A favourite show re­turns

‘Search­ing for Abeg­weit: The Is­land Songs & Sto­ries of Len­nie Gallant’ moves to the P.E.I. Brew­ing Com­pany

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT/COMMUNITY -

Renowned Cana­dian singer­song­writer Len­nie Gallant will be re-mount­ing his ac­claimed mu­si­cal theatre show, “Search­ing for Abeg­weit: The Is­land Songs & Sto­ries of Len­nie Gallant”, for au­di­ences in P.E.I. this sum­mer.

A run­away hit boast­ing 57 sold out shows as part of last sum­mer’s Char­lot­te­town Fes­ti­val, this year’s pro­duc­tion is pre­sented by P.E.I. Brew­ing Com­pany and will be staged at the P.E.I. Brew­ing Com­pany Culi­nary Event Space in Char­lot­te­town ev­ery Mon­day, Tues­day and Wed­nes­day dur­ing July and Au­gust 2015. Tick­ets are on sale now at www.peibrew­ing­com­pany.com and by phone at 902629-2739.

Wo­ven around the mu­sic of the award-win­ning Is­land song­writer, this P.E.I. love-let­ter stars Len­nie 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, says a re­lease.

“I am so look­ing for­ward to putting on Search­ing For Abeg­weit again this sum­mer,” said Gallant. “The re­sponse we had last sea­son was be­yond my hopes; we had many re­quests to run it again, both from folks who missed it, and from those who want to come back. I am very im­pressed with how the P.E.I. Brew­ing Com­pany space can be trans­formed into an el­e­gant theatre set­ting and I know we are go­ing to have a lot of fun with the show. The band is pumped and get­ting ready, and we have the won­der­ful Pa­tri­cia Richard (Come All Ye, Ode à L’ Acadie) on board with us this year so we are plan­ning to take this show to the next level!”

The re­cent re­cip­i­ent of the Cana­dian Folk Mu­sic Award for Artist of the Year and a mem­ber of the Or­der of Canada for his con­tri­bu­tions to Cana­dian cul­ture, Gallant’s body of work in­cludes 10 al­bums (eight in English and two in French), for which he has gar­nered a host of awards and nom­i­na­tions from the Junos, ECMAs and Prix Eloizes. An in­ter­na­tional tour­ing artist who has rep­re­sented Canada on song­writer events in Nashville, Lon­don and Texas, en­ter­tained troops in Kan­da­har, per­formed at Canada Day events in Washington and Lon­don, and on the world stage at the XXI Win­ter Olympics, Gallant and his show Search­ing For Abeg­weit are not to be missed.

For more on Gallant, visit www.lenn­ie­gal­lant.com.

Len­nie Gallant

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