Tropical Lounge


Big Top Marquee
Friday 9pm
Big Top Marquee
Sunday 7pm

Big Top Marquee
Saturday 10am  (Part 1)
Dining Room
Sunday 9.30am (Part 2)
Workshop info below

Tropical Lounge is the creation of multi instrumentalists, arrangers and composers A.J. Leonard & David Billings. Leonard is one of Australia’s pioneer ukulele players and is highly regarded to be among the best in the world, while Billings is an inveterate performer with an extensive background in musicals and rock.

Tropical Lounge is an innovative, versatile quartet influenced by the popular, classic and show tunes from the 20’s to the 60’s. Folk, swing and island music make up a repertoire that includes original songs. Spearheaded by A.J. Leonard & David Billings they have now produced three albums, American Songbook, Australian Songbook and the latest English Songbook. Jenny and Wendy Rowlands are both graduates of the VCA, their careers crossing paths numerous times over the years. Jenny has focused primarily on the cello, while sister Wendy has covered piano, violin, accordion, sarangi and vocals.

Some previous performances include: Illawarra Folk Festival, National Festival, Blue Mtns Music Festival, Newstead Live, Philip Island Musicfest, Melbourne Ukulele Festival, Cairns Ukulele Festival and Newkulele Festival.

Reviews for the American and Australian Songbooks:

“A.J. (Leonard) has been burning off one CD after another. Each has been beautifully played and featured excellent vocals. This latest work is a winner. He and David Billings have arranged an intricate tapestry of music that is sure to get your toes tapping”  Ukulele Player Issue 16

“The mix is excellent and the production is first-rate all the way. I truly enjoy everything I have heard from them. I’d love to see international recognition for this duo.”  Ukulele Player Issue 29

“…there is a gentle and respectful spin on timeless melodies and lyrics that simply makes you smile.”  The Herald Sun

A lush vocal sound that is absolutely irresistible…

Performance and workshop days and  times TBA


Orchestra Ozotique

A musical experience that involves everybody that comes to the festival. All members of Tropical Lounge have a range of experience in writing for orchestras, mixed ensembles and community groups so it would be great to utilize these skills to create a tropical extravaganza. This will require two rehearsals (see workshop times above) with a performance at the end of the festival.  Sunday Night.