Born and raised in Wytheville, Leigh Beamer is one of the leading young vocalists in Southwest Virginia and a skilled interpreter of the old-time music of Appalachia. As a teenager, Leigh was introduced to Appalachian music by local musician, Sam Gleaves. After spending time with Sam, Leigh was then introduced to local legend Jim Lloyd where, under his instruction, she quickly took up playing the clawhammer banjo. Last, but certainly not least, Leigh picked up the fiddle and began learning from Eddie Bond of Fries, Virginia.
As a teenager, Leigh played extensively throughout the region. In 2011, she the youngest member of the Crooked Road’s Roots of American Music tour. The tour spent several weeks playing in venues throughout the mountains of Virginia and later performed on Broadway in New York.
In 2010, Leigh released her first album titled Reflections of Me. On this record she is accompanied by Jim Lloyd and Sam Gleaves. The songs on that album range in age of four hundred years old to forty years old. This album really showcases Leigh’s diversity of musical admirations.
Before the ROAM Tour, Leigh released her second album in 2011 titled I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight. This album features Jim Lloyd and showcases traditional songs with an innovative twist in their arrangements.
Currently, Leigh is a senior at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she longs to get back to the mountains of her home. After graduation, Leigh plans to go back home and be musically active within her community and the surroundin