… to the official website of Sharon Leahy & Rick Good
Original Creations & Living Traditions
DANCE, MUSIC, THEATER & FILM
Represented here is our work as individuals, as a duo, and in ensembles like ShoeFly, Good & Young, The Elements and Knuck ‘n’ Futz. Also included is content which can no longer be found on the former Rhythm in Shoes website at www.rhythminshoes.org.
GOOD & YOUNG AT THE HIAWATHA MUSIC FESTIVAL
We’re just back from Hiawatha, one of our all-time favorite places to be. The Festival takes place in Marquette, Michigan near the shores of the incomparable Lake Superior. It had been way too long since our last trip north of the Bridge and it was great to get back.
For more than thirty years this Festival and the great folks who make it happen have enriched our lives and raised our spirits. A frequent summer stop for both the Hotmud Family and Rhythm in Shoes, it was a Good & Young gig this time around and a good bit of the tribe was there, including in-laws and grandchildren.
We performed some well-received sets of oldtime, bluegrass, swing and Cajun music with our daughter, Emma and her husband, Linzay, and we took good advantage of the U.P. while vacationing with Linzay’s parents, Wendell and Margaret Young and two of our grandchildren, Clay Cooper and baby Edith Young.
WHEATLAND MUSIC CAMP
Earlier this summer we were on staff at the first ever week long music camp, presented by our long time friends and collaborators of the Wheatland Music Organization, in Central Michigan.
Pictured above are all the staff members and campers, posing for a family photo at the end of the week. Destined to become a popular annual event, there truly was a family feeling among those who were fortunate enough to be there for the first year.
Our latest musical endeavor has us teamed-up with our longtime friends, Michael & Sandy Bashaw. We started playing music together in the privacy of our own homes and after more a year it’s, as we still say, a gas.
We’ve gotten back to the basics, calling ourselves The Elements, and our next public appearance is June 20th at the 2nd Annual Spring Valley Music Festival. Also, appearing at the one day festival will be The Hotmud Family, reuniting especially for the event.
The photo at the top of this page comes from the music video of Where There is Love, one of Michael and Sandy’s many fine songs with their band Puzzle of Light. The video is part of the Playing for Change movement and was made in Dayton, by Dayton artists.
The Carry it on… Live! DVD was released just in time for the 41st Wheatland Festival, in September of 2014. This dance extravaganza took place at the Wheatland Music Festival’s 40th Anniversary Celebration and featured over seventy performers, including the finest percussive dancers in the country.
The live concert set is available for digital downloading at the Wheatland Music Organization website. A limited number of collector’s copies with an eight-page commemorative booklet is also available, while they last.
See the COLLABORATIONS page for a description of the entire project.
We are delighted to announce that that Sharon’s first film, Carry it on… was selected for screening at Triskelion Arts Dance Film Lab in Brooklyn on June 5th.
The film was also screend in 2014, at three of the most prestigious screendance festivals in the United States.
San Francisco Dance Film Festival, November 6-9 at the Brava Theater Center in the Mission District; International Screen Dance Festival, July 12th in Durham, NC at the American Dance Festival (ADF); and Dance on Camera Festival, January 31st – February 4th, co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has further included Carry it on… in their touring roster for the year, resulting in a showing at the 13th Annual Dance on Camera Festival at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor.
Now available on DVD!
See our MERCHANDISE Page for details.
LATEST CD RELEASE!
Rick’s long-awaited collection of banjo music, representing over forty years of playing, is now available for order on our MERCHANDISE page. Rick Good – The Human Banjo Player is also available at CD Baby for credit card purchase and digital download. With seventeen tracks of traditional and original music played in both the clawhammer and finger-styles on several different kinds of banjos, lovers of the five-string banjo are in for a real sonic treat.
Rick is a wonderful writer of songs and tunes… and boy, can he play the banjo! His love for the old sources shines throughout… there’s not a clunker in all 17 of the songs and tunes… he has put forth some very cool arrangements and ideas in this fine CD.
Alice Gerrard – Old Time Herald – Volume 13, Number 5
If you like banjo in any form, you will love this disc. It is a masterpiece performed by a master musician.
Dan Levenson = Banjo Newsletter Volume 40, Number 12
Watch and hear video clips of Sharon’s and Rick’s work from the vast and varied repertoire of Rhythm in Shoes, now accessible and ever expanding on the LeahyGood YouTube channel, as well as this site’s VIDEO page.
Website banner photo by Nate Cooper