Three Pi­anos get back to­gether for shows at Savoy

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The Three Pi­anos play Savoy, Satur­day and Sun­day.

What be­gan as a bit of fun back in 2002 and ran for 10 suc­cess­ful years is back for an­other kick at the keys over the Mother’s Day Week­end.

The Three Pi­anos re­turns to the Savoy on Satur­day at 7 p.m., and Sun­day at 2 p.m., promis­ing the same light­hearted pi­ano sounds that en­deared them to Cape Bre­ton au­di­ences for a decade. The group con­sists of Johnny Au­coin, Aaron Lewis and Stephen Muise, all well­known per­form­ers in lo­cal music cir­cles.

Ac­cord­ing to Muise, the group be­gan per­form­ing to­gether in 2002, af­ter a sug­ges­tion from Wendy Muise, his first wife, who has since passed away.

“She said: ‘what if the three of you got to­gether and did a show?’ I pitched it to Johnny and Aaron and they thought it was a great idea so the first time we did the show was in the base­ment of St. Michael’s Church, in New Water­ford,” says Muise. “Then it caught on and we started sell­ing out shows like crazy. We would do three shows in the spring and three shows at Christ­mas and the theatre would be full.

“It was a re­ally gim­micky show that caught on.”

Af­ter 10 years, the group de­cided to call it quits in 2012.

“We had a good run with it — some­times it’s good to stop these things when you want to in­stead of peo­ple telling you (that) you should,” says Muise. “Aaron was about to go into the stu­dio and do new things, I was about to get busy with the Men of the Deep and Johnny was get­ting ready to leave for Hal­i­fax so I think it was more of a ca­reer move. We thought it was a good time to part ways with it.”

But for the past five years, they’ve been re­ceiv­ing re­quests to re­vive the show and Muise says with the Savoy’s 90th an­niver­sary this year, now seemed like the per­fect time to do so.

“We thought, ‘hey, what a great time to get to­gether and play some tunes again,’” said Muise. “Mother’s Day seem to be the day for this and our music and hu­mour seems to ap­peal to moth­ers around Cape Bre­ton.”

In ad­di­tion to per­form­ing var­i­ous types of music from dif­fer­ent gen­res, the play­ers will also be wel­com­ing Jor­dan Crocker and Martina Lewis as their spe­cial guests. Ron Lead­bet­ter on drums and Al­lie Ben­nett on bass will fill out the stage.

The Savoy will be also of­fer­ing a lim­ited num­ber of Mother’s Day tur­key din­ners af­ter the show. Din­ners are avail­able for pur­chase from the Red Cur­tain Cafe.

“We joke around. We tell peo­ple if they want to sing along, go ahead, if they want to dance in the aisles, feel free and if one of us isn’t play­ing the grand pi­ano at the time, jump and start play­ing — you’re more than wel­come to do that too.”


Aaron Lewis, left,sings while ac­com­pa­nied by fel­low Three Pi­ano mem­bers Johnny Au­coin, back, and Stephen Muise, front.

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