Out of the musically rich Nova Scotian island called Cape Breton comes tenor, Tom Leadbeater. His captivating voice, with it’s crystal clear tones, rich in harmonics and secure in it’s upper range has earned him a reputation of being one of Nova Scotia’s finest vocalists. Born in 1955 in New Waterford, Tom was surrounded from a young age by traditional Nova Scotian music, courtesy of his twelve aunts and uncles. They often gathered in the kitchen to sing and play various instruments. By the age of twelve he was playing the guitar. Tom’s mother, who was a professional pianist and fiddler, engaged him to sing during her local musical jobs. He was 14 years old and knew three songs that he repeated during each set. Then his early teenage years became filled with musical theatre, which included the lead roles in “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Godspell”.
As a young adult, Tom’s days took him underground to the Cape Breton coal mines where for sixteen years he earned his living — yet his evenings were still filled with music .
He has devoted the vast majority of his time to traditional music of the British Isles and to Nova Scotian composers. The noted Cape Breton writer, Allister MacGillivray forms the backbone of Tom’ musical repertoire..
His current stage show, “Spirit of Nova Scotia” has taken him back to his roots where his interpretation and feeling for the music has earned him a loyal audience. He is a familiar guest in Scottish celebrations, festivals and musical theatre where traditional music is the focus of the show.
Tom has toured extensively throughout Scandinavia and the United States where he has a large fan base.
He currently divides his time between his engagements in Ontario and the Maritimes giving concerts, promoting his recordings, appearing on TV and radio programs.
He has also toured with such notables as John McDermott, Leona Boyd, Peter Apppleyard, Michelle Wright, Pavlo, Rich Little and was a protege’ to the late, great John Allen Cameron.
In 2012,Tom Was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee medal which was the highlight of his year.
Tom also performs at the Fergus Highland Games where he has been performing for the past 16 years .It is one of the largest Scottish Highland Games in the country and is attended by thousands of Scots from around the world and also those who just love the Scottish way of having a good time. This year he is thrilled to have been chosen to be ” Grand Cheiftan” of the 2015 Fergus Festival.
2015 is starting to look like a banner year for the affable Cape Bretoner where it starts off with a bang touring with some of the above mentioned artists.
Check out his calendar of events for an update of his performances .
2017 is about to be fantastic!!!! New C.D. out.Recorded at Kensington Sound in Toronto with a crackerjack band!Going on Tour with Ian Thomas,Dan Hill and the Stampeders.Check out my new project TODAY!!!!!