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Long awaited album by the much revered Canadian songwriter, Time Travel, takes us on a trip that delves in journeys of the heart, our time on the planet, contact in the universe, ancient myths, legends and an oddly confused ghost. It is an exciting, explorative (musically and thematically) and deeply evocative album that will be sure to move the listener on many levels. Gallant’s rich vocals are brought to the fore on this recording and the often lush and full arrangements provide the ideal setting for them to shine.
The new album was produced by Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant/ David Myles) and features special guests Rose Cousins, Mary Jane Lamond, Jenn Grant, The Fretless, & the Atlantic String Machine.
This is Gallant’s first studio album in 9 years and early response from industry insiders all agree, it is his “finest recording to date”. Not that he hasn’t been active though, as his last two live albums both won national awards and several East Coast Music Awards including Album and 2017 Entertainer of the Year.
Searching for Abegweit
Lennie Gallant and band performed over 140 full house performances of his runaway theatrical hit Searching For Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant. The show is a musical love letter to Prince Edward Island that stars the artist himself and presents his compositions about the Island alongside comedic stories, poignant tales, and Island legends.
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 sideman 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.
Christmas Day On Planet Earth
Christmas Day on Planet Earth uses the Christmas nativity story of the tired couple in need, looking for safe lodging for their baby to be born, set against the present day situation of desperate families and homeless people in need of shelter. “There are so many kids, moms, and dads out there who will not have something decent to eat, or a place to sleep, let alone a gift under a tree. I thought the original Christmas story might open some hearts if they look at it in the context of what is happening in many parts of the world today” says Gallant.
The video’s birth started last July when an agent for the Zimbabwe band, Black Umfolosi mentioned to Canadian songwriter, Lennie Gallant that the group was passing through his province, PEI, and were looking for a place to stay for a
Live Acoustic at the Carleton
The album contains 16 live tracks, a combination of brand new songs and familiar favourites. New songs include “Has Anybody Seen My Skates“, which premiered on Hockey Day in Canada, “God’s Reply“, “Amelia“, written for Amelia Earhart (co-written with Liam Titcomb) and “Abegweit“, which was written for his show Searching for Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant, that he starred in – a runaway hit that was extended to an incredible 57 sold out shows this past summer in Charlottetown! The album also includes fan favourites such as “Peter’s Dream“, “Mademoiselle“, “Laisse aller“, and rockin versions of “47 Angels on Her Front Lawn, “Tales of The Phantom Ship” and “Tell Me A Ghost Story“. The album is Lennie’s tenth full length recording and was captured over two nights in the intimate atmosphere of the award-winning songwriter music club – The Carleton in Halifax.
Songs by Lennie Gallant
Paintings by Karen Gallant
Lennie Gallant and visual artist Karen Gallant are brother and sister who grew up in Rustico, Prince Edward Island. They were influenced by their surroundings in similar and profound ways, yet chose to channel their creativity through different media. Lennie and Karen have long dreamed of working together on a project and this wonderful book is the result. Peter’s Dream is an opportunity for you to experience their respective visions through exciting pairings of lyric and image that will pull you into new worlds rich in drama, pathos, and celebration– as well as a healthy dose of East Coast lore. Rendered by two powerful and perceptive storytellers, these works were created over a lifetime of independent craftsmanship, but while preparing this book, both artists discovered that they have been unknowingly collaborating all along! Prepare to be moved and inspired by these talented siblings, now realizing their shared dream. To learn more about Karen Gallant and her works, please visit www.karengallant.com
Available in bookstores.
A Day With You in Paradise
Illustrated by Patsy MacKinnon
This beautiful picture book depicts a family’s fun-filled day at a Prince Edward Island beach. Racing past dunes, building sand castles, and singing songs by a bonfire at night, the family revels in the peaceful beauty of an Island beach. Lennie Gallant’s lyrical description of a PEI summer day is matched perfectly with Patsy MacKinnon’s sun-soaked illustrations. A Day with You in Paradise is based on Lennie’s song of the same name from the Juno-nominated album When We Get There.
Available in local bookstores. Nimbus Publishing.