POOLES CORNER - The Egg Farmers of Prince Edward Island Close to the Ground Concert Series continues Thursday, Sept. 13, 8 p.m., at Kaylee Hall, Pooles Corner.
This week hosts Fiddlers' Sons and Keelin Wedge welcome acclaimed Prince Edward Island singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant.
A native of the Acadian village of Rustico, Gallant has recorded 12 albums, which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the Junos, the East Coast Music Awards and Les Prix Eloizes. He is the 2017 East Coast Music Awards Entertainer of the Year and won the 2017 ECMA Folk Recording of the Year for his album, "Searching for Abegweit".
Over 30 artists have recorded his songs, including Measha Bruggergosman, Ode de L’Acadie, The Rankins and Jimmy Buffet.
His songs have also appeared in feature films, television series and numerous theatrical productions.
Gallant hosted four seasons of his runaway multimedia hit musical, “Searching For Abegweit -The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant”.
The production ran for 120 mostly sold-out shows in Charlottetown. He has also created a double CD of 22 songs from that production.
Many of the show’s visual images appear in the book, “Peter’s Dream”, a collaboration with sibling visual artist Karen Gallant that showcases 52 of her paintings paired up with his songs.
A recipient of the Order of Canada, Gallant is an international touring artist who has represented Canada on songwriter events in Nashville, London and Texas, entertained troops in Kandahar, performed at Canada Day events in Washington and London and took the stage at the Winter Olympics.
This past spring Gallant was recognized by Gov. Gen. Julie Payette for his CD, “When We Get There”, which orbited Earth with her on the International Space Station about 250 times.
He also appeared in “A Blessing From The Sea”, a movie by Adam Perry starring Bryde MacLean, Lennie MacPherson, Joel Thomas Hynes and Jonathan Torrens.
Now, after nine years he has released his first studio album titled "Time Travel". He and members of his band will perform songs from the new recording along with popular selections from his extensive repertoire at Kaylee Hall.
The Kaylee Hall is located at the intersection of routes 3 and 4 near Montague. There will be a 50/50 draw, canteen service and CDs and books available for purchase from the performers. Admission is cash at the door.