Aimee Leonard Resume

      Aimée Leonard was brought up in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. She began singing and playing music from an early age, performing in concerts, ceilidhs and appearing in the Orkney Folk Festival many times as a local artist.

Aimée has been playing the Bodhran for 25 years, she is entirely self taught and has developed her own distinctive, contemporary and very "funky" style. She has been teaching Bodhran for 18 of those years and from the experience of teaching many workshops has developed a teaching method which is both relaxed and informative and covers all aspects of Bodhran styles including traditional and contemporary rhythms. Her workshops range from complete beginner level to advanced Bodhran techniques including stick work, brush work and tonal/"other hand" techniques.

Aimée also teaches singing and has been arranging songs for and leading the Song Shop Choir for the last four years.Over the last two years Aimée has been part of the team running The Big Orkney Song Project a project which aims to collect, preserve and re-instate the folk songs of Orkney. She also sings and plays Bodhran with the Song Shop Trio who recently performed at the opening ceremony of the Bergen Tall Ships Festival. She teaches privately and runs workshops in both drumming and singing for all ages including schools and community groups.

In the past Aimée played with the Celtic band Anam for four years, releasing three albums, touring extensively, playing concerts and teaching workshops in Bodhran and singing at festivals all over the world. These include Celtic Connections (Glasgow), Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton Folk Festivals (Canada), Orkney Folk Festival (Orkney) Bodhran Beat (Edinburgh) Japan Altan Festival (Japan) and Port Fairy Folk Festival (Australia) Christchurch Folk Festival (New Zealand) Sidmouth, Cambridge, Glastonbury Festivals (UK) to name but a few.

Aimée has also provided backing vocals and Bodhran on various artists' cds including, Trick of the Light and One (Frank Keenan) Bold (Catriona Macdonald) and Quest (Chris While and Julie Matthews) and most recently The Singer and the Stones by Norwegian singer Tone Khron.

Aimée has the great advantage of playing drums made by her parents, Eoin and Jane Leonard, who are known collectively as Belgarth Bodhrans and are recognised as one of the top drum makers in the UK.

Aimée has also composed and arranged music for various productions including Mixter Maxter for the National Theatre of Scotland (MD on production) and "In Search of Home" St Magnus Festival Johnsmas Foy (Director and MD).

Updated:  July 18, 2011

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