Leona Burkey grew up in the tiny fishing village of L’Ardoise, Cape Breton and is known as “the singer” in those parts since the age of 8 or so after a lucky solo in the christmas choir. Playing guitar and singing came as naturally as the ebb & flow of the tides while she grew up surrounded and influenced by the rich musical culture on her “island’. In her early years as an emerging songwriter Leona carried her notebook and guitar across the country and back home again with a lovely batch of “back from away” songs and stories to share. Her enigmatic voice, singular style and seasoned authenticity are shored up by a deep body of work that traces the meandering path of a songwriter hitting her stride with a splash of Cape Breton story song delight. Her latest release, the "accidental” pandemic record SITTING TIGHT is loose like acadian driftwood, chock full of folk rock fortitude and a fitting soundtrack for extraordinary times. “Sitting Tight” (2020) builds on earlier releases “The Margaret Marie EP” (2013) and “Wave Theory” (2015).