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Vancouver based bluesy-folk singer/songwriter Leah Barley was born in Saskatchewan and raised Ontario where she spent the summers barefoot and surrounded by music
at her family cottage in Muskoka.
Acting and dancing since grade school it wasn't until she moved to Canmore, Alberta in her early twenties that she experienced
and fell in love with bluegrass and old time country music.
After buying herself a banjo she was writing and performing at open mics within two months and has been on a roll ever since
releasing her first EP "Fly Away" once she came to Vancouver in 2010, her second "Close Your Eyes" in early 2014, and her third "Come Home" in September 2016.
She can now be found performing solo or accompanied by the Converse Cowboys; outstanding violist John Kastelic (NO MOTHERS, Marina & the Specks, Black Dog String Quartet)
and the hilarious and ridiculously talented instrumentalist
Ross Christopher Fairbairn (East Van Grass, Glenn Chatten Band).
Leah has toured parts of Canada solo and with the boys, at CBC Music in Vancouver (2017 & 2016) and has even played at the world famous Whiskey A Go Go and the Hotel Cafe in L.A.
singing with The Wayward Hearts.
She also plays banjo and sings with six piece Bluegrass band The Spillionaires, teaches vocal lessons at SoundHouse Studios in Vancouver, and is an aspiring actor and a Holistic Nutritionist.
~ Leah tells her bluesy-folk tales of love, loss, epic bike rides,
and broken homes with beautiful tones and a
ridiculous range that will make your hair stand on end.
Joined by the Converse Cowboys; outstanding violist
John Kastelic and the ridiculously talented instrumentalist
Ross Christopher Fairbairn, the trio bring a raw, dynamic,
and interactive performance with just enough boot stompin'
and the right amount of sass. ~