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Widely regarded amongst his peers as one of the most innovative pipers, Leonard’s track record of both solo and collaborations reflects the importance of the recording. Leonard was described by The Irish American News as“an important musician”. 

Kevin Burke states : My visits to the West of Ireland over recent years have brought me into regular contact with Leonard since he moved to Sligo in 2015 .  We have spent many hours together enjoying each other’s music and I’m thrilled at the release of this solo CD. I have been aware of it since it’s inception so it’s a delight to finally hear it in its entirety. He has assembled a great team of players to accompany him on the various tracks and his decision to engage fellow piper, flautist and multi instrumentalist, Michael McGoldrick as his producer was an inspired choice. Leonard and Michael’s combination of unusual accompaniments ,interesting tunes and warm, rich sounds have resulted in a superior, recording, comfortable and self confident, while expressing the joys of both piping and traditional music.

Leonard’s recently collaborated with Sottish piping legend Allan MacDonald in a band with traditional music greats, Iain MacFarlaine, Finlay MacDonald and Ali Hutton. A sold out performance at last year’s Celtic Connections in Glasgow which was described as “an evening of wonderful, memorable music imbued with a sense of joy and amusement”. Folk Radio UK.

Leonard also collaborator with Daoiri Farrell, and 2024 is a busy year for Leonard with performances in Festivals in Germany including Rudolstat World Music Festival, the Blas Festival in Scotland and an upcoming performance at the Celtic Colours in Nova Scotia.

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