Len­nie Gal­lant brings Time Travel to Parrs­boro

First new project in nine years is ‘an ex­cit­ing, ex­plo­rative, deeply evoca­tive’ al­bum

The Amherst News - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY/HAPPENINGS - BY DAR­RELL COLE AMHERST NEWS dar­rell.cole@amher­st­news.ca Twit­ter: @ADN­dar­rell

It has been a long time since Len­nie Gal­lant has been in the stu­dio.

But mak­ing a new al­bum af­ter a long hia­tus can some­times be like go­ing back to a fa­mil­iar pas­time or hobby – even if it’s been nine years in be­tween.

Gal­lant, a na­tive of Prince Ed­ward Is­land, has just re­leased Time Travel – an al­bum that takes listeners on a trip that delves into jour­neys of the heart, our time on the plant, con­tact in the uni­verse, an­cient myths, leg­ends and an oddly con­fused ghost.

“It’s hard to be­lieve this is my first stu­dio al­bum in nine years,” Gal­lant told the Amherst News. “In be­tween, I’ve re­leased al­bums but they’ve all been live and done quite well. It’s pretty cool, though, to be back in the stu­dio record­ing mu­sic with some fab­u­lous play­ers.”

Gal­lant will re­turn to Parrs­boro on Fri­day, Sept. 14 at the Hall. Tick­ets are $35 and can be pur­chased at www.the­hall.ca

“The songs re­flect our short time here on the planet and touch on some themes of our travel on the planet and how we re­act to that travel,” he said. “I’m pretty ex­cited about it. Along with my reg­u­lar band, I got some great play­ers like the At­lantic String Ma­chine, Rose Cousins, Mary Jane La­mond, Jenn Grant and The Fret­less.”

Gal­lant said Time Travel is an ex­cit­ing, ex­plo­rative and deeply evoca­tive al­bum that will be sure to move the lis­tener on many lev­els. His rich vo­cals are brought to the fore on this

record­ing and the of­ten lush and full ar­range­ments pro­vide the ideal set­ting for them to shine.

The new al­bum was pro­duced by Daniel Led­well (Jenn Grant/ David Myles).

“I think any fans of my ear­lier stuff will re­ally en­joy this al­bum,” he said. “I’ve re­ally en­joyed working with Daniel Led­well on this project.”

The early re­sponse from in­dus­try in­sid­ers is it’s con­sid­ered his “finest record­ing to date.”

Gal­lant is rec­og­nized by his peers as one of Canada’s best per­form­ing song­writ­ers.

He will be head­ing out on the road to pro­mote the al­bum, tour­ing Al­berta and Bri­tish Columbia in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber and then head­ing east to On­tario in March with shows around the Mar­itimes in be­tween.

Along with fea­tur­ing many of the songs from Time Travel, Gal­lant will also be play­ing many of his fans’ favourites in­clud­ing The Band’s Still Play­ing, Man of Steel, Which Way Does the River Run, Tales of the Phantom Ship and Back to Rus­tico.

“I never get tired of play­ing those songs. I get a lot of en­ergy from play­ing those songs and the fans give us a lot of en­ergy when they hear them,” he said.

A pro­lific song­writer, Gal­lant has recorded 12 al­bums (10 in English and two in

French), which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, Cana­dian Folk Mu­sic Awards, East Coast Mu­sic Awards and Les Prix Éloizes.

He was re­cently hon­oured with the Cana­dian Folk Mu­sic Award for Artist of the Year. He is the 2017 East Coast Mu­sic Awards En­ter­tainer of the Year and also won the 2017 ECMA Folk Record­ing of the Year for his live dou­ble CD al­bum, “Search­ing For Abeg­weit.”

In 2017, he fin­ished his fourth sum­mer the­atre sea­son in P.E.I. and fol­lowed that with an East Coast tour of his mul­ti­me­dia hit mu­si­cal, Search­ing For Abeg­weit - The Is­land Songs & Sto­ries of Len­nie Gal­lant.

The im­mensely pop­u­lar pro­duc­tion ran for more than140 shows.

DAVID BROSHA PHOTO

Af­ter nine years away from the stu­dio, Len­nie Gal­lant is back with a new al­bum, Time Travel, an ex­cit­ing, ex­plo­rative and deeply evoca­tive al­bum that will be sure to move the lis­tener on many lev­els. Gal­lant will be in con­cert at the Hall in Parrs­boro on Fri­day, Sept. 14. Tick­ets are avail­able at www.the­hall.ca as well as at Amethyst Bou­tique, Ken’s Gro­cery, Har­ri­son’s Home Hard­ware and Lynda’s Guys and Gals in Parrs­boro. You must be 19 to at­tend.

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