CHURCH POINT – Catherine MacLellan will perform a tribute show honouring her late father, Gene MacLellan, when she appears at the Marc Lescarbot theatre in Church Point early next month, a presentation of Les Productions le Moulin.
With this show – scheduled for Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. – the Moulin group hits a milestone in its history, this being its 100th show.
MacLellan’s show – If It’s Alright with You: the Life and Music of my Father, Gene MacLellan – is a multimedia concert featuring photos and videos on a large screen.
The show was almost always sold out when it was presented in Charlottetown in the summers of 2017 and 2018. This is the first time Catherine MacLellan takes it on the road.
She will be accompanied by pianist and singer Kim Dunn, guitarist Chris Gauthier and bassist Remi Arsenault.
MacLellan’s father Gene, who died in 1995, wrote songs such as Snowbird, which became Anne Murray’s first big hit in 1970, and Put Your Hand in the Hand, which was recorded by the Canadian band Ocean and reached number two on the Billboard pop singles chart in 1971. Other MacLellan songs include The Call, Bidin’ My Time and Thorn in My Shoe.
Some of the music world’s biggest names performed his songs in concert or on record, including Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, Joan Baez, Lynn Anderson and many more.
“Catherine MacLellan lost her father in 1995 when she was in her mid-teens, but she waited until her own career was well-established with five albums and a Juno under her belt before tackling her father’s material,” said Paul-Émile Comeau, spokesman for Les Productions Le Moulin.
He and some friends went to see her show last summer, he said, and they all found it “very professional and very moving.”
MacLellan was a 2015 Juno winner for roots and traditional solo album of the year.
Her honours include several East Coast Music Awards, a couple of Canadian Folk Music Awards and multiple Music PEI Awards.
Meanwhile, as for Les Productions le Moulin and the Catherine MacLellan show being their 100th presentation, Comeau says they never imagined back in March 2005 that they would still be at it 14 years later.
“One of the committee members at the time said that she had lived in a lot of places and had participated in lots of projects but had never seen something take off so quickly,” Comeau recalled. “There were no growing pains. The main reason we’ve often been able to attract patrons from well beyond Clare is because of our high standards, which we have never compromised.”
Tickets for the April 4 show
$25 in advance (until the eve of the show, April 3); $30 at the door; $15 students.
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