Sechile Sedare is contemporary roots duo featuring sibling songwriters Leela Gilday and Jay Gilday. Leela is a JUNO Awardwinning musician who shares her stories with a gutsy voice and an open stage presence. Jay’s interests span folk, blues, rock, traditional, and soul; he delivers his songs with a trained voice and passionate guitar playing. Together they are Sechile Sedare (pronounced ‘seh-chee-leh’ ‘seh-dahr-eh’), which means “my younger brother, my older sister” in the Dene language. This musical collaboration sees Jay and Leela co-write and co-create new repertoire together, harnessing their talents as deeply insightful and genuine storytellers. As is common when siblings sing together, their voices blend in perfect harmony, hitting notes of nostalgia, hope, humour, and reflection. The songs, created during the lockdowns in 2021 and a residency at the Banff Centre, tell stories about their family history, their connection to the land and water, and the twists and turns of fate. Leela previously performed at the Folk Harbour Festival in 2012.


Thursday – 9:20 p.m. Main Stage (40-minute set)
Friday – 1:00 p.m. Lunenburg Opera House (90-minute Circle – Stories about the Land with
Sechile Sedare H , Burnstick, Julian Taylor, and Sherman Downey)
Saturday – 1:00 p.m. St. John’s Anglican Church (50-minute set)
Saturday – 4:00 p.m. Wharf Stage (50-minute set)