Cook per­forms May 18 at Vil­lage mu­si­cal aca­dien

Rus­tico’s Jenna-Marie Gal­lant to open for award-win­ning singer-song­writer

Journal Pioneer - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Nova Sco­tia singer-song­writer Ryan Cook will per­form this Fri­day in the Angèle Arse­nault Hall at the Vil­lage mu­si­cal aca­dien. This is part of Cook’s Ru­ral Routes Tour this week when he is vis­it­ing sev­eral small com­mu­ni­ties across the prov­ince.

With more than 20 mu­sic nom­i­na­tions in Canada, in­clud­ing three awards for al­bum of the year from Mu­sic Nova Sco­tia and one from the East Coast Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion, Cook mixes clas­sic coun­try mu­sic with mod­ern satire to forge a sound be­tween con­tem­po­rary folk and tra­di­tional coun­try.

He has shared the stage with artists like Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash and Travis Tritt and has per­formed trib­utes to Hank Wil­liams Sr., Merle Travis, Merle Hag­gard and Johnny Cash. His acous­tic show com­bines gui­tar styles, orig­i­nal folk bal­lads and vin­tage mu­sic from the 1940s and 1950s. The open­ing act is Jen­naMarie Gal­lant from Rus­tico, a 19-year-old singer-song­writer who writes lyrics and shares songs that are per­sonal in na­ture, yet in­ti­mately touch the hearts of lis­ten­ers. She started writ­ing mu­sic at the age of 11 and quickly showed an abil­ity to ex­press her ideas and emotions that were beyond her years.

She has shared the stage with sev­eral Is­land mu­si­cians, in­clud­ing Len­nie Gal­lant, Ash­ley Con­don, Meaghan Blan­chard and Michael Pen­der­gast. Now in univer­sity, she hopes to record her first al­bum soon. “We hope that all coun­try mu­sic fans and all those who are cu­ri­ous about Ryan Cook and the young Jenna-Marie Gal­lant will come to this show that prom­ises to be a great evening,” says Mar­cel Bernard, pres­i­dent of the Vil­lage mu­si­cal aca­dien.

The May 18 con­cert in Abram-Vil­lage be­gins at 8 p.m. Tick­ets are avail­able at the door or from the web­site, ryan­


Ryan Cook is in con­cert Fri­day, May 18, in the Angèle Arse­nault Hall at the Vil­lage mu­si­cal aca­dien, be­gin­ning at 8 p.m. Jenna-Marie Gal­lant of Rus­tico will open for him. Cook’s show is part of the Ru­ral Routes Tour of P.E.I.

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