photo by Caleigh Mayer
Vancouver based 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 moved to Vancouver in 2010, her second Close Your Eyes in early 2014, and her third Come Home in September 2016. Now, she's currently recording her first full length album Bring Out Your Dead.
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 JUNOfest in 2018, at CBC Music in Vancouver (2017 & 2016), at the Chilliwack Bluegrass Festival (2017, w/the Spillionaires), at Woodstove Festival (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.
Her music video for Daddy (2019) has been nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award from the Yorkton Film Festival in Saskatchewan and she was the Banjo Reserve's featured Artist in February 2019.
Leah can be found performing solo or accompanied by her backing band; outstanding violist John Kastelic (Salt Thief, Black Dog String Quartet), multi-instrumentalist Ross Christopher Fairbairn or playing banjo and singing with five piece Swampgrass band The Spillionaires.
When she's not on stage she's working on set as an actor and background performer.
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Mountains, the first single off Leah's upcoming album Bring Out Your Dead, will be released August 21!
The Railway Club, February 2019. photos by Caleigh Mayer
photos by Caleigh Mayer Dec 2, 2017, Lana Lou's, Vancouver
photos by KL PHOTOGRAPH Sept 16, 2016, Wise Hall, Vancouver
photos by PLDH Photography, July, 2016