Welcome To 2018

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We hope you find a taste of paradise here at the official website of AJ Leonard, singer songwriter, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist and arranger.

A little bit of the aloha spirit goes a long way, as AJ has found on his world travels. Please take your time to have a look around the website and enjoy the sights and sounds of his world.

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LATEST NEWS

Muff 2018

April 17 2018

Making preparations for a big road trip to the Top End in July/August and hoping to include a performance at MUFF in Darwin. The Christmas Songbook sessions are continuing with David Billings with a planned release at the end of the year. 2017 photo highlights are now posted (see below) as well as the recent trip to Europe and Kauai from 2011 on Photos page.

 

PAST EVENTS

MUF 2014 

March 8 2014

A capacity crowd witnessed a successful launch of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Ukes Club Band performed by the A.J. Leonard Trio featuring Jenny Rowlands on cello and Dan Harvey on drums. MUF 2014 proved to be another great success for festival director Dean Denham and the members of MUK with the lineup including national ukulele luminaries Azo Bell and Bosko & Honey as well as international guests Manitoba Hal, The Nukes and Jim D'Ville & Gideon Freudmann.

New Zealand Tour 


September-October 2013

This was my first trip to NZ and the inaugural tour for the duo with Jenny Rowlands. We covered the north and south island in 18 days with 8 performances in between. A lot of driving, a lot of scenery, a lot of sheep (and lambs), a lot of hedges.....and a lot of wonderful people and new found friends. There were so many highlights including Katikati, Napier, Hokitika, Franz Josef, Dunedin, Christchurch, Kaikoura, Nelson, Wanganui, Oakura, Wenderholm, Russell, Mairangi Bay, Titirangi, Rotorua and Te Pahu. I would like to thank all the organisers and hosts (you know who you are) and I will be posting an album on the photos page under the banner "Travels With My Uke".
Kia ora


 

East Coast Tour Australia 

June/July 2013

This was our 4th east coast tour (as in AJ and Jenny) and this year we extended the tour to include Milton and SNUG in Sydney. We introduced our new audio/visual show In A Little Hula Heaven and the audience had a great time joining in on some of the songs. In Bellingen and Brisbane we performed our instrumental version of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, yes the whole record like you’ve never heard it before with ukulele and cello. To those who have heard us before you know we like a challenge!

This year for the workshops we worked on the premise of ‘Ask AJ’, which produced some really interesting sessions. “This workshop was fantastic…AJ showed us how he has taken a pretty ordinary arrangement and changed it into something pretty special.” Jane ACT  
Thanks to everyone, we’ve made some new friends and it’s been great to catch up with our old friends from past tours. We can’t tell you how much the support and encouragement from our extended ukulele family means to us.




Folkworld Fairbridge Festival WA  

April 26-28 2013

Our first tour of the west culminated in performances and workshops at the biggest festival in WA at Fairbridge. This festival has been at the top of my list as I have heard much of its reputation (and free massages for hard working musicians) Wonderful performances in the Loft and a capacity crowd for In A Little Hula Heaven. 


Ukulele Retreat Australia, Albany WA 

April 19-23 2013

The historic Camp Quaranup is the picturesque location of Australia’s first ukulele retreat. Only in it’s second year I was privileged to be invited as part of the team of tutors. Meeting Kimo Hussey was an inspiration and has changed my outlook on teaching, performance and life. They don’t call him the Dalai Lama of ukulele for nothing!

It wasn’t all nose to the grindstone as there were some opportunities to stop and experience the beauty of the harbour and surrounds. We (AJ and Jenny) have been invited to return in 2014 and we look forward to reacquainting ourselves with a fabulous and hospitable bunch of people.



 

Australian Songbook Album Launch Melbourne VIC  

December 2 2012

This was an opportunity to share with others of a generation how great it was to be a teenager in the 60’s. Australia was paving its own way with exciting original music. David Billings and I have a personal attachment to these songs and it was to perform them live. It was the first performance of Ozotica, an eight piece band with of course the mandatory piano, bass, drums, electric guitar and vocal harmony. Enhanced by the more exotic combination of cello, ukuleles, accordion and didgeridoo, it took these songs into uncharted territory. Apart from all this hype it was a great gig at Montsalvat, a great venue.