Leo Gosselin

Leo Gosselin


Leo Gosselin is a 30-year veteran on the Chapman Stick Touchboard. He plays a variety of styles ranging from Celtic to jazz, Latin to New Age. He has dazzled audiences in a variety of venues over the last 20 years, including radio, TV, and live performances.


Leo A. Gosselin is a pioneer and master of a radically new technique on strings. The Chapman Stick Touchboard, invented by Emmett Chapman in 1974, represents a revolution in stringed instrument technology. The "Stick", designed in eight, ten, and twelve-string versions (the right hand tuned like a guitar, the left like a cello in reverse), is played percussively, with both hands free to sketch melodic lines in the manner of a keyboard.

Leo has been exploring the musical possibilities of the Chapman Stick since 1976 when, at the age of 21, he saw someone trying to play the instrument in his home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Leo had been playing the guitar for 11 years, and did not try the "Stick" before ordering his first one, so the difficulty in mastering the instrument came as somewhat of a surprise. However, his tenacity and patience has paid off, and he has been playing publicly for a variety of appreciative audiences since 1984.

Leo has received a number of Canada Council and Provincial grants as well as other awards for his accomplishments on the "Stick." He studied at the Dick Grove School of Music, Los Angeles, and Capilano College in North Vancouver, completing a Diploma in Commercial Music, as well as further studies in jazz. His appearances include TV, radio, and many live performances including Expo '86, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Edmonton International Street Performers Festival in 1999 and 2001, the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, and even played for the Prince of Wales in 1996. He has performed for a wide variety of functions including weddings, concerts, festivals, dining rooms, corporate meetings, as well as educational presentations. For the last few years, Leo has been performing live at festivals throughout the Southwest, including the Tempe Festival of the Arts, the Tucson Museum of Art, the Tubac Arts and Crafts Festival, the Scottsdale Arts Festival, and many others.


Leo has recorded six albums currently available as CD's:

"Border Crossing," as the title suggests, crosses stylistic borders from bluesy jazz to Latin, New Age, and Celtic. It is a solo voyage through musical genres.

"Potpourri" highlights Leo's mastery of this unique instrument in four themes: Celtic, ballads, Latin/jazz, and originals. This album includes supporting musicians that add their own personal touch to the project.

"Dream Waters" is a solo album that brings a sense of comfort and peace to the listener.

"Celtic Vision" is a collaborative effort focussing on traditional Celtic music with guest artists on Irish whistle, violin, percussion, and synthesizer.

"Vintage Flight," a solo album, is a musical flight through many of the most memorable easy listening jazz pieces of the 40's and 50's.

"Christmas Traditions" highlights the "Stick" with four-handed arrangements and counter melodies written for traditional carols that make this a truly memorable Christmas experience.

Set List

Leo plays a broad range of pieces including originals with three to four sets of at least 45 minutes each. Sample sets would be:

Crystal Silence
Captain O'Kane
Shadow Dancer
Shee Beg Shee Mhor
Funny Valentine
Lullaby Of Birdland
Tell Me a Bedtime Story
Ramble to Cashel
Heather in Winter

Sentimental Reasons
Gentle Rain
Lough Beg Waltz
One Note Samba
Dream Gift
It Never Gets Easier
Willow Weep For Me
Angel Eyes
What a Wonderful World
Fairy Queen
Song For Eia

The Shadow of Your Smile
The LaSalle River Waltz
Where We Used to Play
O'Carolan's Dream
Morgan Magan
Fanny Power
Spanish Circles

Blue Bossa
Otter Pass
Autumn Leaves
Take Five
Scarborough Fair
Mona Lisa
Only My Heart
Mneesha's Lullaby
Path Of Tears

Life Passion
Armando's Rumba
Inner Wilderness
Star of County Down