Searching For Abegweit
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Searching For Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant


Woven around the music of the award-winning Island songwriter, this island love-letter stars Gallant himself, and presents his folk, roots and pop music, alongside comedic stories, Island legends, and poignant tales in a multimedia format that utilizes film, and visual works from well-known painter Karen Gallant. This dynamic, energetic show is storytelling at its best and includes Acadian and Celtic numbers that will have you dancing in your seat in celebration of Canada’s cradle on the waves. The colourful spectacle will offer Lennie Gallant favourites such as ‘Peter’s Dream’ ‘Tales of the Phantom Ship’ and ‘Island Clay’ along with new Island-themed songs.

The show stars Lennie Gallant with an amazing supporting band comprised of
Sean Kemp (violin), Jeremy Gallant (keyboard and percussion), Jonathan Gallant (backing vocals, drums, percussion and mandolin) and Patricia Richard (bodhran, mandolin, banjo, and vocals). Directed by Jac Gautreau.


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Quotes from those that attended the show:

"Absolutely FANTASTIC show!" - Linda A

"Loved the show. You have an unique way of uniting people and our Canada." - Lynn Roberts

"This is such a magnificent show. I heartily recommend it to everyone." - Lynn Ellsworth

 "Excellent show, loved the music and Karens' paintings were awesome!" - Janet Doiron

 "Everybody's having a great time, especially the audience." - Eric Macewen

"So much energy. I don't know how you do it. Loved it!" - Julie Auld Hipson

"Fantastic show! Foot stopping, hand clapping.  By far the best show I've seen in a very long time." - Cheryl Reid

"The show was world class and your performance was like always, fantastic. Thank you." - Miles Gallagher

"It was more than just a concert, more than just a show. It was AMAZING. Enjoyed it tremendously." - Caro MacKillop

"The show is fantastic!! had to see it twice " - Vandra Macdonald

"The must-see show of the summer!" - Nils Ling

“Whether you are an Islander by choice, by birth, or by visit, Lennie Gallant’s Searching for Abegweit will make your heart sing…It is a show that celebrates PEI, captures what it means to be Canadian and carries a truly universal message. The songs, the stories and the musicianship will entertain but will also remain with you, long after the last note is played. Don't miss it!” Suna Houghton

“This is the most compelling production of all things Prince Edward Island, that I have ever experienced, a work of art and a work of heart.” Margie Carmichael

“Visiting from Port Dover, ON…was part of the [Searching for Abegweit] audience last night…spectacular! The highlight of our vacation!!!” Gayle Bridger



press release

For Immediate Release

Monday, September 18, 2017

Lennie Gallant tours Searching For Abegweit throughout The Maritimes, Sept. 20 – Nov. 3

Tickets for Halifax show, Nov. 3 go on sale TODAY!

(Halifax, NS) – Multi-award winning songwriter and 2017 East Coast Music Awards Entertainer of the Year, Lennie Gallant tours Searching For Abegweit:The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant throughout The Maritimes, Sept. 20 – Nov. 3.

Upcoming Shows include:

Sept. 20 Truro, NS Marigold Culture Centre

Sept. 21 Wolfville, NS Deep Roots Music Festival

Oct. 20 Clare, NS Les Productions le Moulin

Oct. 21 Moncton, NB Capitol Theatre

Oct. 22 Souris, PE Souris Show Hall Foundation

Oct. 26 Pictou, NS deCoste Centre

Oct. 27 Annapolis Royal, NS Kings Theatre

Oct. 28 Port Hawkesbury, NS SAERC Auditorium Oct.

29 Miramichi, NB Conseil Communautaire Beausoleil

Nov. 3 Halifax, NS Spatz Theatre

Tickets for all shows are on sale now.

Tickets for Halifax show (on sale today!) are available at the Ticket Halifax Box Office (2309 Maynard Street), by phone at (902) 422-6278 ext. 500 and online at tickethalifax.com.

 

Critically acclaimed production, Searching For Abegweit stars Gallant presenting his folk-rock-roots music, along with captivating tales in a multimedia format that utilizes stunning visual works from celebrated Prince Edward Island artist and sibling, Karen Gallant.

This dynamic, energetic production is music and storytelling at its best and has been a critically acclaimed hit with over 130 shows over four seasons. The show employs a 12 x 20 ft screen on which images are constantly in motion behind some of the East Coast’s most talented bilingual musicians. In addition to Gallant, the show features violin virtuoso, Sean Kemp, the wonderful Acadian singer/instrumentalist, Patricia Richard, his dynamic nephews, Jonathan Gallant on vocals/percussion and Jeremy Gallant on vocals/piano, along with appearances from Mi’kmaw singer, Hubert Francis.

When the Mi’kmaw originally named the Island, Abegweit - which loosely translated means 'cradled on the waves' - there was a legend that came with it. They say the Great Spirit Glooscap took all the most beautiful colors of the world, mixed them together, and then used them to paint the Island into existence. InSearching for Abegweit, this legend is brought to life as Karen Gallant has taken all the most beautiful colors of the island and incorporated them into her paintings, which are showcased with Gallant's songs and stories to add a spectacular new dimension to his works. The show touches on legends, landscape, history, current events, tall tales, poignant stories, and hilarious comedic scenes of the Island in a unique and vibrant way.

Lennie Gallant is a native of Rustico, Prince Edward Island. This renowned Canadian singer-songwriter, international touring artist and Order of Canada recipient has recorded eleven albums (nine mostly in English and two in French), which have won him a host of awards and nominations. Over 30 artists have recorded his songs, including Measha Bruggergosman, Ode de L’Acadie, The Rankins and Jimmy Buffet and his songs have appeared in feature films, television series, and numerous theatrical productions.

For more information on Lennie Gallant, visit: lenniegallant.com.

For photos, interviews and more information, contact:

Wendy Phillips (902) 492-0960 / wendy@pprl.ca

 



Reviews

Review by Jan Cox (The BUZZ)

Feature Article by SALTSCAPES

Review by Colm Magner (The Guardian)





Recording


Searching for Abegweit -
Songs from the hit musical by Lennie Gallant
Double album of 22 songs

01
Overture
12
Destination
02
Back to Rustico
13
Island Clay
03
Abegweit
14
 A Day With You in Paradise
04
 Which Way Does The River Run
15
Has Anybody Seen My Skates
05
 The Open Window
16
Tell Me a Ghost Story
06
Country Store
17
The Nellie J Banks
07
The Night They Moved The House
18
La tempête
08
Lord Selkirk’s Land
19
Mademoiselle (voulez-vous danser)
09
 Tales of The Phantom Ship
20
Searching For Abegweit
10
Laisse Aller
21
 Northern Lights
11
Peter’s Dream
22
The Band’s Still Playing

This new CD contains all 22 of the musical numbers from the hit production. This recording was made during last summer’s run of Searching For Abegweit, and features Gallant on guitar, harmonica, and bodhran, nephews Jeremy Gallant on keyboards and percussion and Jonathan Gallant on backing vocals, drums, percussion, and mandolin. Rounding out the band is Lennie’s longtime violinist Sean Kemp, and Patricia Richard on bodhran, mandolin, banjo, vocals, and beautifully interpreting Lennie’s francophone songs. Mi’kmaq chanter Hubert Francis, and The Lone Cry Drummers also make guest appearances.  The album was produced by Lennie Gallant, recorded by Phillip MacLellan, and mixed by Graeme Campbell. Album graphic design is by Ashley Paynter.





SEARCHING FOR ABEGWEIT


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