“Tom at Work” painting by Ian Bell

Tom is a long time professional musician. He is an an accomplished accompanist in many styles including folk, Celtic, swing, light jazz, country and rock’n roll. Tom has accompanied soloists to orchestras; and he has directed bands and choirs from two to a hundred. He’ll name drop on his “About Tom” page.

As a recording artist he has played on many CDs including 2 solo instrumental CDs (Leighton Life and Leighton Tendencies) and 2 with long time partner Mark Haines (Hand To Hand, Optimists Jig and Foot to Floor)
Tom plays: piano; accordions with modified bass; various keyboards: Roland 88 key RD700 SX; mini moog synth, organ module with real rotating speaker; bodhran; whistles in many keys; bouzouki, jaw harp (C, D, E, F, A, G); Horner melodica; mandolin (but NOT bluegrass or fast soloing), and trombone. He reads music, and plays by ear.
Tom Leighton © photo by Eric Fefferman

© Eric Fefferman

Tom has done vocal arrangements for high school and community choirs. Ochestrated for various ensembles including stage band, concert band, small ensembles, string trio and quartettes and full symphony orchestra.

As an music educator Tom is now retired from Wexford School for the Arts where he was part of the music theatre team. He continues to lead vocal work shops where he brings warm ups and techniques and blasts through his own vocal charts in a fun, high energy session.

Upcoming Shows

Date Who’s Playing City Venue Country
Saturday, March 3rd 2018 Tom Leighton and Anne Lederman TBA TBA Canada
Time: 7:00pm. This is a dance in Owen Sound. I LOVE playing dances with Anne.
Thursday, March 8th 2018 - Friday, March 9th 2018 Tom Leighton & Conrad Kipping Picton, Ont Waring House Canada
Time: 7:00pm. Address: The Waring House is located at the junction of Hwy 33 (Loyalist Parkway) and County Rd. 1, 1.5 km west of Picton. GPS coordinates: Latitude-43.99372 Longitude-77.176308. Venue phone: 613-476-7492 or 1-800-621-4956. This will be the PRE St. Paddy’s Day weekend, lots of fun pub songs, Canadianna, virtuoustic playing, jigs, reels and requests. Tom and Conrad love being part of the Waring House line up.
Wednesday, March 14th 2018 Tom Leighton & Conrad Kipping Coburg The Oasis Canada
Time: 6:30pm. Address: 31 King St.. Venue phone: 905 – 372 – 6634. Looking forward to playing at the Oasis once again.
Saturday, March 17th 2018 Tom Leighton and Rick Bauer Cobourg, On Arthur’s Pub, The Best Western Cobourg Inn Canada
Time: 12:00pm. Address: 930 Burnham St. Venue phone: (905) 372-2105. a 12:00 kick off to St. Paddy’s Day. Well the sun must be over the yardarm SOMEwhere!! You can count on Rick and Tom to bring a taste of green to everything but the beer colour!
Saturday, March 17th 2018 Tom Leighton and Rick Bauer Port Hope, On Nookie’s Soul Kitchen Canada
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 20 Ontario St. Venue phone: (905) 800-1359. Tonight it’s going to be Nookie’s IRISH Soul Kitchen PARTY. Lots of pub songs, jigs, reels, requests. A great way to celebrate all that is Irish.
Friday, March 23rd 2018 Tom Leighton & Conrad Kipping Georgetown The Shepherd’s Crook Canada
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 86 Main Street South, Georgetown, Ontario. Venue phone: 905 702-0456. We LOVE playing at the Crook. Friendly atmosphere, friendly folk, great food and permission to play what EVER we feel like. Always lots of surprises.

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