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Vancouver based blues folk-rock 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.
With just over a decade of performing under her belt, Leah has been compared to artist such as Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse, and Janis Joplin. She's toured parts of Canada for the past four years, performed 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.
Leah can be found performing solo or accompanied by the Converse Cowboys; outstanding violist John Kastelic (Salt Thief, Marina & the Specks, Black Dog String Quartet)
and the hilarious and ridiculously talented instrumentalist
Ross Christopher Fairbairn (East Van Grass, Glenn Chatten Band) or singing and playing banjo with six piece Bluegrass band The Spillionaires.
~ 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. ~