Catherine Maclellan performs The Songs of Gene MacLellan
There are skillful tributes and heartfelt homages, and then there’s If It’s Alright With You: The Songs of Gene MacLellan, which finds Juno Award winner Catherine MacLellan covering songs by her legendary late father, with a magnificence only blood ties can summon. For two decades, Gene quietly commanded the ears of the world from his Prince Edward Island home, as artists including Anne Murray, Elvis Presley, and Loretta Lynn turned his compositions into worldwide chart-toppers and repertoire standards. Catherine MacLellan has long explored her father’s catalogue in tangential ways, while establishing herself as a peerless musician all her own. But fully embracing the musical heirloom that is her birthright wasn’t an imperative – until now. Enter the alternately melancholic and jubilant but unfailingly captivating If It’s Alright With You: The Songs of Gene MacLellan, destined to bring these homespun chestnuts to a whole new audience. The discovery has been bittersweet; MacLellan lost her father in 1995 while still in her mid-teens. Yet her readings of his inimitable songs have unearthed a joy in this legacy project like no other.
Friday January 19th
Wilmot United Church
Doors 7:00 pm/Show 8:00 pm
Supported by Bob Mersereau