An Innkeeper’s Christ­mas

Len­nie Gal­lant’s song in­spi­ra­tion for Dec. 14 concert in Char­lot­te­town

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CLASSIFIEDS/ENTERTAINMENT -

Len­nie Gal­lant will be of­fer­ing a taste of an Innkeeper’s Christ­mas on Fri­day, Dec. 14, 8 p.m., at the Trin­ity United Church, Char­lot­te­town.

The concert is named af­ter Gal­lant’s much-loved Christ­mas song, “The Innkeeper”, which is a bit of a re­demp­tion nativity story that seems to have taken on a life of its own ev­ery hol­i­day sea­son.

“I get so many let­ters and emails from peo­ple who say they play the song at Christ­mas ser­vices and events with var­i­ous choirs and gath­er­ings,” says Gal­lant.

“It re­ally touches me deeply to hear how the song lives on and seems to move peo­ple dur­ing this time of year.’

This hol­i­day sea­son, Gal­lant has cho­sen to start his own Christ­mas tra­di­tion based on the ti­tle of his pop­u­lar song.

“I re­ally hope this will be a yearly concert and I can mix it up ev­ery time around with dif­fer­ent guest artists show­ing up.”

This de­but concert will see Gal­lant and his stel­lar band, com­prised of Pa­tri­cia Richard, Jeremy Gal­lant, and Sean Kemp, joined by mem­bers of the At­lantic String Ma­chine, nephew Rowan Gal­lant from Ten Strings and a Goat Skin and nephew Jonathan Gal­lant adding their tal­ents to the show.

Gal­lant has been re­ceiv­ing a great deal of at­ten­tion lately due to his new re­lease “Christ­mas Day on Planet Earth” that he recorded with Black Um­folosi, the in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed ac­capella group from Zim­babwe. The band was pass­ing through P.E.I. while on tour and hooked up with Gal­lant to record the song that he wrote specif­i­cally with them in mind. They also made a video the same day, di­rected by award win­ning Is­land di­rec­tor John Hop­kins, which has been get­ting much at­ten­tion lately on YouTube.

Gal­lant says he is very much look­ing for­ward to shar­ing this song, some tra­di­tional tunes, and other orig­i­nals he penned cel­e­brat­ing the sea­son in­clud­ing one he wrote for and sang with John Dunsworth, also known as Mr. La­hey on the Trailer Park Boys. He wrote the song, “I Still Be­lieve in Santa” for a movie star­ring Dunsworth.

“We had a lot of fun with that one, and even made a crazy video for it’ says Gal­lant.

“John was amaz­ing to work with and was a tremen­dous tal­ent. We miss him dearly!’

At the Trin­ity show, Gal­lant will also be fea­tur­ing songs from his new al­bum, Time Travel”. Tick­ets are avail­able through east­link­cen­trepei.com and at the door.

DAVE BROSHA/SPE­CIAL TO THE GUARDIAN

Len­nie Gal­lant will per­form An Innkeeper’s Christ­mas at Trin­ity United Church, Dec. 14.

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