“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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    2 months ago

    Tom Leighton Musician

    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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    2 months ago

    Tom Leighton Musician

    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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    3 months ago

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    Another Correction...........Rick and Tom will NOT be playing Arthurs Pub tomorrow afternoon but will still be playing New Years Eve at the Oasis Restaurant, Main St Cobourg 9:30- 12:30. No reservations necessary.

    They return to Arthurs Pub on January 6th 4:30-8:00.

    If they don't see you then, they wish everyone a fun and prosperous new year
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    3 months ago

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    CORRECTION! Rick Bauer is playing with Tom New Years Eve, not Conrad Kipping. Sorry about that............

    Hope everyone had a terrific Christmas holiday! Let's continue the fun.........

    Rick Bauer and I will be whooping it up at Arthurs Pub, Best Western Hotel, Cobourg on Dec 30th, this Sunday 4:30-8:00pm.

    Happy New Year! Help Rick Bauer and I bring in the new year, Dec 31st at the Oasis Restuarant, Cobourg from 9:30 - 12:30. No reservations necessary. This should be a BLAST.

    Looking forward to seeing all our good friends and wishing you a wonderful New Year.
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