Denya LeVine is Cape Cod's go-to woman for traditional, folk, and ethnic music. Her highly energetic, personable and interactive performances incorporate the use of rhythm instruments and movement. She uses sing-alongs as a device to teach traditional and folkloric music which includes songs in foreign languages. Her range includes Celtic fiddle playing, historical sea shanties, ukulele tunes and traditional children's songs. Denya has made more than 3,000 appearances at concerts, cultural centers, festivals, fairs, libraries, schools, and historical reenactments.
Denya's performances are characterized by her powerful stage presence, ability to draw in audiences, mesmerize children and inspire their active participation and learning. Denya specilizes in the devleopment and implementation of on-going chidlren's programs and music programs for those with developmental and mobility issues. Children love the music that Denya shares with them, because the selections are a perfect fit for their age group, interests, and energy level.
Denya's training began with classical violin, when she studied with Sheldon Rotenberg, of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She gleaned a wealth of knowledge from her early days in New York City, being immersed in music while working at the Fillmore East Rock Theater. In her twenties, she was a world traveler, absorbing and sharing vocal music in the British Isles, Central Asia, and Europe. She lived in the United Kingdom, Afghanistan, and India. She returned to Cambridge, Massachusetts and studied with all-Ireland Fiddle Champion Seamus Connolly, adding folk and ethnic fiddle music to her repertoire. Shortly after, Denya formed the City Ladies Country Quartet, focusing on folk, Celtic, and old-timey music.
Since moving to Cape Cod, she has added Israeli, Klezmer, and other Eastern European music to her performances. Listeners will recognize her deep alto voice from her role as host on The Fiddle And The Harp on WOMR, 92.1 and 91.3 FM, alternating Mondays 5-8 p.m.
She frequently visits Ireland and Cape Breton Island, immersing herself in those ethnic music traditions, and returning with fresh inspiration.