Gerry Leonard is a Dublin-born guitar player, songwriter and producer now based in upstate New York. As part of the New York scene, Leonard’s distinctive ambient style has led to his working with many great artists over the years. A highlight was becoming music director / guitar player for David Bowie on his last year-long “Reality” world tour and DVD (2003/2004). Apart from Bowie’s previous two records, “Heathen” (2001) and “Reality” (2003) and the subsequent tours, Leonard is also featured on the penultimate David Bowie album titled “The Next Day” and had two co-writes with David on the album, “Boss of Me” and “I’ll Take You There”. “The Next Day” came out on March 12 2013. Gerry was honored to be part of the Brit Awards Tribute to David in Feb 2016.
Leonard regularly tours with Suzanne Vega both as an acclaimed duo show and full band. He produced and helped co-write her last full album. “Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles” came out in February, 2014, and has been very well received garnering 4-star reviews from Q and Mojo music magazines. He has also produced and arranged her most recent album, songs from a theatre play based around the life and works of the author “Carson McCullers”. This new 10-song album called “Lover Beloved” was released in the fall of 2016.
Further credits include recording and touring as guitar player and music director for artists such as Rufus Wainwright (“Want One”, “Want Two”, “Release the Stars”), Laurie Anderson (“Bright Red), Duncan Sheik (“Humming”, “Phantom Moon”, “Daylight”, “White Limousine”, “Whisperhouse”) and Roger Waters (“The Last Mimsey Soundtrack”).
When not touring or recording with these international artists, Leonard heads up his own project, Spookyghost. Under the name Spookyghost, he has recorded two solo albums. The first recording simply called “Spookyghost” was primarily an ambient guitar record, made in his New York apartment in 1998. His second, “The Light Machine” (2002) has been described by David Bowie as “Quite the most beautiful and moving pieces of work I have possessed in a long time.” A third Spookyghost album is currently in the works.
In movie soundtracks, his guitar playing is featured in “The Deep End” and “Bee Season”, both scored by Peter Nashell and released on Fox Searchlight Pictures. He is featured on the Roger Waters end title song “Hello” written for “The Last Mimsy” on New Line Cinema, and in the soundtrack for “Zoolander 2”. He has also completed his first original score for an independent movie called “32A”, released to festivals in 2008.
“Not only is this Supro Dual Tone a fantastically playable and killer-sounding guitar, but it feels like a beautiful way to remember and honor David whilst playing his music on this Celebrating David Bowie tour.”
Photo credit: David “Ziggy” Zoglio