Formed around 2006 in Conon Bridge in the North West Highlands of Scotland, The Leonard Jones Potential pretty much blew audiences away the very first time they hit the live circuit supporting the Cuban Brothers to a packed Inverness Ironworks. Gradually, as new band members were added and the numbers grew, so did their reputation as a red hot, tight and exciting funk, soul and pop outfit.

Led by the young and charismatic front person and singer Michelle Newell the band charmed and played their way into a number of high profile engagements and collaborations. Highlights so far include a live BBC6 session on the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, several national radio interviews and record plays and support slots to the man himself both in Scotland and England. The band were also invited to play by Carl Cox for his private birthday party in Brighton after he saw the band play at a private engagement in the Highlands. On the night of the party, the band played on a bill that included The Brand New Heavies, and DJs Gilles Peterson and Danny Rampling and of course Carl himself.

Building on the original influence for the band - Corduroy, original members took influence from original funk and soul legend such as The Meters, James Brown and the Motown sound through to modern funk heavyweights such as Speedometer, The Bamboos and The Federation of the Disco Pimp
The LJP’s sound is an authentic, fresh journey into modern funk, soul and power pop that seems to strike a harmonious chord with audiences across the country.

The band play all their own material combining both instrumental and vocal led numbers, built around a powerful and tight rhythm section which now includes a recently added percussion dimension. The brew is further added to with a warm Hammond and Rhodes sound and then laced with sharp biting brass. The line up currently sits at a hefty nine piece meaning that live audiences get a show and a half.

The LJP have a CV which reads playing at various festivals throughout the nation including the main stage at Belladrum, Rockness, Wickerman, Shetland Blues Festival (to name a few) and headlining at Jocktoberfest; Hoochie Coochie (Newcastle) and frequent guests at the Edinburgh Jazz Bar.

This band is a team and it plays like one.



Previous events

Funk Up The Broom

Ullapool Village Hall, Ullapool

The Leonard Jones Potential Live.

Lochbroom FM is delighted to bring you an unforgettable night of epic indie rocking, the grooviest funk imaginable …and some country and some sweet vocals to boot!

This will be courtesy of the 20-year old rising star Georgie from Nottingham, the pulsating soulful rocking of MIR from Easter Ross way, the epic emotions and hooks of indie rockers Racing Glaciers (the headliners) and finally a delectable wall of sweetly danceable funk from the Leonard Jones Potential.

We're hoping to kill two birds with one stone: raise money to help replace some of our now-creaky and aging equipment, and do what a community radio station should be doing - bringing life and (live!) music to the heart of our community.

Tickets £8 (from Ceàrd, West Argyle St.). Bar courtesy of The Arch. (Poster artwork by Sot Otter)

The Leonard Jones Potential - LIVE

The Gin Hut, Vogue Night Club, Inverness City

Grand Opening Night. Live FUNK and SOUL Followed by DJ Butterscotch.


The Spectrum Centre, Inverness

Raising Money for the Special Care Baby Unit at Raigmore Hospital.

Ft. The Leonard Jones Potential / The Little Mill of Happiness / Willie and Tabs MacAskill / Iain McLaughlin & The Outsiders / The Whiskies, and more...

Licensed Bar

Tickets available from Union Vinyl and Inverness Tattoo Centre All Proceeds to SCBU


The Leonard Jones Potential (Live Funk)

The Jazz Bar Edinburgh, 1A Chambers St, Edinburgh

Funk, Soul and Latin from Inverness-based 8-piece, named after an atomic physics phenomenon. Their nuclear fusion of funk has hip-shaking grooves, Hammond keys, punchy trumpet/trombone horn section and powerful vocals from Meeshelle Newell, influenced by The Meters, Kool &The Gang, Charles Wright & The 103rd Street Rhythm Band and The Haggis Horns. Plus DJ

£4 / £5 Age limit: 18+

Songs In The City (STV Appeal)

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FALCON SQUARE, Inverness, Highland

STV Appeal - Songs In The City Ft. The Leonard Jones Potential (Live) Raising Money for Scotland's Children living in poverty.

Many more bands featured.

Free Age limit: All ages

The Leonard Jones Potential (Live Funk)

The Jazz Bar Edinburgh, 1A Chambers St, Edinburgh

12-3am (Entry from 11.30pm) LEONARD JONES POTENTIAL (Funk!) Rocky sounds from Inverness-based 7-piece, who are filling dance floors across the country with their fusion of original Funk, Soul and Latin. With hip-shaking grooves from a tight rhythm section, Hammond keys, punchy trumpet/trombone horn section and powerful vocals from Meeshelle Newell, the LJP is an authentic, fresh journey into funk, influenced by The Meters, Kool &The Gang, Charles Wright & The 103rd Street Rhythm Band, through to Speedometer, The Bamboos and The Haggis Horns. Plus DJ NikNak

£4 / £5 Age limit: 18+

Funk + Soul + Sleat 2

Duisdale Hall, Sleat, Skye

After a storming gig last summer, The Leonard Jones Potential return to Sleat on Saturday 26 April with their unique Funk + Soul sound.

Expect the dance floor to be burning again for this one.

Also Dede's Bootylicious Barbecue will be on from 7:30pm out front.

See you there............................. Saturday 26 April - Duisdale Hall - 7:30pm-Midnight - £10 on the door (over 16s only)

£10 on the door Age limit: All ages


FALCON SQUARE, Inverness, Highland

Some of the Highlands’ best bands and musicians will be treating shoppers to songs in the city in a special charity event later this month.

The stage is being set in Falcon Square in Inverness for a day of top tunes and entertainment in aid of the STV Appeal, which benefits children living in poverty in Scotland.

Bands and artists such as The Leonard Jones Potential, Furry Vengeance, Dr Wook (Kris Douglas from The Whiskys), Searching for Donkeys and Toby Michaels will be playing as part of a fund-raiser for the charity on Saturday 28th September.

STV's Highland reporter Nicola McAlley is organising the event, which will be filmed as part of the channel's week of STV Appeal programmes which will run from October 5 -11.


Jocktoberfest 2013

The Black Isle Brewery, Old Allangrange, Munlochy, Ross-shire

Jocktoberfest is undoubtedly the ‘Greatest Scottish Beer Festival in the World’
THE Black Isle’s own festival of beer and music, The Black Isle Brewery’s Jocktoberfest returns in September.
The first batch of acts set to soundtrack this year’s festivities over the weekend of Friday 6th and Saturday 7th September.
Jocktoberfest 2013

Tartan Heart Festival 2013 - Belladrum

By Beauly, Inverness, Highland

Venus Flytrap Stage