“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.
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    Big News! Due to marital pressure, my website at tomleighton.info or tomleighton.ca is now totally up to date, listing upcoming shows for the next 3 months. It's an exciting mix of pub gigs, and concerts with Conrad Kipping, Rick Bauer, sweet songstress Mary Kelly, and Paul Mill's superb team of musicians for the "Stan Rogers Tribute" concerts.

    Sadly the St. Patricks Day concert with Nonie Thompson and Eugenie Rae has been cancelled due to COVID-19. We've already been rescheduled for 2021.

    In the meantime, here's an hilarious tune written by Rick Bauer extolling the joys of being "Proud to be a Canadian". Enjoy!

    And be sure to check out my website for more news and videos. tomleighton.info or tomleighton.ca
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    Here's Rick Bauer and Tom Leighton performing the hilarious song "Proud to be a Canadian" Enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less

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    Looking for a lively musical event to brighten your February? Join us for the Amadeus Choir’s annual fundraiser, Songs from a Celtic Heart. The choir will perform several well-loved pieces from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Cape Breton. We are thrilled to be joined by special guest musicians Tom Leighton, Anne Lederman, and Octava Vocal Ensemble.

    There will also be an auction, fun games, cash bar, and delicious complimentary refreshments, courtesy of Mrs. Bridges British Bakery.

    We hope to see you on February 2nd for some excellent musical entertainment, food, and fun! However, if you are unable to attend this fabulous event, but would like to make a donation to the Amadeus Choir, you may do so by calling the choir office or online at the link below. We appreciate your support.

    Use discount code EARLYBIRD for $5 OFF before January 15th!

    youtu.be/vp81KSwOwrcOn Feb 3rd/18 I had the honour of sharing the stage with the world renowned Amadeus Choir along with Anne Lederman. Here we sing the Robbie Burns classic "Gr...
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    Hey you Georgetown types, Tom and Conrad return to the Shepherd's Crook. this Friday, Jan 11th starting at 8:00 pm. . See you there! ... See MoreSee Less

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