Two times the fun with Tomato/Tomato

Sally Cole
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Folk duo Tomato/Tomato will perform at The Mack in Charlottetown on Saturday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. The group is comprised of John and Lisa McLaggan of Saint John, N.B.

ECMA nominated duo to perform at The Mack in Charlottetown on Feb. 20

Music lovers are in for a treat next weekend.

That’s because Tomato/ Tomato, an ECMA-nominated group, is touching down in Charlottetown for one night only, Feb. 20, at The Mack at 7:30 p.m.

The high-energy folk duo is comprised of husband and wife team John and Lisa McLaggan of Saint John, N.B.

Many music enthusiasts will remember the couple’s debut at the Festival of Small Halls this past June, when they performed at Tracadie Community Centre and Long Creek Baptist Church. If not, one can quickly be inspired by their music by watching their video, Toss It All Away, on YouTube.

Featuring Lisa on washboard and vocals and John on vocals and guitar, it’s a lively, toe-tapping song that makes the listener want to hear more.

With Lisa’s cotton floral dress with the Peter Pan collar and John’s red plaid shirt, these artists evoke the feeling that they are from an earlier time, which adds another layer of excitement to their music.

“We play a mix of old-time bluegrass, blues as well as stuff that’s a little bit jazzy,” says John, during a telephone interview.

“It’s really high-energy, especially for a duo. I play the guitar and sing. Lisa sings, plays wash board, bass drum and tambourine, all at once, so we have a lot going on.”

Another thing they have going on is a new album. Their 11-track CD, “I Go Where You Go”, will be released in the spring. One of the tracks, Ain’t Dead Yet, is set to be the first single.

“We’re feeling great about the album. We’ve finished the recording. Now we’re mixing and getting all the promo stuff in line,” says John.

Lisa hopes the new album will increase their visibility.

“As musicians, your goal is to grow between projects. And I think that our next record will show some of our growth and evolution over the last year and a half. Our listeners and fans will hear a great difference from our last album.”

“For the Charlottetown show, we’re looking forward to playing everything on that album,” says Lisa, who is also looking forward to engaging the audience.

“We will be encouraging everyone to clap their hands, stamp their feet and sing along with us. We want everyone to have a good time at our concert.”


Sally Cole is an entertainment writer with The Guardian. She welcomes comments about her column as well as suggestions for future columns from readers. She may be reached at or by phone at 902-629-6000, ext. 6054.


Fast facts

- Tomato/Tomato took its name from the lyrics of Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, a song written by George and Ira Gershwin for the 1937 film, “Shall We Dance”.

- Tickets to the Charlottetown show are available at the Confederation Centre box office or by calling 902-566-1267 or online at

- To watch the video, go to

- For more information on Tomato/Tomato, go to

Organizations: The Mack, Tracadie Community Centre, Long Creek Baptist Church The Guardian

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Saint John

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