Welcome, Make Yourself At Home

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We hope you find a taste of paradise here at the official website of AJ Leonard, singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, educator, and ukuleleist!

A little bit of the aloha spirit goes a long way, as AJ has found on his world travels, and shares through his music and the stories he tells at his live concerts.  Please take your time to have a look around the website and enjoy the sights and sounds of his world. Welcome with our deepest gratitude!

 
 

LATEST NEWS


AJ Leonard & Jenny Rowlands also appearing at the MGS Sunday August 7 2 30pm.
Details here: http://www.australianmusician.com.au/melbourne-guitar-show/show-info/

PAST EVENTS

House Concert With A View 

December 2015

A musician's life can be full of surprises and sometimes very pleasant ones. This afternoon summer soiree with Tropical Lounge in The Dandenongs was a great way to end the year.

Deni Uke Muster 

November 2015

Deniliquin NSW is the home of the iconic Deni Ute Muster, running since 1999 and is now the home of the Deni Uke Muster established in 2013. It has an almost boutique quality because of the limit on numbers.

Healesville Music Festival 

November 2015

Now in it's sixth year, this Yarra Valley festival has extended to a three day event. The opening act on the Friday night was the 16 piece Healesville String Band, a community group funded by a local grant. One of the repertoire highlights was Tubular Kazoos.


Gippsland Uke Muster 

October 2015

Beginning in 2009, this is the longest running ukulele based event in Australia. It is held in the Tyers Hall and is run by GAMC (Gippsland Acostic Music Club) led by Barry Stuckey. If the ukulele doesn't appeal you can go next door and fossick for gems.

East Coast Tour 

September 2015

There were fewer stops and more extended stays on this sixth east coast tour. Extra curricular highlights included the Australian Native Botanical Gardens and the James Turrell Light Exhibition Canberra and a late afternoon rainbow at Collaroy Sydney brought on by unseasonal cold weather. A big thank you to our hosts in Canberra, Stanwell Park, Collaroy and The Entrance.




The LuWow 

August 2015

This exotic and bizarre Tiki styled venue was the scene of a photo shoot and a performance. But the dressing room really takes the cake.


St Leonard's Videoshoot 

August 2011

A rather cool few days on the Bellarine Peninsula getting footage for two video clips with photographer Terry Chapman. The upside was a quite spectacular rainbow.

Benefit Concert for Nepal 

July 2015

On a cold winter night a good crowd attended this event in my old home town of Warrandyte. Performers included Kavisha Mazzella, Robbie Grieg, Matthew Arnold, Jenny Rowlands, with atmosphere provided by local lighting legend Hugh McSpedden. Photo courtesy of Dave Wayman.

Kuranda Ukulele BBQ 

July 2015

This inaugural event held at the Kuranda Amphitheatre was organized by FNQ's own Bosko & Honey and featured local performers and uke groups as well as Tasmania's Rose Turtle Ertler.

                                 Host Henri Hunsinger with Jenny Rowlands



 

Paradise Hotel Recording 

May/June 2015

A return to some tropicana meets exotica features original music and new interpretations of some classic tunes originally performed by artists such as Chet Atkins, Hank Snow, The Islanders, Perry Como and Bert Kaempfert. Instrumentation includes vibes (Craig Beard) , violin (Matthew Arnold) and cello (Jenny Rowlands).

DRUKE 

May 2015

Festival director Matthew Fagan chose a great venue, the Burrinja Cultural Centre for the inaugural Dandenong Ranges Ukulele Festival. The Saturday concert also featured Paul Jonson, Lucy Wise, Black Orchids String Band, Matthew Fagan and Tomoki Sato from Japan.




 

Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival 

March 2015 

The Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival is one of Australia’s leading regional arts festivals, recognised with Major Festival Status by Arts Victoria.  The festival offers a rich and vibrant program in March each year, of visual and performing arts, workshops, theatre, Big Screen outdoor cinema, music, exhibitions, parades and comedy – all in a diverse range of venues showcasing the unique landscape, natural beauty and rich heritage of the Mildura region.


 

New Zealand Tour 

November 2014

On the strength of a performance at Mairangi Bay in 2013, the duo was invited back to Auckland to headline the third annual Hibiscus Ukulele Convention held in Orewa. The return trip was confined to the north island taking in Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula, Hamilton, Napier, Waipu Cove and the west coast north of Dargaville.  It was great to return to NZ and discover new parts of the north island and perform for new audiences. Things went more smoothly than last year (apart from customs but that’s another story) when I was afflicted with a hefty dose of laryngitis. This time around the duo was able to pull out all stops (play and sing) and give our Kiwi friends something to remember. Once again a special thank you to our hosts and organisers.