… to the 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 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.
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 next appearance in the Dayton area will be at Blind Bob’s in the Oregon District on April 5th.
If you want to be “in the loop,” check our CALENDAR page now and then for regular updates.
Last summer we 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.
Our favorite place to play these days is Natalie’s, a popular live music venue in Worthington, Ohio. It’s the go-to place for quality alternative music of all kinds and the food is great as well. Our first appearance of the New Year was there in January. We’ll be booking another one soon, so keep in touch and come see us the next time we’re there!
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’ll be on staff at two fine camps in equally idyllic settings.
It will be our first time at the Miles of Music Camp and, based on everything we’ve heard, we’re expecting great things.
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.
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.
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.
We also took part in a concert presented by Bluegrass Week staff members, as well as three evening square dances.
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.
Read all about it on the GROUND FINE page.
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, 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
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 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