This is a show that all Canadians and music lovers should not miss. It features Multi Juno-award winners Murray McLauchlan and Barney Bentall – writers of some of the country’s classic folk tunes dating back to the 1970s. Indeed some would say they helped define the notion of folk rock. And continue to. Both still perform extensively, collaborate with each other and with other musicians. See their websites for proof. Or better yet, come to the show.
Children learn what they live. That line aptly applies to Catherine MacLellan and Nathan Rogers. Children of Canadian songwriting icons Gene MacLellan and Stan Rogers, both are now earning national and international recognition of their own right. With albums under their belts and tour schedules to make your head spin, these musicians are adding their own chapter to the Canadian songbook.
Catherine has a voice that takes you to a new place. Her grace and unabashed honestly draw you in as you feel each chord, each phrase. She has shared the stage with many Canadian artists including Bruce Cockburn, David Myles and Old Man Luedecke.
Nathan writes songs, play guitar and percussion in a wide style of sound – from roots to rock to cajun. Over the years he’s played with JP Cormier, Spirit of the West, and James Keelaghan. With several albums under their belts and tour schedules to make your head spin, these musicians are adding their own chapter to the Canadian songbook.
Many moons ago, Murray MacLauchlan gave half of his stage time to Joni Mitchell at a folk festival in Mariposa. Now, more than thirty years and hundreds of songs later, Catherine MacLellan’s style and lyrics are often compared to that powerhouse of a performer. Interesting how life comes full circle.
Make your way out – then in another thirty years you can brag to your own children you made it to the show that featured these four fine performers – all on the same stage. Thursday the show is at The Savoy in Glace Bay, Friday in Port Hawkesbury at the SAERC auditorium. Two chances, no excuses…