P.E.I. songwriters spellbind audience

Sally Cole
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P.E.I.'s Tim Chaisson, right performs at the Warner Music Canada Roots Room Friday night in the ballroom of the Delta Prince Edward. Accompanying him were Tian Wigmore and Koady Chaisson, not shown.

Prince Edward Island has some gifted songwriters.

And their talents were evident last night on the Music P.E.I. Stage at The Guild in Charlottetown.

Whether it was the stellar performance by Meaghan Blanchard of Watching the Dandelions Grow or John MacPhee’s creativity in adding mouth guitar/percussion to his extraordinary song, Traveling or Irish Mythen’s stirring song, Gypsy Dancer, the music was captivating.

While some artists performed songs from their CDs, others used the songwriters’ platform to showcase new material.

Catherine MacLellan, who sang a freshly-penned work, Time Capsule, also told the story behind it.

“I have this memory of my friend Tanya and I had this project to do for school. It was to make a time capsule. So we actually went home and made our own time capsules and filled them with things like names of boys and then, instead of burying them in the ground, we put it under the shed,” said MacLellan. “Then, every couple of days we’d change what we had in there, as our interest in boys changed. When my dad (Gene MacLellan) saw what we were doing, he got excited and thought maybe he would make a time capsule, so he did.

“He put stuff in it and buried it somewhere. I have no idea where. But he’s been gone for 19 years and it just occurred to me that there’s a time capsule buried somewhere that maybe has something good in it. Or maybe, like me, it’s filled with (people’s) names.”

Tim Chaisson performed a lovely new composition, Under the Cajun Moon, inspired by the Acadian Deportation.

The Music P.E.I. Stage continues today at The Guild.

From noon-4:30 p.m. it’s Jamie McSwain, Barry O’Brien, Kelley Mooney, Atta Boy, Peter Forbes, Plain Dirty Blues Band, Johnny Oliver B  and Violet White.

Then, starting at 8 p.m. it’s Larque, Jordan Cameron, Teresa Doyle, Dennis Ellsworth and The Dwellers, Amy & Rachel Beck, Chas Guay, Ten Strings and A Goat Skin and Old Stone Station.

Organizations: The Guild

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown

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