… 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 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.
Following the artistic success of her first dance film, Carry it on…, Sharon is currently in the post-production phase of Ground Fine, a new dance for camera that she recently directed in Lafayette, Louisiana.
The filming took place in April in the 1950s style kitchen of Camelia House in Lafayette where three dancers expressed in movement their rocky relationship with food.
Dancer Emma Young, daughter of Sharon and Rick, is no stranger to Rhythm in Shoes fans, nor is Kelli Jones, a graduate of the University of Louisiana Dance Department who also danced with RIS. Clair Cook, whose own company, Clare Cook Dance Theater is a key player in the presentation of the film’s premiere (see below), rounds out the dancing trio.
The sountrack is a song that Rick wrote for the film with ’50s swamp pop favorites, Cookie and His Cupcakes in mind. Titled, Why Must I Love What Hurts Me So, it features Rick and Sharon on duet vocals with Joel Savoy on electric guitar, Nick Stephan on sax and keyboard, Cal Stevenson on bass, and Danny DeVillier on drums.
Presented by Runaway Dish & Clare Cook Dance Theater, the project pairs choreographers with chefs—a natural for Louisiana.
Each piece of choreography will be accompanied before, after or during its performance by food prepared by the collaborating chef. Sharon is paired with chef, Katie Platt of Feel Good Foods.
Ground Fine will be the only film shown at the otherwise live performances.
If you can’t make it to the ACA in August, you can look forward to seeing the finished product here, on our website, after its summer premiere.
Our latest musical endeavor has us teamed-up with our longtime Ohio friends, Michael & Sandy Bashaw. We call ourselves The Elements and we do our best to keep it real in a most eclectic way.
Our favorite place to play is Natalie’s, a popular live music venue in Columbus. It’s the go-to place for quality alternative music of all kinds and the food is great as well.
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.
When were in Louisiana, we have the pleasure of playing with our daughter Emma and her husband Linzay in the Good & Young Family Band.
It’s a veritable festival of traditional music and dance when we crank up the fiddle, banjo, guitar and bass, and sing our way through America.
Be sure to check our CALENDAR page regularly for details regarding all our appearances, North & South.
We All Belong to God
A Modern Prayer
Inspired by past and current wars, this original song by Rick Good is a prayer for all those who have been harmed by violence committed in the name of one religion or another.
CARRY IT ON… in Michigan
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