"Alana & Leigh are fantastic musicians, and a pleasure to work with. We have used them for a number of events, and they play beautiful music, always with an Irish twist for our events!"
Jonathan Sargeant, Tourism Ireland
"I am listening to your CD and it's BRILLIANT."
Alana and Leigh Cline are a Toronto based Celtic fiddle/guitar instrumental duo who combine Irish, Cape Breton and Scottish styles to create their own sound. They also include occasional Balkan tunes in their sets. Alana & Leigh have a new self-titled CD being released in October 2016.
Alana first started playing at the age of 8 under the tutelage of Cape Breton fiddler Sandy MacIntyre. Alana also studied privately with All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Maeve Donnelly over a period of two years. She has augmented her playing style with private lessons from Irish fiddlers Kevin Burke, Liz Carroll, Tony DeMarco and Patrick Ourceau. In 2008 Alana became the first Canadian to be accepted to the auditioned Meitheal School of Irish Traditional Music in Limerick, Ireland with Paul O'Shaughnessy of Altan as one of her instructors. She has also studied fiddle at the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts in St. Ann's, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Alana has a self-titled CD EP.
Alana and Leigh have performed at various events including the Great American Irish Festival, Trenton Scottish Irish Festival, City of Toronto's Canada Day Celebrations at Mel Lastman Square and Yonge-Dundas Square, Tourism Ireland, The Taste of the Danforth, Music Niagara, Northern Irish Connections/Invest Northern Ireland, Destination Halifax, The Toronto Redpath Waterfront Festival, The Royal Winter Fair, The Granite Club, The Toronto Christmas Market, The Downtown Milton Street Festival, The Toronto Public Library, folk clubs, private corporate events, weddings, pubs and private parties. As a soloist, Alana has performed at events for organizations such as Fredericton Tourism, The Toronto Irish Film Festival, The Ireland Fund, Golf Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the Distillery District East Coast Festival. Alana hosted the weekly session at Toronto's An Sibín Pub for over three years.
Leigh was part of the Toronto/Yorkville folk scene of the 1960s, travelling throughout North America as a folk music performer. For the Mariposa Folk Festival, in the '60s and '70s, Leigh was Stage Manager and Technical Director, and did World Music Research. Leigh was able to learn musical styles and guitar firsthand from the likes of Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, Bukka White, Maybelle Carter, Lonnie Johnson, Bill Munroe, Merle Travis and Doc Boggs.
Leigh was sound engineer for many performers including The Chieftains, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, John Allan Cameron, Fleetwood Mac, Aly Bain and the Boys of the Lough, Procol Harum, Bruce Cockburn, Rod Stewart, as well as touring with Ian & Sylvia & The Great Speckled Bird.
For many years he played in Greece and Turkey with top folk and nightclub singers and musicians. These included Nikos Xilouris, Stathis Nikolaidis, Tasos Halkias and Mihalis Kaliontzidis, as well as many others, both in the folk and bouzouki nightclub genres.
Leigh is the author, with fiddler Sandy MacIntyre, of the Mel Bay publication “Cape Breton Traditional Style Fiddle Sets with Guitar Tablature”. Leigh has three solo CDs “Orient Express”; “Galatia”, a Celtic/Pontic Greek fusion CD single; and “Al Asha Bi Daha”, all of which are available on iTunes.
Alana & Leigh are members of the American Federation of Musicians Local 149 and Local 1000.
CELTIC LIFE INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE FEB 2016 PROFILE OF ALANA
Quotes about Alana & Leigh:
"We welcomed Alana and her father Leigh for one of our Sunday in the Park concerts in July 2015. Beautiful sunny day, huge crowd in the park on lawn chairs, blankets, babies toddling and dogs wandering and fabulous upbeat music from Alana and Leigh. A beautiful day."
Christopher Blake, Executive Director, MUSIC NIAGARA
"Alana and Leigh Cline performed twice at Burlington Public Library's Central Branch: once in August, as part of our Lunchtime Summer Concert Series, and then again in late September, where they gave a talk on the history of Celtic music in Canada that included performance elements as part of Culture Days. Both times, Alana and Leigh drew strong crowds to the Library for programs that had not been done here before, and put on a strong presentation that was very well received by the audience. Alana and Leigh are both very engaging performers, and very easy and professional to work with. I was very happy with their performance and presentation, and would not hesitate to hire them again."
Craig Logue, Events Coordinator, Burlington Public Library
Quotes about Leigh:
"I envy your mastery of those rhythms."
"The person who began the tradition of playing Black Sea music with guitar isn't in fact from the Black Sea region, but a Canadian."
Özhan Öztürk – Karalahana.com
Quotes about Alana:
"Fiddler Alana Cline delighted our audience at Canada Day Celebrations at Mel Lastman Square, July 1, 2013. Her Celtic fiddling is exquisite, solo or accompanied by other musicians, I recommend her for any festival performance."
Natasha Emery, Supervisor, Cultural Events, City of Toronto
"Alana is an inventive, energetic and imaginative musician who has a particularly vibrant and distinctive style of fiddle playing."
"Alana Cline is a highly gifted musician bursting with talent and personality. She transmits the magic of the stars."
T.C. McLuhan Producer/Director/Writer
"Alana Cline is a remarkably talented musician, who plays Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton fiddle tunes with great energy, style and spirit. She really gets inside the music, and lights up the room with sparks of creative fire. With her verve and versatility, she makes sessions come alive. Watch her closely; here is a fiddle player who is going places."
David A. Wilson, author, Ireland, A Bicycle and A Tin Whistle; Professor, Celtic Studies Program, University of Toronto.
"Alana Cline is a creative and innovative artist who keeps the flame of traditional music fresh and alive as well as opening new doors for our hearts and ears. And she is a joy to play with."