WELCOME

… to the official 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 mid-1980s and has proven through the course of the past thirty 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 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING?

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photo by Andy Snow

We are delighted to announce that that Sharon’s first film, Carry it on… has been selected for screening at the 2014 San Francisco Dance Film Festival, November 6-9 at the Brava Theater Center in the Mission District.

The link above will take you to the Carry it On… page at the Festival site where you can buy tickets for the Sunday showing and watch trailers for both the film and the entire Festival.

Carry it on… was also an official selection at the 2014 International Screen Dance Festival on July 12th.

Presented in Durham, NC by the American Dance Festival (ADF), this honor came on the heels of the 2014 Dance on Camera Festival co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association.

That festival took place January 31st – February 4th at Lincoln Center in New York City and, according to several of the cast members from the film who were in attendance, it was very well received.

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center has further included Carry it on… in their touring roster for the year and, just recently, it was included in 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 and, for more information, go to our CARRY IT ON FILM page.

Cover of DVD 7 2014
photo by Peggy Brisbane

We have also just finished post-production work on the Carry it on… Live! DVD. This dance extravaganza took place at the Wheatland Music Festival’s 40th Anniversary Celebration last September and featured over seventy performers, including the finest percussive dancers in the country.

A limited number of collector’s copies are now available just in time for the 41st annual festival this September. Carry it on… Live! will also soon be available for digital downloading. More about that later.

See the COLLABORATIONS page for a description of the entire project.

MUSIC OF THE CIVIL WAR
Rick will be playing two Ohio dates in 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 upcoming appearances in Ohio—both Civil War related concerts—will take 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. For more information, check the Jay & Molly website.

WHAT JUST HAPPENED?

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

Our latest musical endeavor has us teamed-up with our longtime friends, Michael & Sandy Bashaw. We have been playing music together in the privacy of our own homes for the better part of a year and it’s been, as we still say, a gas.

We’ve gotten back to the basics, calling ourselves The Elements and we’re just starting to take our music out for evening shows. Our most recent public appearance was at Spinoza’s Restaurant in Dayton. A fine group of shiny, happy people showed up to enjoy good food, drink and, of course, the music.

We first ventured out at the Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) in downtown Dayton back in May.

That evening’s entertainment was part of Dayton’s regular First Friday events and included the final screening of Carry it On…, our eighteen minute, Dance for Camera film that had been showing at DVAC since April 22nd.

The Elements next appearance will be at Natalie’s in Worthington, Ohio on the 6th of December. See our CALENDAR page for more information.

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.

KNUCK ‘N’ FUTZ at the World Buskers Festival in New Zealand

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Come back Mr. Knucklehead

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.

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Bravo, Mr. Knucklehead, Bravo! (click to enlarge)

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.


photo by Andy Snow

Website banner photo by Nate Cooper