led to being offered the opening act slot for Shania Twain on her record-breaking Come On Over tour. This amazing opportunity put their powerful performance in front of millions of music fans throughout North America and the UK.