Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sharing Insight and Talent! ~ The Next Generation Leahy

Our interview continues with ~The Children ~ Sharing Insight and Talent! ~ The Next Generation Leahy
For this “INSIDE SCOOP” with Doug Leahy and his family at their homestead farm in Lakefield for a “family interview”, we thought we would profile the children.
The Next Generation Leahy
At Home with
Ontario Festivals Visited
~ 12 year old Adele enjoys the classical piano and from that she has learned to be extremely disciplined. She shares with us that the “magic happens” during the creative collaboration. Adele learns by “ear training” and enjoys composing. She tells us that she likes to tell her own story, with uniqueness emphasized; she says she “just knows”. She is extremely talented playing the cello, piano, step dancing, vocals, enjoys baking, like the Toronto Maple Leafs; and in school, embraces math.
We asked Adele, being the oldest child, if she felt a responsibility to inspire the younger kids. She does feel the need to protective them and tells us that it isn’t easy ~ you just can not stand there on the side-lines. She likes to “engage” with the other kids. She is excited to show, embrace the nature of fun and likes to join in with the younger siblings! Adele started playing the cello at a very young age, as Mom tells us, Adele used to use steak knives to practice.
~ 11 year old Gregory loves to build and fix just about anything with his hands. He enjoys playing the fiddle, accordion, piano, step dancing and vocals. Gregory shares with us that he learned to play on the “internet”, through “Skype”. Playing the French Accordion takes a great deal of concentration, but, Gregory practices a lot and is very talented. He now is teaching other children and sharing in what he has learned, through “Skype” and on-line internet. Gregory likes the farm work, ride horses, cattle and looking after them.
The Next Generation Leahy
Westben Arts Festival Theatre
Ontario Festivals Visited
~ Interview
~ 9 year old Angus loves to play any sports and playing the fiddle, piano, step dancing, and vocals.
~ 7 year old Cecilia is quite the card shark! I would have to think that entertaining an audience might be the catalyst for this skill. She too loves playing the fiddle, piano, step dancing, and vocals.
~ 6 year old Joseph is found farming with his Dad (24/7), except when he too is playing the fiddle, piano, step dancing, and singing. Joseph also enjoys soccer and sports in general. They were keen to show off their “golf swings” in the front yard just before we left.
Evelyn "hamming it up" with the boys
The Next Generation Leahy
Ontario Festivals Visited
~ Interview
~ 4 year old Evelyn loves to create new dance steps and “tunes” on the piano. At the Westben Arts Festival Theatre she “stole the show” with her sweet smile, great charm and humor! The young entertainer did not “miss a beat”!

Stay tuned for great insights and more “INSIDE SCOOP” with The Next Generation Leahy ~ “Get in the Game”! ~ “Practice, Practice, Practice”! In the meantime, we welcome you to follow Doug Leahy and The Next Generation Leahy at http://www.dougleahy.com/home.html. Their 2015 Tour Schedule is available as they journey across North America.

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