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November 20, 2012
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Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at 7 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 20, 2012 – A traditional Leahy family Christmas is a time for friends and family, joyous song, lively dance and storytelling that lasts well into the night. This delightful family of musicians and dancers performs a festive blend of Celtic melodies and treasured Christmas carols with “A Leahy Family Christmas” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at 7 p.m. This performance is Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 are half price when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the concert on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

The performance will include a joyous blend of traditional Celtic melodies, the ensemble’s own signature hits and cherished Christmas carols from North America and the British Isles – interspersed with delightful seasonal stories. In addition, the Leahy children often join the ensemble on stage to sing and dance, as if the family were enjoying a gathering in their Canadian home. On stage, the Leahys demonstrate a contagious energy, effervescent spirit, ferocious footwork and a mastery of the fiddle.

 This Canadian octet of brothers and sisters (Donnell, Siobheann, Denise, Frank, Doug, Erin, Angus and Maria) grew up on a farm in Lakefield, Ontario and all the siblings – 11 total – were taught fiddling, singing and step dancing at a young age by their parents, and shortly after began performing in their small community and then across Canada. In 1985, the Leahys’ life story became the subject of “The Leahys: Music Most of All,” a documentary that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Student Film.” The band’s 1997 self-titled debut album, coupled with touring as the opening act for country star and fellow Canadian Shania Twain, launched Leahy into the international music scene. Throughout the years, Leahy’s four albums – “Leahy,” “Lakefield,” “In All Things” and “Live” – have sold more than a half million copies and earned Juno Awards in Canada. The band is currently working on its fifth album.


Tickets for LEAHY are $25, $42 and $50. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.


About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


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