Folklife Feature: Nathan and Eva Leach

Nathan and Eva Folkfest 2017

Nathan and Eva Leach, a musically gifted sibling duo from Charleston, SC, are the grandchildren and Natchitoches residents Bill and Alice Bryant.

A song cover of “Hero” by Family of the Year published on Youtube in 2013 went viral with well over 2 million views. America fell in love with their soulful song selections. As of 2017, the video has over 18 million views.

The music bug runs in the family. Dr. Bill Bryant was inducted into the Louisiana Folklife Center’s Hall of Master Folk Artists in 2001. Some of the duo’s videos feature family members. Their sound melds bluegrass and folk featuring an organic sound that comes from the instruments they play, instead of relying on electronic beats. Their mother plays violin and their father plays bass. Bill is an expert dulcimer player.

Nathan and Eva will perform at this year’s Folk Festival on Saturday, July 15 from 12:45-1:45 on the East Stage in Prather Coliseum.

The 38th annual Natchitoches-Northwestern Folk Festival will be held July 14-15 in Prather Coliseum on the Northwestern State University campus. Festival hours are 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets are $13 for an advance all-events pass through July 11. Advance tickets are free for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door for $6 for Friday night, $10 for all day Saturday or $6 for Saturday after 5 p.m.

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