Lennie Gallant start off Granville Green concert series

Lennie Gallant

By Corrine MacLean


PORT HAWKESBURY: Granville Green’s summer concert series will begin this Sunday at 7 p.m.

Canadian singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant will be playing, with special guests Celtic sisters Cassie and Maggie MacDonald. Both Gallant and the sisters will bring their musical talents to the outdoor stage. The concert is free to attend.

Gallant recently won the 2017 East Coast Music Awards Entertainer of the Year. He is originally from PEI, and has travelled across Canada and beyond. He’s played for troops in Kandahar and at the Winter Olympics. Port Hawkesbury is a frequent stop for Gallant, who performed at SAERC last year. He will be bringing his mixture of folk, Celtic, country and rock song-writing talents once again.

“I’m really looking forward to coming back again,” Gallant said. “It’s really great the community can come together and do this every year, especially since it’s open to everyone.”

He travels with his band, which includes relatives Jeremy Gallant on keyboard and Patricia Richard on mandolin and bodhran. There’s also Sean Kemp with the fiddle and Jonathan Gallant on drums/cajon. Lennie himself will be playing guitar.

“We’ve been travelling together for a while now,” Gallant said, talking about his bandmates. “We really like to perform together.”

Gallant’s album “Time Travel” is coming out later this summer, and after the show he will be going across Canada, to Halifax, PEI and Alberta.

“I’ve been to a lot places, but I really enjoy coming here,” he said.

To find out more information, such as tour dates, visit Gallant’s official website: www.lenniegallant.com/.

Special guests Cassie and Maggie are originally from Halifax. They will perform their blend of traditional and original Celtic music on fiddle, guitar and piano for the show. These all are accompanied with vocals in both English and Gaelic, along with their step dancing.

Cassie and Maggie have won (and were nominated for) several achievements, such as Canadian Folk Music Traditional Album of the year. They take inspiration from their family.

“We’re so excited!” they said about the concert, “Granville Green will be our last East Coast show before we start a three month summer tour. When we were little girls our parents would always take us to the concerts, I remember seeing our cousins Kendra, Troy and Sabra MacGillivray play as well when Maggie and I were just learning to play, so it’s very exciting to be playing this series ourselves!”

The sisters performed in Port Hawkesbury for the past few years. They played at the Civic Centre for the summer cèilidhs, traditional Scottish or Irish gatherings. For the rest of the summer they’ll be headed to Norway, and then across the states and Western Canada after the show.

For more information on Cassie and Maggie, they also have their own official website: www.cassieandmaggie.com/.