… 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 and The Elements. Also included is content which can no longer be found on the former Rhythm in Shoes website at www.rhythminshoes.org.
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.
WHAT JUST HAPPENED?
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 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.
MUSIC OF THE CIVIL WAR
Rick played two Ohio dates last November with long time friends, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason. The New York duo is best known for their contribution to Ken Burns’ Public Television series about the Civil War. Their Ohio appearances—both Civil War related concerts—took place Thursday, November 13, at Miami University’s Parrish Auditorium in Hamilton, and Friday, November 14, at Grand Army of the Republic Hall, in Peninsula.
KNUCK ‘N’ FUTZ at the World Buskers Festival in New Zealand
Nate Cooper, the irrepressible funny-man, dancer and all around master of mischievous hi-jinx, returned in January to Christchurch, New Zealand for his third appearance at the annual World Buskers Festival. This time, with Sharon directing and Rick performing with Nate, the ten day Festival, which features street performers from around the world, showcased the New Vaudeville team of E. Meritus Futzbudget and Mr. Knucklehead, better known as, Knuck ‘n’ Futz.
See a video montage of Knuck ‘n’ Futz at the 21st Annual World Buskers Festival in Christchurch.
Most recently, Knuck ‘n’ Futz made several encore performances at Burlington Vermont’s Festival of Fools, August 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
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