Malen­fant and Camp­belljohn at King’s Theatre June 9

Annapolis Valley Register - - ARTS -

The blues will rock the stage of King’s Theatre in An­napo­lis Royal on June 9 at 7:30 p.m. as two Mar­itime blues leg­ends, Theresa Malen­fant and John Camp­belljohn, join forces for an un­for­get­table show.

Hail­ing from Dieppe, N.B., Theresa Malen­fant grew up sur­rounded by a mu­si­cally tal­ented fam­ily. She made her singing de­but at the age of 14 and was soon on stage, singing duets with the great Dutch Ma­son.

Af­ter many years of suc­cess, both in her na­tive Canada and dur­ing a five-year stint liv­ing and per­form­ing in Europe, Malen­fant has a num­ber of crit­i­cally ac­claimed al­bums to her credit and 30 years of per­form­ing un­der her belt.

The vo­cal pow­er­house in the tra­di­tion of Ja­nis Joplin and Etta James has amassed an in­cred­i­ble ca­reer, one that shows no signs of slow­ing down. Her strong and pow­er­ful vo­cals will shake the King’s Theatre foun­da­tions.

King’s Theatre also wel­comes the man with the soul­ful and rich voice John Camp­belljohn, whose acous­tic blues style and tech­nique on ei­ther guitar or do­bro lap steel is leg­endary. He ups the ante with an elec­tric sound that will cap­ti­vate the au­di­ence.

The rhythm Camp­belljohn has set as the base for ev­ery per­for­mance is a tell­tale sign of his Cape Bre­ton roots. He pulls strands from rock, reg­gae, roots, and pure coun­try to weave his own brand of power blues.

Tick­ets are avail­able at the box of­fice at 902-532-7704 or on­line at kingsthe­

The West Kings au­di­to­rium was re­cently filled to ca­pac­ity for the school’s first Scot­tish Gaelic Heritage Con­cert.

The con­cert, on May 25, was planned by the West Kings Gaelic Club and its in­struc­tor Don Hys­lop. It was to raise aware­ness of Gaelic cul­ture in Nova Sco­tia and cel­e­brate Gaelic Aware­ness Month, which oc­curs ev­ery year in May.

The con­cert pre­sented a broad spec­trum of Scot­tish Gaelic cul­ture and mu­sic. Per­form­ers in­cluded pipers, dancers and Gaelic singers. Stu­dents from Pine Ridge Mid­dle School led the evening with four mouth mu­sic pieces. Sung in Gaelic, the idea be­hind mouth mu­sic is that if mu­sic in­stru­ments are not avail­able, musicians can ac­tu­ally dance to the songs.

The 14 Wing Green­wood Pipes and Drums be­gan its per­for­mance with a black light drum salute, which had the au­di­ence gasp­ing in ap­pre­ci­a­tion. It fol­lowed with sev­eral rous­ing, well-known pipe tunes. Be­fore end­ing its set, Pipe Ma­jor Andrew Bruce played a beau­ti­ful upbeat solo on the Uil­leann, or small pipes, to a very ap­pre­cia­tive crowd.

Next up was the Amethyst Scot­tish Dancers from Hal­i­fax. This group of young women and men stole the hearts of those in at­ten­dance. Mix­ing high­land, mod­ern and tap danc­ing to tra­di­tional Scot­tish mu­sic, those in at­ten­dance were clap­ping and cheer­ing as the dancers dis­played pre­ci­sion chore­og­ra­phy and out­stand­ing ath­leti­cism in their rou­tines.

Six­teen-year-old Nic­taux res­i­dent Michael Tra­han may have stolen the show with his set of bril­liant solo pip­ing in­ter-spaced with hu­mor­ous ban­ter be­tween each of his num­bers. His per­for­mance was amaz­ing con­sid­er­ing he has only been pip­ing for three years.

The ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Gaelic Af­fairs of Nova Sco­tia, Lewis Mack­in­non, was the fi­nal out­side per­former. He in­ter­spersed his Gaelic songs with sto­ries of their his­tor­i­cal back­ground as well as in­form­ing the au­di­ence of steps be­ing taken in Nova Sco­tia to pro­mote and grow the Gaelic lan­guage.

The West Kings Gaelic Singers, all mem­bers of the school’s Gaelic Club, per­formed six num­bers, do­ing two num­bers af­ter each of the out­side per­form­ers. They also did a num­ber at the clos­ing of Mack­in­non’s set. They closed the con­cert with a pow­er­ful ren­di­tion of the Gaelic song Chi Mi Na Morb­heanna, which is usu­ally played or sung at very solemn oc­ca­sions.

At the con­clu­sion of the con­cert, the au­di­ence gave the per­form­ers a stand­ing ova­tion. On their way out of the school, many of the at­ten­dees stopped and asked Hys­lop if he would make sure there was an­other con­cert next year.

Hys­lop added the con­cert raised more than $700 for the West Kings Stu­dents’ Coun­cil to be used to help fund stu­dent ac­tiv­i­ties.


John Camp­belljohn, Cape Bre­ton blues icon, joins Theresa Malen­fant for a 7:30 p.m. con­cert at King’s Theatre in An­napo­lis Royal.


Piper Michael Tra­han from Nic­taux per­forms dur­ing the first Scot­tish Gaelic Heritage Con­cert at West Kings.

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