At­lantic Blue en­joy­able show

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Sum­mer is the time to ex­plore our beau­ti­ful Is­land and to en­joy the ceilidhs and mu­si­cal shows. There are count­less from which to choose. We re­cently at­tended At­lantic Blue fea­tur­ing Tara Ma­cLean at the Char­lot­te­town Guild. Tara is an award-win­ning, P.E.I. born singer/song­writer. At­lantic Blue is Tara’s love let­ter to the Cana­dian East Coast and the mu­sic that in­flu­enced the song­writer she be­came.

On stage with Tara were Todd Ma­cLean, Cyn­thia MacLeod, Caro­line Bernard and Mark Ged­des. The show also fea­tures spe­cial guests in­clud­ing singers and dancers.

We were taken on a mu­si­cal jour­ney over a pe­riod of time, which in­cluded such artists as Rita McNeil, Len­nie Gal­lant, The Rank­ins, Stompin Tom Con­nors, Hank Snow, Gene MacLel­lan, Sara McLach­lan, Ron Hynes, SHAYE and Gordie Samp­son.

Ex­ten­sive bi­ogra­phies and pho­tos of each artist pre­ceded the songs per­formed by Tara and her band. It was amaz­ing to hear how the strug­gles of some artists made them stronger and more de­ter­mined to suc­ceed in the mu­sic in­dus­try.

Tara gave credit to Earle’s Pic­ture Restora­tion for the many pho­tos de­pict­ing the past his­tory of the Is­land.

Dur­ing in­ter­mis­sion we were free to browse the art gallery down­stairs and view the many paint­ings on dis­play.

This was a most en­joy­able evening. Check it out you won’t be dis­ap­pointed.

Mar­lene Bryen­ton, Char­lot­te­town

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