Sept 24, 2014

Canadian Folk Music Award Nominations!

Lennie Gallant was nominated for Solo Artist of the Year and English Songwriter of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for his new release - Live Acoustic at The Carleton.

Lennie will perform at the 10th Anniversary Awards Gala being held on Saturday, November 29 at the Bronson Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. For more information and tickets to the Gala, please visit: www./folkawards.ca


Sept 15, 2014

"I Still Believe in Santa"

Lennie Gallant wrote and performed the theme song "I Still Believe in Santa" for Santa Quest - a feature documentary that follows John Dunsworth’s journey to bring home the gold for Canada at the Santa Winter Games in Sweden

Santa Quest and the music video "I Still Believe in Santa" (featuring Lennie Gallant and John Dunsworth) had it's world premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Saturday, September 13.

For more information on Santa Quest, please visit www.facebook.com/SantaQuestMovie


August 25, 2014

Review: Gallant Finds the Soul of the Island

Nils Ling
G! Magazine


Photo credit: pixbylorne

It sounds like a daunting task: “Searching for Abegweit”. But in a wonderful theatrical concert show playing at the Mackenzie Theatre all summer, Lennie Gallant leads audiences in a magical voyage of discovery through his enduring music, engaging stories, and enchanting multi-media elements. The result: more than simply an evening of terrific entertainment (although it certainly was that!); this is a journey into the heart and soul of Prince Edward Island.

Over the past quarter of a century, I've probably seen Lennie Gallant perform more than 50 times, in venues as varied as a pub in North Rustico, the Mainstage at Confederation Centre of the Arts, festivals, studio sessions, house parties. So as I took my seat at the Mack I thought I knew what I was in for.

I was wrong.

I was expecting a night of great music – and of course, Lennie Gallant delivered. His body of work is astonishingly broad and textured – timeless ballads, rousing songs of protest against the destruction of the fishing industry, snapshots of life in Prince Edward Island. But “Searching for Abegweit” is so much more than a concert.

We can start with the work of director Jac Gautreau, a brilliant choice to realize the creative vision of the show. Gautreau wove together visual and aural treasures that complement and illuminate the music. A key element of the multi-media presentation were rear projections of the sometimes dramatic, sometimes whimsical art of Lennie's sister Karen Gallant. In the same way that “blood harmonies” sound closer and more attuned than other harmonies, one couldn't help but feel the genetic connection between the visual artist and the musician. It just felt ... right, ya know?

There were other elements: video pieces and recorded segments that were incorporated seamlessly into the show - Mi'k Maq chants, vintage photographs, video footage, all of it adding context and structure to the music. So often, homage to other cultural traditions can feel forced, overly earnest, almost pandering to the ideal of acceptance. There was none of that here. Other culture were respected, honoured – but there was no hint of patronage.

The music was everything you'd expect from one of Canada's foremost songwriters, and much more. Gallant and Gautreau made the bold decision to add a strong feminine voice to his compositions. Enter Caroline Bernard, whose soaring harmonies and lead parts added an entire new dimension to already iconic Island songs like “Island Clay” and “Peter's Dream”. A highlight of the evening was “Destination” - Bernard weaving in and around Gallant's narrative of a train trip across Canada. The addition of her solid accordion and vocal work and engaging stage presence through the evening created something far greater than the sum of its parts.

The other members of the supporting cast were pretty much perfect in their roles. The muscular and yet precise fiddling of Sean Kemp and the endearing goofy gawkiness (and musically spot on playing) of Gallant's nephews Jonathan and Jeremy created a solid musical ensemble. This allowed Gallant to explore the fun – and subtleties – of his wonderful body of work. Songs like “Northern Lights” have never sounded more exquisite.

Through the evening, Gallant wove in anecdotes and stories that brought out the humour and charm of life in small town Prince Edward Island. Lennie Gallant is not an in-your-face, dynamic, tour de force kind of entertainer. His personality onstage is muted, charming, self-deprecating ... Canadian. And it matches his music beautifully.

If there is one “must-see” show on the calendar this summer, I'm picking this one. I'm going to go back, probably a few times. It is a lovely way to introduce visitors from away to the heart of Prince Edward Island. And for those of us who live here, it is a way to reaffirm our enduring love for this place and remember just why it is so special.

Due to popular demand Searching for Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant has been extended for select dates in the first two weeks of September visit www.charlottetownfestival.com for more information.

Nils Ling is an author, a humorist, filmmaker, not to mention a bounder, a cad, and a ne'er-do-well who lives and works in (on?) Prince Edward Island Canada.


CBC East Coast Music with Bob Mersereau

Music Review: Lennie Gallant - Live Acoustic at The Carleton
Jul 13, 2014

Here's Lennie in the best possible setting, an intimate club. This is the second album recorded in the East Coast's best club, The Carleton in Halifax, after David Myles' live one from 2011, and it has the same spark that award-winner did. The excitement of the audience, and in return the enthusiasm of the musicians is easy to hear on the recording. It's a very confident set, over an hour long, with both long-time favourites and brand-new material, and the crowd is just as keen to hear the new ones as the hits.

Gallant's current touring group is a small acoustic crew, with Lennie on guitar and harmonica, Anthony Rissesco on violin, and two of Gallant's nephews, brothers Jeremy playing keyboards and Jonathan on percussion. I prefer this combo to a full band, as it lets Gallant play the storyteller, and doesn't overwhelm the lyrics. And when they want, they can still party hard, especially on some of the Acadian numbers. Gallant (the elder) is obviously enjoying the young energy the others bring as well, and he really seems to be commanding the stage with this show.

That bodes well for his new theatre show that has just begun in Charlottetown, Searching for Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant. He and the same band star in that, and although it has much more spoken-word and thematic material, several of the songs featured show up on this set. Those include the new number Abegweit, written about the Mi'kmaq name for P.E.I., and the legend that it was Glooscap's pillow. Also from the show is his Tales of The Phantom Ship, a ghost story about a ship on fire that sales the Northumberland Strait. Gallant has his own style of folk music, whether they feature historical tales (such as the Titanic number The Band's Still Playing) or fantasy songs (Tell Me A Ghost Story), where he rocks them up and makes them lively and exciting. It's easy to fall for these stories when you're having such a good time learning them.

So far, so much fun, but he has some heartache and some tear-inducing ones held back for the right moment. Peter's Dream appears, its tale of what happens to a fishing family when the industry fails still as powerful today, with its brilliant Biblical metaphor. That's followed by another favourite, Pieces Of You, a great lyric about lost love. The show wraps up with Mademoiselle (voulez-vouz danser), its warmth and charm a lovely way to go into the night. This is the set Gallant needed to remind us all of the strength of his writing, and his powerful performance style.


Lennie Gallant in ‘fine form’ on new CD

Doug Gallant - The Guardian
July 5, 2014

Lennie Gallant: Live Acoustic At The Carleton features a mix of fan favourites and new tunes

Timing is everything. That is perhaps one of the most over utilized expressions in the English language.

But there are times when it still seems appropriate.

This is one of them.

In the last 30-odd days, singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant has published a new book, released a new record and launched a new musical at the Charlottetown Festival.

Could he possibly have timed things any better?

He now has a book, a show and a record that can cross-promote each other.

And happily all three are worth promoting.

The book is worth reading, the record is worth hearing and the show is worth seeing.

For the purposes of this column, however, I’ll stick to the record.

Lennie Gallant: Live Acoustic At The Carleton was recorded at my favourite Halifax watering hole, The Carleton, on Argyle Street, one of the best venues on the East Coast to hear singer-songwriters like Gallant, Dave Gunning, Don Brownrigg and Thom Swift.

Recorded over the space of two nights, the record features some 16 songs, many of them fan favourites of longstanding like Peter’s Dream, Tales Of The Phantom Ship, The Band’s Still Playing, Tell Me A Ghost Story and Mademoiselle.

But the record also boasts several new offerings, one of which, Abegweit, was written specifically for the musical, Searching for Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant, which is playing five nights a week until the end of August at The Mack.

Other new entries featured here include an absolutely beautiful piece called God’s Reply, which he co-wrote with John Wiggins, and Amelia, a haunting ode to flyer Amelia Earhart, which he co-wrote with Liam Titcomb.

There’s also a version of Has Anybody Seen My Skates, a great song about Canada’s national obsession that Gallant debuted during a special concert at the Confederation Centre for National Hockey Day.

Gallant was in truly fine form for these shows at The Carleton. His voice has seldom sounded better and his guitars got a serious workout because he was the only guitar player for those shows. Nice harmonica work, too.

He was more than ably supported by violinist Anthony Rissesco and two of his own nephews, keyboard player Jeremy Gallant and percussionist Jonathan Gallant, both of whom are also playing with him at The Mack.

All three contributed backing vocals.

There’s also a special guest vocalist on the record. The voice of Mi’kmaq singer Hubert Francis can be heard on Abegweit.

What’s missing from the record are several of the stories Gallant told his audiences during those shows. But you can hear them, too, by going to Gallant’s website at http://www.lenniegallant.com/.

Most of the songs that appear on this record are also featured in his show at The Mack so if you like the record, see the show. Conversely, if you like the show, buy the record.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Doug Gallant, a reporter with The Guardian, writes his music review column for The Guardian every week. He welcomes comments from readers at dgallant@theguardian.pe.ca or 629-6000, ext. 6057.


July 2, 2014

SHOW REVIEW!

REVIEW: Lennie Gallant’s Abegweit a journey well worth taking
Lennie MacPherson
The Guardian - Published on July 02, 2014

© Photo special to The Guardian by Louise Vessey Lennie Gallant, right, performs in a scene from Searching For Abegweit, which has opened at The Mack in Charlottetown. With him are Jonathan Gallant, left, and Sean Kemp. The show plays all summer.Searching For Abegweit: The Songs and Stories of Lennie Gallant plays at The Mack until Aug. 29

Lennie, Lennie, Lennie.

Outside of Roger Younker, Lennie Gallant may’ve been the first Island name I associated with bonafide stardom. His breakout into international attention in the 1980s, however, has never clouded that connection to his home province. In fact, he has made it his career-long pursuit to explore these roots, and the varied histories of all of our Island’s population.

Searching for Abegweit: The Songs and Stories of Lennie Gallant is a journey through some of his most prized Island-inspired songs.

In low blues and purples, we are welcomed with a sort of dreamy, minor key medley of familiar melody lines from Lennie’s songs. From there, the show plays out just as the title suggests, as Lennie regales us with anecdotes and memories.

Between his polished, punchy songs, he humbly recounts the people and the moments that have informed his catalogue.

Song, story, song, story, it’s a comfy format to be sure.

Though in recent years, I’ve seen it become a bit of a trap (and a minor peeve of mine) for upcoming singer-songwriters to meander with inter-song banter that often outweighs the depth of their songs. A sort of cart before the horse thing, perhaps tilted by too much focus on becoming a professional musician, and not enough honest introspection.

But this is clearly never the case with Lennie. He’s time tested as the real deal, and his empathy and passion for the stories he tells radiates.

Certainly the songs have a life of their own, having been covered by many other musicians, but Lennie delivers them with that unmistakable voice.

His lines sit waiting to pounce with a breathy compressed, edgy vowel sound. Then a dry lilt. Then a quick percussive shuffle in his chest as he skips through syllables.

He can be soulfully lost in the words, or, true to his Acadian blood, add a certain playfulness to his presentation.

Throughout, Karen Gallant’s haunting, whimsical, ethereal paintings are projected behind the performers.

For years, her work has turned my head but I’d never connected the family dots.

The weathered trees, the stoic faces, the vibrant palette; it’s a thoughtful backdrop for her brother’s songs.

And it makes the show not just an appreciation of song, but of all expression of story through art.

Director Jac Gautreau is also the production designer behind this multi-media element.

Family connections fill the stage. Lennie’s nephew, Jonathan Gallant, is the young pup on the kit.

He’s composed and tasteful, and even takes a turn on lead vocals. Another nephew, Jeremy Gallant, masters the keys.

I’m convinced he is possessed by the music. His distinct flourishes can be raw or delicate, but always with a soft bed for the songs.

It’s refreshing to see a musician of Lennie’s pedigree and experience, at this point in his career, not just hiring old, bored studio pros.

The earnest energy his bandmates bring to the stage is key.

Also under the lights, Sean Kemp, who has been deftly slinging the f-holes beside Lennie for 10 years now, is a bit more classical than roots.

That is to say, he plays more violin than fiddle. Constant plucks and accents decorate the compositions before he summons the climaxes with roaring swells.

And you’ll likely recognize Caroline Bernard’s friendly face from the two summer Come-All-Ye runs. She was swaying on the squeeze box, and provided smooth back-up vocals.

A few of Lennie’s songs have stuck with me over the years only to pop into my brain when I’m doing an otherwise mundane task. Peter’s Dream, of course, is a Canadian classic. And, whether you’re a Lenniehead or not, I definitely recommend Tell Me a Ghost Story.

More rare than an aurora borealis, for this summer only, if you time it right, likely around 9:15ish, you can stand on Grafton Street and have the faint melodies of Lennie playing to you from both Confederation Centre stages.

Lennie MacPherson, a Charlottetown-based writer, actor and musician, writes theatre reviews for The Guardian during the summer months. He welcomes feedback at mockmywoods@gmail.com.


June 2014

Lennie Gallant releases his tenth album!

Live Acoustic at the Carleton

The album contains 16 live tracks, a combination of brand new songs and familiar favourites. New songs include "Has Anybody Seen My Skates", which premiered on Hockey Day in Canada, "God's Reply", "Amelia", written for Amelia Earhart (co-written with Liam Titcomb) and "Abegweit", which was written for his show Searching for Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant, that he himself will star in! The album also includes fan favourites such as "Peter's Dream", "Mademoiselle", "Laisse aller", and rockin versions of "47 Angels on Her Front Lawn, "Tales of The Phantom Ship" and "Tell Me A Ghost Story". The album was recorded over 2 nights in an intimate atmosphere in the award winning songwriter music club - The Carleton in Halifax.

Purchase your copy here!

Now available at iTunes!


June 20, 2014

Lennie Gallant comes home for the summer

The Guardian
Sally Cole


© Guardian photo by Sally Cole Company members meet with director Jac Gautreau, left, during a break in rehearsals for Searching for Abegweit: The Island Songs and Stories of Lennie Gallant. With Jac Gautreau from left are Caroline Bernard, Lennie Gallant and Sean Kempt. Missing from photo are Jonathan and Jeremy Gallant.

After performing in festivals and concerts, singer-songwriter thrilled to be back in P.E.I. for the summer performing at the Charlottetown Festival

Lennie Gallant is an award-winning singer-songwriter.

And, this summer, he’s realizing a dream.

After more than three decades of playing concerts and festivals across Canada, the United States and beyond, he’s performing his own show at the Charlottetown Festival.

“When I was a kid, starting to play music, it was a dream of mine to someday get on that stage and sing a few songs. So now, doing my own show, connected with the Confederation Centre of the Arts, means a lot to me,” says the creator of Searching for Abegweit: The Island Songs and Stories of Lennie Gallant, which plays selected dates from June 26 to Aug. 30 at The Mack in Charlottetown at 7:30 p.m.

The Rustico native is also happy about spending the season with his family and friends in Canada’s smallest province.

“Every summer I’m on the road, travelling everywhere. And I often miss so much of the summer on P.E.I. So doing the show here is a nice little side benefit.”

Gallant’s dream was fuelled by his realization that, in the process of recording 10 albums, as well as doing other projects, he had written many songs about Prince Edward Island.

“I wanted to gather all of them together, under one umbrella, and do something special with them,” says Gallant who put pen to paper and wrote a script, introducing each song and weaving in personal stories and Island legends.

When he presented it at the Confederation Centre, he received a positive response from the former associate artistic director.

“Wade Lynch got very excited about it. And he was one of the champions of putting it on stage,” says Gallant, adding that the director, Jac Gautreau, also played a supportive role.

By the time rehearsals started this spring, much of the work was already in place.

“That’s because Lennie and I had lots of conversations and Lennie had conversations with Wade Lynch during the creative process,” says Gautreau.

The colourful multimedia show, which features the artwork of Karen Gallant, will offer Gallant favourites including Island Clay, The Open Window, Back to Rustico and Tales of the Phantom Ship, along with other new Island-themed songs from Gallant’s new album, Abegweit.

“Everbody loves these songs and they all have a reason to be there but, on the other hand, we’re trying to be respectful of the time that people have,” says Gautreau.

One of the new songs is The Night We Moved the House. He co-wrote it with his nephew, Rowan Gallant of Ten Strings and a Goat Skin.

When Gallant’s great-great-grandfather died, an unscrupulous character in the community of Rustico discovered that the house the deceased and his wife had lived in was actually on the edge of his land.

“So he tried to claim the house and kick out my great-great-grandmother, a widow. But, when the community found out, they wouldn’t stand for it.

“So, in the middle of a cold winter’s night, they all showed up and literally picked up the house and moved it to another piece of land. Rowan and I loved the story so much that we had to write a song about it.”


June 13, 2014

PEI phantom ship gets stamp of approval

Dave Stewart
THE GUARDIAN

Canada Post is issuing a haunted stamp collection Friday, a collection which includes legendary Northumberland Strait tale

“Tales of the phantom ship, from truck to keel in flames;

She sails the wide Northumberland Strait,

No one knows her name.

Tales of the phantom ship, it’s a ship of fire they cry;

Hard against the wind she sails,

No one can say why.’’

- From Lennie Gallant’s song, Tales of the Phantom Ship.

Wilma MacKinnon of Point Prim is certainly a believer in those words.

In the early dawn hours of a crisp, clear morning in 1981, MacKinnon looked out her front yard and saw what appeared to be a three-masted schooner on fire in the Northumberland Strait. FULL STORY CLICK HERE!

"Tales of The Phantom Ship" has been re-recorded and available on "Live Acoustic at The Carleton"

 


June 10,2014

Lennie Gallant and sister Karen Gallant release a brand new exciting book!

Peter's Dream
Songs by Lennie Gallant
Paintings by Karen Gallant

Lennie Gallant and visual artist Karen Gallant are brother and sister who grew up in Rustico, Prince Edward Island. They were influenced by their surroundings in similar and profound ways, yet chose to channel their creativity through different media. Lennie and Karen have long dreamed of working together on a project and this wonderful book is the result. Peter’s Dream is an opportunity for you to experience their respective visions through exciting pairings of lyric and image that will pull you into new worlds rich in drama, pathos, and celebration-- as well as a healthy dose of East Coast lore. Rendered by two powerful and perceptive storytellers, these works were created over a lifetime of independent craftsmanship, but while preparing this book, both artists discovered that they have been unknowingly collaborating all along! Prepare to be moved and inspired by these talented siblings, now realizing their shared dream. To learn more about Karen Gallant and her works, please visit www.karengallant.com

Purchase your copy here!


June 2, 2014

P.E.I. pictures from the past

The Guardian
Sally Cole
Published on June 02, 2014

Lennie Gallant is seeking input from Prince Edward Islanders for his new show.



© SUBMITTED PHOTO This is A.P. Gallant's store in Rustico, circa 1930. Singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant, the owner's grandson, is looking for similar photographs of stores from across the Island to be used in his new show at the Charlottetown Festival this summer. Entitled Searching for Abegweit: The Songs and Stories of Lennie Gallant, it runs June 26 to Aug. 29

The award-winning singer-songwriter is asking people to send him photographs of their favourite corner store to be used in Searching for Abegweit: The Songs and Stories of Lennie Gallant. The show runs June 26 to Aug. 29 at The Mack in Charlottetown.

"I've written a new song about country stores in villages across the Island and how, in so many cases, they are the heart of the community," says Gallant during a telephone interview. "It's a song that's important to me because my granddad built the country store in Rustico in the 1930s. It was such a hub for the community. And there are so many stories that came out of there."

The show has a multimedia component. And the country store images received will be shown on large screens when he sings the new song.

"I'm hoping to represent as many communities as we can. So I'm looking for old photos or new, colour or black and white."

Anyone with such an image is asked to take a digital photo of it, without glare, and send it to wendy@lenniegallant.com.

"I'm hoping Islanders will give me a hand by sending me a photo of a village or country store in their community.

"It could be as easy as taking the picture with your iPhone and sending it to us."


June 2014

 

Searching for Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant


Searching for Abegweit
Show at The Mack features Lennie Gallant and his songs
opens June 28 (preview 26 & 27)
The Mack
The Buzz - June 2014

The new musical hybrid, Searching for Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant stars the songwriter himself, weaving celebrated roots and folk music among comedic stories, Island legends, multimedia film and artwork from visual artist and sibling, Karen Gallant. Premiering June 26, Searching for Abegweit features Gallant favourites such as Peters Dream, Tales of the Phantom Ship, and Island Clay among new Island-themed songs.

“Over the course of my career I have written many songs about this island I love so much,” says Gallant. “2014 seems like the perfect time to showcase all things PEI, so I am thrilled to be presenting this show in collaboration with Confederation Centre.”

“All Islanders feel very strongly about this beautiful corner of the world,” continues the Rustico native. ”I have tried to reflect some of that beauty through these songs of struggle, celebration, legend, and love. It is my hope that this patchwork quilt will have you laughing, singing, shedding a tear, and maybe even dancing with us as we go ‘Searching for Abegweit’—that elusive thing that makes this place so special for Islanders and those who come to discover it.”

Searching for Abegweit features musical accompaniment from PEI’s Caroline Bernard (Come-All-Ye, Les Girls), and Gallant’s nephews Jeremy and Jonathan Gallant. Long-time musical cohort, fiddler Sean Kemp rounds out the ensemble, and two-time Gemini-award-winner, Jac Gautreau (ECMA TV broadcasts; Atlantic Canada House programming at the 2010 Olympics) is the production’s director. Wade Lynch, the Centre’s former associate artistic director, was creative consultant on the project.

“These songs and stories are augmented by the rich and colorful paintings of Karen Gallant,” states Gautreau. “Her works, like her brother Lennie’s, share a deep understanding of Island life and mythology and I cannot imagine a more perfect visual companion for these songs.”

Searching for Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant, is sponsored by Scotiabank, and is a part of The 2014 Charlottetown Festival. It previews on June 26 and 27 and makes its world premiere at The Mack on June 28.

Tickets on sale now - click here!


Nov 8, 2013

We have added a second show at The Carleton!

A second show has been added on Wednesday, Nov 20 in Halifax. Tickets are on sale for Tuesday Nov 19 and Wednesday Nov 20 and are available by phone 902-422-6335 or online at www.thecarleton.ca.


Nov 8, 2013

Lennie on Q with Jian Ghomeshi

Q hits the road for a special show at Charlottetown's Confederation Centre, which was recorded last night in front an audience. Lennie sits down with Jian to talk about PEI.

Click here to listen


Oct 30, 2013

Lennie Gallant featured in Harrowsmith's Truly Canadian Almanac

Click here to read Lennie's Q&As!


Oct 25, 2013

Sensational season opener for P.E.I Symphony

The Guardian - Todd MacLean
Published on October 25, 2013


Photo: Darrell Theriault

It was such a treat to then see the smiling face of 15-time ECMA winning/three-time Juno Award winning/pride of P.E.I. Lennie Gallant — as his two nephews, Jeremy and Jonathan Gallant (on piano and cajón drum) were already poised to play alongside the orchestra — and as he walked out to the stage with Maestro Shapiro to begin the second half.

Beginning with Which Way Does the River Run, what a sound it was that surged around him, as the orchestra grew in chordal swells to powerfully accompany Gallant’s 1994 hit that began his nine-song set that afternoon.

Continuing with well-arranged songs like Emily’s Letters, La Tempete, a new song called God’s Reply, Life Line, and of course Peter’s Dream (which was thoroughly spine-chilling) and The Band’s Still Playing (which completely rocked the house), Gallant, his nephews, and the P.E.I. Symphony Orchestra were a well-oiled machine of music.

And after an exuberant standing ovation by the audience, and an encore of the heart-string-tugging lament for the family farm, Island Clay, Gallant sent us home well-soothed, full of contemplation, and truly marveling, evermore, at the remarkable gifts of his musicianship


June 14, 2013

The Guardian: Family affair

Award-winning P.E.I. singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant produces first CD for his nephews’ band, Ten Strings & a Goat Skin


Singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant, second left, was the special guest of Ten Strings & a Goat Skin during the band’s CD launch at the Old Triangle. It was one of two Charlottetown launches. The other took place at the Carrefour Theatre. From left are Rowen Gallant, Caleb Gallant and Jesse Périard.

When members of Ten Strings & a Goat Skin decided to record their first CD, they didn’t have far to go to find a producer.

Brothers Caleb and Rowen Gallant simply asked their uncle, an award-winning P.E.I. singer-songwriter.

“Lennie Gallant is very well known, and he has lots of experience with traditional music. Also, he’s family, and so logistically it made sense. He was there to support us all the way through. So it was wonderful to be able to include him on the album,” says Rowen, who is the violinist/vocalist for the group that also includes Caleb on vocals and bodhran and Jesse Périard, vocals, guitar.

Gallant was thrilled to be invited.

“After playing in Celtic bands like Speed the Plough, I was familiar with the style of music that the boys play,” he says.

Gallant had also seen them progress.

“I have watched Rowen, Caleb and Jesse’s musical journey over the last few years and I am impressed with how far they came in such a short period of time. There is true character in their playing, writing and overall sound that often takes years for a band to discover,” says Gallant who also knew the challenges awaiting them during their first visit to a recording studio.

“Both they and I felt they wanted someone who understood what they were trying to achieve and take care in getting them there.

I have enough studio experience now that I knew how to bring them into the studio environment yet retain that live sound and get the precision without losing the innate energy, which was the point,” he says.

Caleb says it was a learning curve.

“It was really hard working in the studio. But it allowed us to refine our music and make it better than we could on our own. I’m just really happy with the way that it came out. Working with Lennie was fantastic,” he says.

The result of their musical collaboration is Corbeau, a 12-track CD. Recorded at Sonic Temple in Halifax, it includes everything from traditional fiddle tunes like The Box Reels and Farewell to Uiki to traditional songs like The Gray Funnel Line, as well as their own compositions.

For instance, Jesse, Caleb and Rowen co-wrote the lively instrumental, Kick the Crow, while Rowen and Gallant co-wrote The Night They Moved the House.

“It’s a legend from our great-great-great-grandmother, a widow. Shortly after her husband died, she was on the verge of losing her property and her house, due to a deal gone sour (from dealings with) a nefarious character. So one night, the community of Rustico came together and moved her house across the ice to a different property, to allow her to keep the home. After that it was moved a second time. Now my uncle lives in a house that contains part of her house,” says Rowen, who appreciated his uncle’s help in penning the song.

“I am not an experienced songwriter so Lennie was an incredible help. He wrote the lyrics while I wrote the music, but we definitely influenced each other.”

Gallant is happy with the teamwork and finished product.

“I think it’s a good album, one that’s fun to listen to. You put it in your car stereo and you’ll want to play it a few times through.”

After the CD launch, which was held a few weeks ago in Charlottetown, good things are in store for the band, especially since Ten Strings & a Goat Skin recently signed distribution deals with two companies, Maritime-Acadian distributor Distribution Plages and international digital distributor Believe Digital.

“The first group will physically distribute our music nationally, while the other one is an international digital distributor. We thought we would explore different possibilities,” says Caleb, adding that the album was released on iTunes last week.


May 31, 2013

PEI 2014 launches Song Search with Internationally Renowned Songwriters to Judge

The PEI 2014 Song Search is open to songwriters who call the Island home, that is, who were born or currently live in PEI. Submissions will be accepted online at www.pei2014songsearch.ca until July 15, 2013. Full details about the call for submissions, recording, production and performance of the song are available in the attached backgrounder.

A judging panel consisting of music industry professionals and PEI 2014 representatives will determine the semi-finalists from all song submissions. A panel of three internationally renowned Canadian songwriters: Island native, Lennie Gallant; Our Lady Peace lead singer, Raine Maida; and Chantal Kreviazuk, will judge semi finalist entries.

The Guardian: Rousing theme song sought for 2014 celebrations 2014 Song Contest

Lennie Gallant is well equipped to judge a good P.E.I. song.

He has written his share of memorable tunes that capture the special sense of this place and the unique character of its people.

“They’re all different stories,’’ said Gallant.

“Most of them are pretty celebratory. I love this place. It’s a fabulous place to grow up.’’

Gallant’s music has been well received by fans and critics alike, such as his longtime gem Peter’s Dream that made the list of CBC’s Top 10 East Coast Songs of All Time.

Gallant has now been tasked to pick, not write, an original tune to serve as the P.E.I. 2014 theme song that will embody the spirit of next year’s major celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference.

Gallant, who will be joined on the judging panel by well known Canadian entertainers Chantal Kreviazuk and Our Lady Peace lead singer Raine Maida, has written a few theme songs of his own.

“And in each case what I was looking for was to get something that would be memorable and people would be able to sing along to hopefully on the chorus,’’ he said. “Hopefully it will be played on the radio — be radio friendly.’’

Gallant was among the performers Friday drawing a large crowd to the Confederation Centre of the Arts Amphitheatre for the launch of PEI 2014’s Song Search.

An invitation is now out to Island songwriters to submit an original song that is rousing, anthemic and celebratory. The Song Search is open to songwriters who call P.E.I. home, that is, those who were born or currently living in P.E.I.

“Prince Edward Island has no shortage of talent when it comes to songwriting as demonstrated by Stompin’ Tom, Gene MacLellan and Lennie Gallant,’’ says Tourism and Culture Minister Robert Henderson.

“The PEI 2014 Song Search offers the winning songwriter an opportunity to garner fantastic exposure through PEI 2014’s regional and national marketing initiatives and to leave a musical legacy for future generations.’’

A good theme song, says Gallant, has a lot of staying power.

“I think a lot of people can hum melodies of theme songs that took place over the years whether it be an expo or Stompin’ Tom’s (marketing) song for P.E.I. ‘eight double zero five six five seven four two one.’ See, I still remember it.’’

Gallant plans to release a compilation of his own P.E.I.-themed songs in 2014.

He is left scratching his head to come up with the number of songs he has penned over the years about Prince Edward Island and Prince Edward Islanders.

He has nine albums, various other projects, and even a number of unrecorded songs to draw from.

“Let’s just say I’ll probably be whittling it down to get them all on one CD,’’ he says.

As someone who has often written about P.E.I. on his musical journey, Gallant says he is pleased to be part of the search for an exciting theme song that will represent the spirit of the Island and the unique role it has played in building this great country.

Submissions will be accepted online at www.pei2014songsearch.ca until July 15. The 10 semi-finalist songs will be announced by Aug. 15 and the winning song by Sept. 10. The winning songwriter will receive $7,500.


March 10 , 2013

Lennie Gallant received his 16th East Coast Music Award!


Photo: Doug Gallant

Lennie with Natalie MacMaster at the East Coast Music Awards Gala Sunday, March 10 in Halifax. Both received a special 25th Anniversary Music Award.

During East Coast Music Week Lennie performed at the Sound Celebration with Symphony Nova Scotia at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium on Saturday night and hosted the SOCAN Songwriters' Circle at the Schooner Room, Casino Nova Scotia on Sunday.


March 9, 2013

Lennie Gallant kicks off ECMAs set with tribute to Stompin' Tom Connors
Doug Gallant - The Guardian


Guardian photo by Brian McInnis

HALIFAX — When award-winning P.E.I. singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant strode onto the stage of the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium here Saturday night and plugged in his guitar, the first song on his set list was supposed to be Tell Me A Ghost Story.

That’s what it said in the program.

But the events of the last few days have weighed on the mind of the Rustico native.

So, instead, Gallant kicked off his set at A Sound Celebration With Symphony Nova Scotia with a rousing version of Stompin’ Tom Connors’ Bud The Spud that brought the crowd to its feet. click here for the full story


March 9, 2013

Peter's Dream is #4 on CBC's Top 10 East Coast songs of all time!

Top 10 songs selected by a public nomination and vote. The songs in countdown order:

10. I'm Movin' On by Hank Snow
9. Let Me Fish Off Cape St. Mary's by Otto Kelland
8. Snowbird by Gene MacLellan
7. When It Comes My Turn by David Myles
6. Farewell to Nova Scotia (traditional)
5. Nowhere with You by Joel Plaskett
4. Peter's Dream by Lennie Gallant
3. Working Man by Rita MacNeil
2. Sonny's Dream by Ron Hynes
1. Fare Thee Well Love by Jimmy Rankin

This concert will be broadcast nationally on Canada Live:
CBC Radio 2 on Thursday, April 4 at 7 PM (7:30 in Newfoundland & Labrador)
CBC Radio 1 on Friday, April 5 at 2 PM (2:30 in Newfoundland & Labrador)

"I want to thank everyone who took the time to vote for Peter's Dream on the CBC contest. I think it's a bit odd to have a contest of this nature, as there are so many wonderful songs that could easily also be there, but at the same time I am happy to have a song of mine make the list.

The best thing about it was hearing Maureen Ennis' interpretation of it. It was incredibly moving and I heard many people say they heard the song for the first time all over again while listening to her. If you haven't heard her sing it, please catch the show's rebroadcast nationally on April 5th at 2pm on CBC Radio 1, or April 4 at 7pm on Radio 2.

Once again, thanks for taking the time to vote. I truly appreciate your support!"

A bientôt,
Lennie Gallant


Jan 30, 2013

Lennie Gallant with Symphony Nova Scotia

Lennie performed two Sold Out concerts with Symphony Nova Scotia this month - Jan 18 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax, and Jan 19 at the historic St. John's Anglican Church in Lunenburg.

Photo credit: Karen Runge


Dec 12, 2012

Lennie's timeless Christmas song "The Innkeeper" is available on the When We Get There CD, as well as available for downlowd at iTunes. It will warm your heart this season!


 

Sept 24, 2012

My Playlist by Lennie Gallant

"My Playlist by Lennie Gallant" was featured on CBC's Inside The Music. You can go here and listen online to Lennie's playlist, which includes songs from Gordon Lightfoot, Richard Thompson, Sarah Slean and more! Inside The Music airs Sunday's on Radio One ( 9 - 10 pm) and Radio Two (3 - 4 pm).


June 16, 2012

Lennie Gallant awarded the Acadian Order of Merit 2012

Lennie was awarded the Acadian Order of Merit 2012 in recognition of his work to the future development of Prince Edward Island's Acadian community.

The medal is awarded annually to an Acadian and Francophone man or woman who has made or is making a special contribution to the vitality of Island Acadians and Francophone life.

Read the full story from The Guardian


April 17, 2012

Measha records a Lennie Gallant song!

Lennie recently recorded a duet with Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman for her new album I’ve Got a Crush On You. Measha also recorded Lennie's song "TONIGHT I DRIVE YOU HOME" The album was released on April 17 and you can listen and download the song here!


 

Titanic 100 Halifax - 1912 - 2012


Lennie Gallant and his band perfoming "The Band's Still Playing" (Titanic Song)

Lennie took part in The Gathering & Night of the Bells in Grand Parade downttown Halifax to honour Nova Scotia's connection to the Titanic. Interpretive presentations and live performances expressed the story of the sinking of the ship, her passengers, and Halifax's recovery efforts. Narrator: Canadian Icon, Gordon Pinsent. Lennie also took part in And the Band Played On: A Tribute to Jock Hume, John Clarke and the RMS Titanic Orchestra at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax, that also featured performances by Bruce Guthro, Meghan Smith, Jenn Grant and others.


 

March 28, 2012

Lennie Gallant was presented with The UPEI Distinguished Alumni Award

The University of Prince Edward Island recognized three well known alumni—Lennie Gallant, Dr. Theresa Bernardo, and Dico Reijers—at the UPEI Distinguished Alumni and Inspiring Young Alumni Awards on March 28.

Host of CBC’s Mainstreet, Karen Mair, delivered the citation for the first 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Lennie Gallant. Mair made note of Lennie’s supportive family, and the pride that Islanders share of Gallant’s success as an accomplished Island born singer and songwriter.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards are the highest honour presented by the Alumni Association and are presented annually to graduates who have made an outstanding contribution to knowledge, the arts, the community, to the University, or have made a special contribution to an area of service to humanity.

For more information, click here!


 

Feb 29, 2012

Just Bidin' My Time: A Tribute to Gene MacLellan airs on CBC Radio


Lennie Gallant performs Gene MacLellan's song "The Call"
photo by Guardian photo by Brian McInnis

CBC Radio 2's "Canada Live" will air Just Bidin' My Time: A Tribute to Gene MacLellan. Lennie performs two of Gene's songs. Tune in at 7PM (7:30 NT).


 

Feb 20, 2012

Stolen From A Hockey Card

Lennie took part in the Stolen From A Hockey Card Concert hosted by Ron McLean. With Sarah Harmer, Chris Murphy (Sloan), Stephen Stanley (Lowest of the Low), Carmen Townsend, Liam Corcoran (Two Hours Traffic), Bidiniband and former New York Islanders great and Hockey Hall of Fame member Bryan Trottier. Lennie wrote two new hockey songs and performed them on stage at the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown, PEI


Feb 12, 2012

Measha Brueggergosman new album "I've Got A Crush On You"

Lennnie made a special guest appearance with Measha Brueggergosman Feb 10 &11 in Fredericton, NB. Shows were recorded for Measha's new album "I've Got A Crush On You" being released April 17 on Kelp Records!


Measha, Lennie and band

 


Feb 3, 2012

The Guardian: A musical faceoff

P.E.I. singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant has fond memories of playing hockey on the backyard pond and watching the game in the family’s tiny living room in Rustico. Gallant is performing a new hockey-themed song during Stolen From a Hockey Card on Feb. 9 at the Homburg Theatre of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

P.E.I. singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant has fond memories of playing hockey on the backyard pond and watching the game in the family’s tiny living room in Rustico. Gallant is performing a new hockey-themed song during Stolen From a Hockey Card on...

Stolen From a Hockey Card began as a musical component for Hockey Day in Canada. For a few years, it was an opening date concert. “But nothing as ambitious as this,” says creator/producer Dave Bidini. The opening concert turned into a full-blown event last year with Canadian musicians and hockey players flying into Whitehorse for the first-ever Stolen From a Hockey Card.
Tickets for the show are available at the Confederation Centre box office at 566-1267 or www.confederationcentre.com.

Award-winning P.E.I. singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant has plenty of fond memories about hockey.

As a boy, he couldn’t wait to tie up his skates each winter.

“As soon as there was any ice on the pond at the back of our house, I was out making a rink. And if that ice was too rough, I would be out there late at night with a bucket (of water) flooding the ice so we could skate on it the next day,” says the Rustico native who rose up through the ranks of peewee, minor and university hockey.

“It played a big part in my life.”

In the late 1950s, Gallant’s grandfather had a little corner store in Rustico, where his brother, Keith, now operates a service station. Gallant’s family lived upstairs. His father had a television, a scarce commodity in those days.

“Every week on hockey night our place would be packed with people who had come to watch the game. There would be one row of people sitting on the floor. There would be another tier sitting on the couch. Another row of people would sit on the back of the couch. And still another tier would be standing up behind it.

“One night there were so many people in that tiny living room the floor dropped. It actually fell two to three inches,” he says, adding that although no one was hurt during the incident, it made a lasting impact on the rural community.

“It has become a legend in Rustico,” says Gallant, who is pleased to be one of the headliners in Stolen from a Hockey Card on Feb. 9 at the Homburg Theatre of the Confederation Centre of the Arts at 8 p.m.

The hockey-themed concert, which will pay tribute to Canada’s love and passion for the game, will also feature singer-songwriters Sarah Harmer, Chris Murphy (Sloan) and Liam Corcoran (Two Hours Traffic), as well as hockey players like former New York Islanders great Bryan Trottier.

For their part, the performers have been commissioned to write an original song about Canada’s favourite game, says the lead singer of Two Hours Traffic.

“We had to pick a hockey player, past or present, and write a song about them. That evening they’re going to unveil them,” says Corcoran. “For people sitting in the audience, it’s going to be a surprise.”

As for the name of the hockey hero he has chosen, he won’t give any hints.

“A few people have asked me, but once I say we’re keeping it hush, hush, they don’t press me too hard,” says Corcoran, who also has a hockey connection.

“I played a lot of hockey growing up — from peewee all the way up to minor hockey. I even went to Ontario to try out for a junior team. It didn’t work out, so I came back (to P.E.I.) and started focusing more on my music.

“Still, hockey has always been a passion of mine. So it’s a big honour to be invited to play at this hockey event.

That’s partly because some of the people that I look up to are involved like Chris Murphy from Sloan and Sarah Harmer — two of the country’s greatest song writers are going to be on the stage that night,” he says.

Dave Bidini, the show’s creator/producer, says if last year’s debut concert in Whitehorse is any indication it will be a tremendous occasion.

“It will be a jam-packed night of some of Canada’s most recognizable faces in hockey combined with some of the country’s top singer-songwriters. It’s well worth the ticket price,” says the enthusiastic musician, songwriter, journalist and hockey fan during a telephone interview.

The master of ceremonies for the star-studded evening will be Ron MacLean, host of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

After playing a similar role last year in Whitehorse, he’s pumped about the event, which is part of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada 2012 celebrations being held across P.E.I.

“It’s going to be so much fun. I’ll be there to provide a bit of the Hockey Night in Canada hijinks. Dave Bidini will tell some great stories. So it will be a great mix of music and hockey talk — two things that are close to the hearts of Prince Edward Islanders,” he says.

Other than emceeing and enjoying the music, MacLean plans to make some new friends.

“I’m looking forward to meeting Lennie Gallant. I don’t know him personally. But I’m kind of a fan.

“I also am excited about meeting Bryan Trottier, winner of six Stanley Cups. That’ s the other thing I’m looking forward to,” he says.

Meanwhile, Bidini is busy working with musicians who are preparing to premiere their work.

For the occasion he has put together a house band, which is known as the Bidiniband.

That night, one by one performers will hop up to the mike and sing their song.

And he wants everyone to know how special that will be.

“You’ll have a chance to witness something truly unique in art and performance. And it will only happen once.”


Jan 21, 2012

The Guardian: Music P.E.I. Week wraps up with awards gala in Charlottetown


Guardian photo by Brian McInnis

Lennie Gallant sings one his most famous songs, Peters Dream, during the P.E.I Music Awards Gala Saturday night in the Homburg Theatre.


Jan 14, 2012

A Tribute To Gene MacLellan

Lennie performed at the sold out concert: Just Biding My Time: A Tribute To Gene MacLellan in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. In the first-ever large-scale concert in his honour, MacLellan's music was performed and saluted by a cast of some of the very best Island musicians, plus special guests. The show, called Just Bidin' My Time, was produced by Music PEI, and recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio and TV.


Lennie Gallant and Meaghan Blanchard sing "Shilo Song"
photo by Guardian photo by Brian McInnis


Lennie Gallant performs Gene MacLellan's song "The Call"
photo by Guardian photo by Brian McInnis


Dec 29, 2011 - The Guardian, Arts and Entertainment

On the horizon

For many P.E.I. performers, 2011 was filled with opportunity and success.

Now, as the old year fades, some of these artists continue to shine.

The Guardian recently spoke with four performers it featured in stories during 2011 who are looking forward to exciting new projects in the new year.

In concert

P.E.I. singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant is excited about performing in Just Biding My Time: A Tribute to Gene MacLellan, the CBC televised concert taking place Jan. 14 at Zion Presbyterian Church in Charlottetown at 8 p.m.

“Gene was a great songwriter. He contributed a great deal to Canadian culture. Gene also helped to launch Anne Murray’s career,” said Gallant during a recent telephone interview.

In his lifetime, he added, many people were moved by his work.

“I think it’s important that something like this is happening to remember somebody who meant so much to the musical community,” says Gallant, adding that the star-studded concert will feature Gene’s daughter, Catherine MacLellan, as well as Ron Hynes, Haunted Hearts, Meaghan Blanchard and more.

“Gene was a personal friend, and I miss him. We all miss him,” says Gallant, who is also one of the headliners for Stolen From a Hockey Card, a concert taking place on Feb. 9 at the Confederation Centre of the Arts at 8 p.m. as part of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada 2012 celebrations.

“Hockey played an important part in my life as I was growing up — both as a player and a crazy fan — so I’m very much looking forward to it,” says Gallant, who is also making several yet-to-be announced appearances during Metro Credit Union Music P.E.I. Week 2012 in Charlottetown.

“As you can see, I’m going to be pretty busy for the months of January and February on P.E.I.,” he says.

 

From The Guardian


Dec 2, 2011

Live in Halifax with special guest Lennie Gallant on CBC's A Propos

Recorded live in Halifax, this edition of A Propos features the sounds of Prince Edward Island, the sounds of Nova Scotia, the sounds of our guest, Lennie Gallant. Hear Jim Corcoran and Lennie Gallant in conversation, in front of a studio audience, as they speak about songwriting and Acadian culture in Prince Edward Island, writing and performing on the road, and simply about music. Also, Lennie performs some of his recent songs live in cozy Studio H at CBC Halifax.

Listen online - click here


Nov 18, 2011

Lennie Gallant special guest on A Propos

A Propos in Halifax on November 24

Join us for a live taping of A Propos on Thursday November 24 at 8 p.m. at the CBC building on Sackville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Host Jim Corcoran invites singer songwriter Lennie Gallant for a very special interview as well as live performances of his songs. If you want to be there, you can reserve your seats by sending an email here. See you then!


Nov 10, 2011

Lest We Forget

After having gone to Afghanistan to play for the troops, Lennie Gallant was moved to write this song with JT Harding. He had heard many stories of soldiers wounded in action and felt their voices needed to be heard.

Wounded by Lennie Gallant 


 

Nov 1, 2011


"You Don't Know How Beautiful You Are" on the EAST COAST COUNTDOWN

"You Don't Know How Beautiful You Are" has just been added. Please take a moment to vote for this song. Let's get it on the chart and on the way to #1!

VOTE HERE - www.eastcoastcountdown.com (right column, 4 up from the bottom)

Thanks for your support!


July 26, 2011

 

Lennie Gallant featured in CMT special

ECMA is back on television with “CMT Special – Birthplace of the Beat” which will feature highlights of East Coast Music Week 2011 – the four-day music and industry extravaganza which was held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in April.

Throughout the city, East Coast music took centre stage as artists and industry representatives met to focus on the growth and development of the east coast’s unique musical culture, celebrate career achievements and showcase talent.

Attended by more than 2,000 industry representatives and performers, and thousands of music lovers, the ECMA’s has grown from a one-day event hosted in a Halifax bar, to an event that now promotes east coast artists to national and international presenters and promoters.

The TV special will feature performances and interviews with many east coast artists including; Lennie Gallant, The Trews, George Canyon, Dave Gunning, Ghettosocks, Cynthia MacLeod, Amelia Curran, Rose Cousins, David Myles, Kim Stockwood, Haywire, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, and Jimmy Rankin.

Don’t miss a Beat! Tune in to CMT, this Saturday, July 30th at 7pm EST/ 8 pm AST/ 8:30 pm NDT!

For a sneak preview

For schedule information – visit www.cmt.ca/schedule

 


July 5, 2011

Lennie Gallant performs in Trafalgar Square, London England on Canada Day


Lennie Gallant on stage in London England. Oh My Darling on backing vocals. (Photo: Ro Cemm)

Lennie performed in Trafalgar Square on Friday July 1st in the largest Canada Day celebration outside Canada’s borders. Thousands of Canadians and friends of Canadians will gather to join in the festivities and celebrate the country’s 144th birthday.

Now in its sixth year, this celebration of all things Canadian is free for everyone to attend. Highlights of the day-long celebration include the annual Trafalgar Cup street hockey tournament, Canadian food and drink, and cooking demonstrations from a celebrity Canadian chef. There’s also the chance to gather the latest information about exciting Canadian destinations, and to learn more about travelling to and visiting Canada.

The main stage provided a platform for crowds to enjoy Canada’s artists and offers the perfect backdrop to other major attractions on offer during Canada Day in London. Lennie shared the stage with Blue Rodeo, Karkwa, Alex Cuba, The Mahones, Devon Sproule, Oh My Darling, Justin Hines, Tammy Weis and James Bryan.

This year’s event was hosted by Tanya Kim, anchor of Canada’s #1 entertainment news show CTV’s ETALK. Kim and her crew talked to artists backstage while also capturing the day’s events. CTV's “The Marilyn Denis Show” correspondent Cabral Richards was also participating in the celebration by introducing the stellar performers onstage.

For more information about Canada Day in London, please visit www.canadadaylondon.com



Paradise on the page
Musician Lennie Gallant adds 'children’s author' to his creative credits

By LOIS LEGGE Features Writer - Chronicle Herald

Lennie Gallant reads his new children’s book, A Day With You in Paradise, which is based on one of his songs, with his seven-year-old daughter Amelie in the backyard of his Halifax home. (Ingrid Bulmer / Staff)

A GOOD SONG is often a good story.

The multiple award-winning Maritime singer-songwriter is now a children’s book author, the man behind the words in A Day with You in Paradise, a new book based on his song of the same name.

Illustrated by New Waterford’s Patsy MacKinnon, the book spotlights a place where "wind turns tail on the setting sun, eagle comes searching for the mackerel run."

Children also play in the sand, eat from mussel beds, share "seaweed pillows" — all scenes reminiscent of his childhood as the oldest of six children growing up in Rustico, P.E.I.

It’s not entirely autobiographical though. The family in this story doesn’t arrive at Cavendish Beach in a gravel truck.

"My dad was a truck driver and we didn’t have a car, he just had a gravel truck that he drove. . . . And I remember on Sundays . . . we’d all jump in the back of the gravel truck and head off down to the beach," he recalls with a laugh.

"And I thought that was the greatest thing, you know. I look back now and think we couldn’t even afford to have a car but . . . I never felt that way. I never felt that we were missing anything. It was an adventure and I have a lot of cool memories of being a kid on the beach."

The story depicts everything from guitar playing to kite flying to frolicking on the beach — vivid colours courtesy of MacKinnon, who Gallant says "did a great job."

But the Halifax resident did tweak a few lyrics for his new, younger audience, including his seven-year-old daughter Amelie.

"The spirit of it is very much the same (but), for instance, there’s a line —‘dive in the waves, feel the water’s slap, hear the popping of your ears and the cold beer cap.’ Well, you know, I thought it didn’t belong in a children’s book so we changed it to ‘pop cap’ . . . and a few other lines that seemed perhaps a little more geared toward adult ears we changed. . . . I really like the way they turned out."

Gallant’s hoping it turns a whole new audience toward his music, which takes him to the northeastern United States this month, then to Trafalgar Square in London for Canada Day concert celebrations July 1, and then back to Prince Edward Island for the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, which starts July 7.

PEI Book Launch will be held at Confederation Centre Library on Wednesday, June 13 at 7 pm. Bookmark will be selling the books at their location.

Purchase your copy from us via paypal

 

 


 

April 17, 2011

ECMA Win!

Lennie Gallant accepting his 15th ECMA award at the Music Awards Gala, held in Charlottetown, PEI

 


March 8, 2011

Cavendish Beach Music Festival

Cavendish Beach Music festival announced today that Lennie Gallant will co-headline the Main Stage!

Others announced today were Trace Adkins, Johnny Reid, Brad Paisley, George Canyon, Toby Keith and more! CMT personality Casey Clarke flew into town today to personally unveil a good portion of the star-studded line-up for the newly branded LottoMax presents Cavendish Beach Music Festival scheduled to take place July 7-10, 2011 in Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island.

Tickets on Sale: 10:00AM Saturday, March 12, 2011

www.cavendishbeachmusicfestival.com


March 2, 2011

Canada Day in Trafalgar Square, London England

Lennie Gallant will perform at the 6th Annual Canada Day in London celebration that will take place in Trafalgar Square. Attracting well over 50,000 Londoners and visitors from around the globe, the celebration of Canada’s 144th birthday presents a unique opportunity to enjoy the best of Canadian music. Previous years have seen artists like Sam Roberts, Kathleen Edwards, Jully Black, Sarah Harmer and Hawkesly Workman grace the stage on the square. Full details will be announced Friday, March 4 at www.canadadaylondon.com


March 2, 2011

David Suzuki's "Playlist for the Planet"

Ashelin's "Song for Mariana" won a spot on the playlist, representing Newfoundland. Lennie co-wrote this song with Ashelin. You can listen here: http://radio3.cbc.ca/#/bands/Ashelin


March 2, 2011

New Single "If We Had A Fire" released to Country Radio

The single "If We Had A Fire" will be released to Country Radio in Canada on March 7. The song was co-written with 2011 Juno Nominee Carolyn Dawn Johnson and she also sings on it with Lennie.


Jan 20, 2011

Lennie Gallant receives four ECMA nominations!

Artist and industry award nominations were announced today at the Confederation Centre of the Arts for East Coast Music Week 2011 to be held April 13-17 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Lennie Gallant received nominations for Fan's Choice Entertainer of the Year, Francophone Recording of the Year (Le coeur hante´), Recording of the Year (If We Had A Fire) and Songwriter of the Year.

Fan’s Choice voting opens March 14.

Awards will be distributed throughout the event at various times on showcasing stages, at the Industry Awards Brunch, and at the Music Awards Gala on Sunday, April 17 at the Homburg Theatre at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown.


Happy New Year!

Grand Parade in Halifax on New Year's Eve last year.

 watch more of the show here - www.youtube.com/lenniegallant



Oct 15, 2010

Concert Review

Gallant delivers another memorable night

The Guardian
Published on October 15th, 2010
Todd MacLean

“Spending a night with Lennie is almost always a memorable experience,” Eric MacEwen said, as he warmly and passionately introduced Lennie Gallant to a packed crowd at the newly-renovated Kings Playhouse last Friday night.

MacEwen has stated many truths in his day, and the performance that Gallant followed through with proved him to be right again.

“Eric and I have never spent a whole night together, just for the record,” Gallant smiled in his first words at the mike, to start the show on a comedic note.

The premise behind the night of music at the Kings Playhouse was to raise money and food donations for the Georgetown Food Bank. And what better way to do it than to bring out one of the Island’s most widely-known singer-songwriters of all time for the cause.

(Incidentally, he’s so nationally known now that he recently became a “P.E.I. singer-songwriter” clue in the National Post crossword. “And Stompin’ Tom did not fit!” Gallant said.)

Flanked by two Nova Scotia musicians, Anthony Rissesco on violin to his right and Keith Mullins on drums and backing vocals to his left, Gallant wheeled into a driving quick strummer of a first tune — Mademoiselle, Voulez-Vous Danser — to kick things off with a spectacular bang.

(Did you know that Jimmy Buffett recorded that one several years ago? Of course, it pales in comparison to Gallant’s version, but hey, there it is.)

Gallant’s new album is called If We Had a Fire, which has garnered him three nominations for the upcoming Canadian Folk Music Awards in November, and throughout the night he performed a handful of tunes from this new recording.

His third song of the evening, Before We Sell This Car, was one of these. A tune written with Juno award-winning country artist Carolyn Dawn Johnson, it’s a nostalgic heartstring-puller complete with some catchy melodic hooks and was definitely one of my favourites of the night.

Some other highlights of the first set included songs like Tell Me a Ghost Story (perfectly spooky for an October night), You Don’t Know How Beautiful You Are (a gorgeous new tune written for his six-year old daughter, Amelie), 47 Angels on Her Front Lawn (always such a rocker) and, of course, Peter’s Dream, which raised everyone’s voices in song, as well as the goosebumps on the back of my neck.

Gallant also told us an interesting story in the first set. Mentioning that Canadian astronaut Julie Payette took one of his CDs along for her recent trip into space, he also said he was originally going to try to get her a copy of the new CD to take along for the ride as well, particularly because the launch of the album coincided with the launch of her shuttle (“What better way to launch a CD, eh?” Gallant chuckled). But he quickly realized this wouldn’t be the best idea when he remembered that the CD was called If We Had a Fire.

Some highlights of the second set were songs like the set opener, Which Way Does the River Run, the title track from the CD, If We Had a Fire (which is just such a fantastically-written song, with a profound putting-life-in-perspective message to it), the old classic that still sails on, Tales of the Phantom Ship (again, wonderfully fitting for this time of year), the emotively enveloping Wounded, the Gandhi-inspired Be the Change and the massive finale, The Band’s Still Playing, which featured the cream of the crop of Rissesco’s incredible violin solo work throughout the show.

After a standing ovation, and an encore of Seven Years, a guy shouted out, “Open Window!” in the midst of the audience’s applause.

“Maybe he just wants us to open a window?” drummer Mullins said.

But follow through with his request they did, as Gallant belted out with gusto one of his most adored tunes in his repertoire, and the trio rocked it home solidly.

What a treat it was to hear Gallant in this setting and what a great help it was for the underprivileged of the Georgetown area to head into the fall and winter with a boost to the food bank resources.


Oct 7, 201

Nominated For Three Canadian Folk Music Awards

Lennie Gallant has received nominations in three categories from The Canadian Folk Music Awards, announced Wednesday in Winnipeg - host city for the 2010 CFMA Gala event. Gallant, who released two albums in 2009, "If We Had A Fire" and "Le coeur hante´", received nominations for English Songwriter of the year, French Songwriter of the year and Contemporary Album of the year.

The Canadian Folk Music Awards, created in 2005 to bring greater exposure to the treasure trove of Canadian folk music, honours outstanding achievements in 19 categories. Awards will be handed out at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre in Winnipeg on Saturday, November 20, 2010.

"If We Had a Fire" and "Le coeur hante´" are available in stores, online and at iTunes.


April 29, 2010

"Peter's Dream" # 1 on the Essential East Coast Playlist

CBC Radio's Mainstreet on P.E.I. assembled the Essential East Coast Playlist and listeners voted for their favourite Atlantic Canadian tunes. The results are in and "Peter's Dream" topped the list at #1.

Thanks for your votes!

www.cbc.ca/pei


April 19, 2010

Podcast/Concerts on Demand

Lennie's concert recorded at the National Arts Centre is now Available by Podcast www.cbc.ca/radio2/podcasts/canadalive.html

Listen online anytime! This concert is available on Concerts On Demand: Lennie Gallant live at the NAC - www.cbc.ca/radio2/cod/concerts/20100119galla

Please take a moment to write a review following the concert!


April 10, 2010

2010 Juno Awards

Lennie will perform at JUNOFEST on Saturday, April 17 at Bridie Molloy's on George Street at 11 pm.

JunoFest wristbands on sale now at the Mile One Centre Box Office; by phone (709) 576-7657, (toll free)1-800-361-4595 or online at www.admission.com. Only a limited number of JunoFest wristbands are available. Wristbands offer fans priority entry at all JunoFest venues both nights (subject to capacity).

100+ Bands, 16 Venues, 2 Nights, 1 Wristband for $30.

www.junoawards.ca


March 9, 2010

Lennie Gallant wins his 14th East Coast Music Award!

Lennie Gallant won "Roots Recording of the Year" for If We Had A Fire. This makes a record number of awards for a solo artist! He also performed on the Gala Awards Show.

www.ecma.com


Feb 23, 2010

Lennie Gallant performs at BC Place (below), during the Olympic Victory Ceremony, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games!

Watch the performance here ( the show starts at the 4:30 minute mark).

 

More photos - click here!


 

Jan 17 , 2010

Lennie Gallant joins the line-up for Halifax for Haiti

The Halifax for Haiti benefit concert featuring Halifax-based DRUM! and an array of the region’s finest artists is confirmed for the Halifax Metro Centre, Monday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Joining DRUM!, the line-up now includes: Anna Ludlow, Bruce Guthro, Charlie A’Court, Christina Martin, Classified, Joel Plaskett, Lennie Gallant, Linda Carvery, Nova Scotia Mass Choir, Rhapsody Quintet, Scott Macmillan, Sung Ha Shin-Bouey, The Stanfields and Thom Swift. Brookes Diamond indicates there are more to come.

All tickets are $20 and go on sale at 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 19 through www.ticketatlantic.com, at the Ticket Atlantic box office, charge by phone at 451-1221 or at any of the 17 participating Atlantic Superstore outlets. Proceeds from the event will go to the Canadian Red Cross, to support their relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.


Jan 6, 2010

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games!

Lennie will be performing six shows at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games! Performing with his full band at both indoor and outdoor venues. The show on Feb 18th at BC Place, during the Olympic Victory Ceremony, will be televised internationally!

For more information, please visit the tour page of the website.


Jan 6, 2010

Ottawa and Montréal

In January, Lennie will return to Ottawa to release his 2 new albums at the National Arts Centre and in Montréal at Place des Arts. Tickets are on sale now!

Jan 19 National Arts Centre - Tickets: 613-755-1111 or ticketmaster.ca or NAC Box Office - 53 Elgin Street. English "If We Had A Fire"
Jan 20 National Arts Centre - Tickets: 613-755-1111 or ticketmaster.ca or NAC Box Office - 53 Elgin Street - French
"Le coeur hanté"
Jan 22 Place des Arts - Tickets: 514-842-2112/1-866-842-2112.
Jan 23 Place des Arts - Tickets: 514-842-2112/1-866-842-2112.

Le coeur hanté and If We Had A Fire available in stores, through the website and iTunes.


December 22, 2009

Ring in the New Year with Lennie Gallant!

Lennie will headline the big outdoor New Year's Eve concert in Grand Parade Downtown Halifax. The show begins at 10:45 pm on December 31st. Broadcast on "A" Channel from 10:45pm to 12:10am.

Satellite - Bell TV Channel 202 and Shaw Direct Channel 340
Cable - Eastlink (Halifax) Channel 7
IPTV - Bell Aliant TV (Halifax) Channel 5

Join us downtown Halifax or tune in on Television to welcome in 2010!


December 22, 2009

Lennie Gallant on Canada AM Christmas Day

On Christmas day you can enjoy Lennie's timeless Christmas song "The Innkeeper" on CTV Canada AM.

The Innkeeper was performed as a play at a cathedral in Charlottetown with a cast of 200 on Christmas Eve and is available on the When We Get There CD, as well as available for downlowd at iTunes. It will warm your heart this season!

Website: www.ctv.ca/canadaam


November 3, 2009

New French Album Released Today!

Le coeur hanté

With the opening song, Une Tempete dans Mon Coeur, the album roars out of the starting gate and holds the listener hostage with a collection of songs that will not let you go until you surrender your heart to the passion and raw emotion displayed in the music it contains . The album is called Le couer hanté and it examines love and relationships from differing points of view and speaks with many voices while doing so. From the power of a dam bursting in ones heart and the ensuing flood of things previously unsaid in the opening number, to the tender and beautiful Tu ne sais pas comment jolie tu es, the suspicions of infidelity that live in L’histoire du phantom, to the blazing relationship questions in Si on passait au feu, these songs ask us what we would save if we suddenly had to really decide what was absolutely necessary in our lives.

While many of the numbers rock out with big questions of life and love Gallant does not omit the humorous side of it all with songs like J’adore ton chapeau, a comic bilingual number he wrote with award winning songwriter Gordie Sampson (Jesus Take the Wheel). He also touches on subjects not often approached in song with the aching power ballad Rien nest perdu, where the singer refuses to let regret destroy the beautiful memories of a love that has run it’s course, and from the other side of the street, the bounty of love one can discover after fighting to stay together through thick and thin in La vie de tous les jours extraordinaire. This is an album that is sure to involve anyone listening as the subject matter moves through topics that have touched us all in some form or other in our lives and does so in ways to make us laugh, dance and cry a little bit. Let this album into your heart and it will haunt you with it’s melodies that will not be easily left behind after the final song. Le coeur hanté wants to be the ghost you can’t escape, or resist returning to again and again!

Le coeur hanté available is available in Stores, Online and at iTunes.


August 9, 2009

Full House at Folk Harbour Roars It Up For Lennie

Posted by Stephen Pedersen

Lunenburg loves Lennie and Lennie loves Lunenburg. Repeated standing ovations at his outstanding set Friday night in the Tent on Blockhouse Hill, echoed the thunder but also completely wiped away the memory of the extraordinary cloudburst and lightning storm that swept over the site minutes before the show began.

Lennie Gallant’s genius at writing and singing his own songs has given us not only classics like Peter’s Dream, And The Band Played On, and Which Way Does The River Run, but new songs on their way to the Lennie Gallant Hall of Fame.

These would include Wounded, his compassionate tribute to broken soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome in an atmosphere of our collective silence and neglect. And the poignancy of Before You Sell This Car (from his latest album If We Had A Fire). An old car is full of memories from first kisses to coffee spills that often mark the landmarks of our lives.

There is an energy in Lennie’s singing, an inner fire of Acadian French rhythms performed at blazing speeds, and also an orchestral fullness to the fat chords he pulls or strikes from his guitar.

A further sign of Lennie’s musical taste is the musicians he chooses for his bands. It’s a highly refined taste, that penetrates more often than most singer-songwriters to the inner sanctum of music’s wizardry, of it’s ability when approached with utter honesty, to penetrate the cosmos, to rip away the veil of the familiar to reveal the fabled Music of the Spheres talked about in earlier centuries.

Anthony Rissessco on violin and Jamie Alcorn on acoustic electric guitar are two veteran practitioners who, like Lennie, are at the peak of their musicality having broken through to the glory of speaking it’s language with the ease and eloquence of great poets.

Both of them stunned the audience repeatedly with their improvised solo breaks and interior fills and ornaments. Brilliant as they were, they topped it all with the kind of professional confidence and support that cleared the path for Lennie and only surged in after he had passed, like the Red Sea after the Army of Jehovah reached the far shore dry-footed.


July 28/09

New CD "If We Had A Fire" Released!


Lennie Gallant released his latest album If We Had A Fire and he claims it is his best work yet. Recorded in beautiful St Cecilia Studios on the outskirts of Halifax, the album holds 14 new Gallant songs, performed by the artist and some of the best musicians the East Coast has to offer.  “It was a pretty magical place to make music. Saint Cecelia Studios is a reconverted chapel turned studio owned by friends of mine and the welcoming  light that shone through the beautiful stained glass on many mornings made it one of the most creative and relaxing venues I ever had the chance to work in. Everyone that came to play on the project commented on the vibe of the place and the positive energy they experienced during the sessions." Gallant produced the album with Hayward Parrott, who over the years, has worked with some of the most influential people in the Canadian music industry including Gordon Lightfoot,and the great Quebecois band Harmonium. He was also the engineer on the Tears Are Not Enough session, so the list of Canadian artists he’s worked with is quite lengthy. Also on the production team was Brad Davidge, who had been acting as guitarist in Gallant’s band for almost a year, alternating with Jamie Alcorn, and has played with some of the hottest players on the planet. 

"This is the first project I’ve recorded so close to home since my debut album, Breakwater," says Gallant. “It was great to be able to use players with whom I had been on the road, or jammed with over the years, especially my main road guys Sean Kemp, Brad Davidge, Jamie Alcorn, Adam Dowling and Kim Dunn. There was a real sense of camaraderie and the creation of something special going on in the studio environment. All the songs’ basic tracks were recorded live off the floor and almost all the vocals as well so we ended up with a real honest energy on the tracks and, I think, some kind of magic that a more piece by piece structured recording would probably miss."

Gallant says he is very happy with the way the songs turned out. "We had been playing some of these in our live show for a while and were eager to get them down. Songs like Tell Me A Ghost StoryBefore We Sell This CarIf We Had A Fire, have been going over great in our concerts so we were really ready to commit them to disc. 

As usual, I ended up writing like mad up until, and during the recording, so some songs were practically born during the process as well. I think it’s cool to have that blend of tried and true and fresh outta the oven on the same album

Those who have heard the new project say they are knocked out by the dynamic energy of many of the songs and by the storytelling as well. Gallant has long been known as a killer spinner of tales in his past work, and songs like Emily’s Letters, (a song of unconditional love and a shared secret), The Ringer (a mystical tale of recapturing a lost soul), and Tonight I Drive You Home, (a heartrending story that may find MADD wanting to embrace) will more than satisfy those looking for that solid Gallant narrative and one- two punch knock out ending. 

Extraordinary Ordinary Life, recorded with Symphony Nova Scotia, is a song about couples who have stuck it out for the long hall through thick and thin, and Gallant’s moving portrait of a seemingly ordinary relationship is sure to make even the most jaded listener take a deep breath or two. Count on this one being used at many an anniversary celebration in the future.

There are lots of rockin tunes on this album as well with songs like Dance The Dark Away and The Coldest Road lending some heat and inspiration to the night.

His Song Be The Change was inspired by the words of both Mia Farrow and Mahatma Gandhi and incorporates a choir of children including Gallant’s own 5 year old daughter. The album also includes several co-writes with some fairly prestigious writers including Gordie Sampson, Troy Verges, Gerald O’Brien, and Carolyn Dawn Johnston, who also sings with Gallant on the title song. Other guest vocalists include Rose Cousins and Coco Love Alcorn. Guest musicians include Ray Legere, Dale Murray, and Isabelle Theriault for the group Ode de L’Acadie. 

There is one song though that Gallant says is his favorite co-write on the album. “I was on the road for a couple weeks and talking to my five year old daughter, Amelie, on the phone, telling her how much I missed her, when she said, 'Daddy, you re like the flowers in my heart, and I go there when you ‘re away' I said “What did you say?!! I couldn’t believe she made that up and so had to incorporate it into a song and, of course, give credit where it's due.” The song is called Flowers in My Heart,  and like so many other songs on this recording, it will surely find a place in the heart of any listener wise enough to seek out this latest offering from one of the country’s premiere songwriters.

If We Had A Fire is available in stores, through the webstore and at iTunes.

 


 

June 12/09

Gallant's Music Reaches New Heights

Lennie Gallant to release new album this summer, while his latest one is launched in space on July 15 at 6:03 pm (EDT)

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Julie Payette returns to the International Space Station aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour in June and will be bringing along Lennie Gallant's latest album When We Get There. Ms Payette chose the album for the astronaut crew of Mission STS-127 to enjoy while on their 16 day mission, which will include five spacewalks. Gallant's music has been heard around the world and will now orbit the earth.

Mission STS-127 will attach a platform to the outside of the space station's Japanese Laboratory Kibo. Science experiments will take place on this platform, allowing them to remain exposed to the harsh environment of space.

Lennie Gallant's latest album, "When We Get There" received a JUNO Award nomination. His new album "If We Had A Fire" will be released this summer.

For more information on Julie Payette and Mission STS-127, please visit http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/missions/sts-127/.