Growing up performing songs and tunes learned from their musical parents The Sands Family and from other renowned musicians, it is no wonder this new folk group 'Na Leanai' (pronounced Na Lah-nee) are taking the Irish music scene by storm.
Na Leanai grew up as sons and daughters of the famous County Down Folk Group and after spending many of their years growing up singing with the family, they made the decision in 2014 to officially form the band. Band members include:
Sorcha Turnbull (Daughter of Anne Sands)
Ryanne Sands (Daughter of Ben Sands)
Eimear Keane (Daughter of Anne Sands)
Fra Sands (Son of Hugh Sands)
Moya Sands (Daughter of Tommy Sands)
With fiddles flutes guitars and percussion they play haunting airs that speak to the soul, lively jigs to set the feet tapping and enthral with close vocal harmonies that will give you goose bumps.
With their first performance at Fiddlers Green Festival 2014 in Rostrevor where they opened for top Trad Band Craobh Rua, Na Leanai soon after appeared on Radio Ulster Folk Club with gigs at Northern landmark venues like The Bronte Centre and Belfast's legendary Sunflower Folk Club.
Na Leanai have performed at top folk venues in Belfast and Dublin , and have enthralled audiences at The Ulster Fleadh, Fiddlers Green Folk festival in Rostrevor , Marymass Folk Festival in Scotland , Dublin’s Temple Bar Tradfest , the London Irish Centre, Skagen Festival in Denmark, Volmarstein Festival in Germany and many more.
Na Leanai's first album; “Kindred Roots” features traditional and contemporary songs, all with original arrangements, and has been warmly received by the music industry.
"How cool that these kids that I cradled as babies are following in their parents' footsteps and not only making music, but making memories for their families and all of us honorary family. And that their sound has a nod to their heritage, but is all their own. Well done Na Leanai!"
Lisa Gutkin - Grammy award winning violinist.