Leah Barley and the Converse Cowboys – CBC Vancouver




Leah Barley and The Converse Cowboys brought their bluegrass brilliance to and eclipse day version of the musical nooners at CBC Vancouver this afternoon. Born in Saskatchewan and raised Ontario, Leah Barley was exposed to music from an early age. It is hard to believe that the Vancouver based bluesy-folk singer/songwriter only came to the bluegrass scene in her early twenties.  She has certainly made up for lost time, and has established herself as a solid performer. Her first EP “Fly Away” was released in 2010, followed by “Close Your Eyes” in 2014, and her latest “Come Home” in September 2016.
Today’s show contained tracks from this back catalog as well as an upbeat cover of John Fogarty’s Rolling on the River. Violist John Kastelic, and the guitar/banjo/double bass playing of Ross Christopher Fairbairn complemented Leah’s vocals and banjo playing, with all three taking turns on vocals, demonstrating the depth of talents in this amazing three-piece.

You can see more of Leah and the “boys” on Wednesday at the Café Deux Soliels, where they will be guesting for Montreal’s Ghostly Hounds.

To keep up to date with Leah’s music and touring follow her at her website http://www.leahbarleymusic.com

Gallery below courtesy of Stewart Johnstone