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WELCOME

… to the website of Sharon Leahy & Rick Good

Original Creations & Living Traditions
DANCE, MUSIC, THEATER & FILM

The creative team of Leahy & Good began making art in the 1980s and has proven through the course of the past thirty-five years to be prolific, eclectic, inspiring and entertaining.

Where There is Love
photo by David Sherman

Represented here is our work as individuals, as a duo, and in our current ensembles: 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING?

GROUND FINE
Following the artistic success of Carry it on…, Sharon’s first dance for camera, she recently completed her second, GROUND FINE, which premeired August 3, 2017 at the Acadiana Center for the Arts.


Ground Fine dancers Emma Young, Kelli Jones and Clare Cook

Read all about it on the GROUND FINE page.

SUMMER CAMPS
Teaching dance and music at summer camps has been a part of our lives for nearly forty years. Folks of all ages take time off from their day-to-day lives to learn clogging, square dancing, singing and stringed instrument playing from professional artists.

This summer we had the pleasure of two camp experiences: Augusta Heritage Bluegrass Week, in West Virginia, and Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Southern Week, in New York.

AUGUSTA
Davis & Elkins College, in the hills of Elkins, West Virginia is the setting for all the Augusta Camps. Although we were there for Bluegrass Week, the name of our class was Choreography and Ensemble Building for Percussive Dancers.

Each morning and afternoon, Monday through Friday, Sharon led a group of nine able dancers through an intensive exploration of how dances are conceived and perfected. As always, Rick was on hand with banjo and guitar supplying music in a myriad of forms, both traditional and experimental.

Sharon and Rick also took part in a concert presented by Bluegrass Week staff members, as well as three evening square dances.


Sharon calls a square dance

ASHOKAN
Southern Week at Ashokan has been a part of our summers since the early eighties. This beautiful camp in the Catskills is home to the Ashokan Center, the oldest outdoor environmental education organization in New York State.

Among the many Southern Week activities, Rick leads an old time finger-style banjo class each morning and plays in the staff band for Sharon’s popular Team Clogging class each afternoon.


Team Clogging at the Root Review

Enjoy our old-timey version of Bob Dylan’s lovely love song, If Not For You, from Southern Week’s Old Time Radio Hour, an annual event that features performances by the staff.

THE ELEMENTS
Elements
Sharon, Sandy, Michael and Rick – photo by David Sherman

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.

We recently played a show with our tap dancing pal, Chris Erk in the old Rhythm in Shoes studio in downtown Dayton. It was a particularly intimate evening and those who were “in the loop” found out about it in time to to enjoy some great music and dance.

If you want to be “in the loop,” check our CALENDAR page now and then for regular updates.

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.

GOOD & YOUNG
Good&Young Blue Moon
Good & Young at the Blue Moon in Lafayette

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, bass and accordion, 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

(RNS) "Entrée des croisés à Constantinople," by Eugene Delacroix, circa 1885-1889, depicts the Crusaders entering Constantinople. For use with RNS-CRUSADER-HISTORY, transmitted Feb. 6, 2015. Photo courtesy New York Public Library.

Entrée des croisés à Constantinople,
Eugene Delacroix, courtesy of New York Public Library.

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.

The recording, featuring Rick on guitar and vocal, is available as a single digital download at CDBaby.com. You can also hear Rick’s recording of We All Belong to God on Youtube.

CARRY IT ON… in Michigan

Cover of DVD 7 2014
photo by Peggy Brisbane

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.

Print
photo by Andy Snow

We are delighted to announce that 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.

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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.

See the trailer on our LeahyGood YouTube channel, or view the entire film, embedded at the bottom of our CARRY IT ON FILM page.

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.


photo by Andy Snow

Website banner photo by Nate Cooper