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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), Lawrence Gallant (backing vocals, drums, percussion and mandolin) and Patricia Richard (bodhran, mandolin, banjo, and vocals). Directed by Jac Gautreau. 

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SHOW DATES:
JULY 9, 10, 23 & 24 – 7:30 PM
AUGUST 13, 14, 27, & 28 – 7:30 PM

ALL SEATS: $42.00 tax & fees included

SEARCHING FOR ABEGWEIT: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant returns to Harbourfront Theatre for 8 performances this summer 2019.

Hailed as a runaway theatrical hit with a solid track record of over 120 full house performances, SEARCHING FOR ABEGWEIT is a musical love letter to Prince Edward Island that stars the artist himself and presents his original folk, roots and rock music, alongside comedic stories, Island legends, and poignant tales in a multimedia format that utilizes film, and hundreds of paintings from well-known PEI visual artist and sibling, Karen Gallant. Sharing the stage with Gallant are nephews Jonathan Gallant on vocals and percussion and Jeremy on piano, along with fiddler Sean Kemp, and popular Acadian singer and multi-instrumentalist Patricia Richard.

SEARCHING FOR ABEGWEIT: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant features original music from the span of Lennie Gallant’s extensive career, along with a number of new compositions written specifically for the show.

Gallant last performed his hit production at Harbourfront Theatre in the summer of 2017, before taking it on the road and touring it throughout the Maritime provinces in the fall 2017.

ABOUT LENNIE GALLANT:

Recognized by his peers as one of Canada’s best performing songwriters, Lennie Gallant has released twelve albums (10 in English and 2 in French) of original songs which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, Les Prix Eloizes, as well as 18 East Coast Music Awards, including 2017 ECMA Entertainer of the Year.

His double CD of the 22 songs from his multimedia hit production, Searching for Abegweit, won him an ECMA. He was named Canadian Folk Artist of The Year and his song “Peter’s Dream” was voted one of the Top Ten East Coast Songs of All time.

A recipient of the Order of Canada, Lennie is an international touring artist, who has performed all over the continent, in Europe, for the troops in Afghanistan, and at the Winter Olympics. One of his albums, When We Get There, even went up to the International Space Station with Canadian Astronaut Julie Payette (now the Governor General) for the crew to enjoy and orbited the planet 248 times.

Fresh on the heels of his 2017 ECMA wins, Gallant buried himself in the studio to record his new album Time Travel. The new songs have been garnering significant airplay and stellar reviews. The album was recently named one of the Top Ten Folk Albums of the Year (alongside albums by Richard Thompson, John Prine and Joan Baez) by a panel of Canadian music industry professionals. Lennie is nominated for two 2019 ECMA’s including entertainer of the year.

Lennie Gallant has been involved in numerous charity events, and he has received the PEI Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award for his work and support of many worthwhile causes.

 

Quotes From Show Attendees 

“Absolutely FANTASTIC show!” – Linda A 

“Loved the show. You have an unique way of uniting people and our Canada.” – Lynn Roberts 

 “Excellent show, loved the music and Karens’ paintings were awesome!” – Janet Doiron 

 “Everybody’s having a great time, especially the audience.” – Eric Macewen 

“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 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

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This 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.

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One of Canada's foremost performing songwriters, with ten albums and numerous awards and nominations from the JUNOs and East Coast Music Awards to his credit.