McDermott coming to Mabou

MABOU: It’s hard to find too many people who haven’t heard of John McDermott but, on November 3, locals will have an opportunity to hear the man himself.

That night, the legendary Scottish-Canadian balladeer will visit the Strathspey Performing Arts Centre at 7:30 p.m.

“I’m looking forward to it,” the singer told The Reporter. “We’re getting into communities across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI, and this is a great time to travel. We’ll be getting the tail end of the season, but it’ll still be nice.

“Between me and my musical director, we’ll sit down and take a look at when we were there last and make sure we don’t bore everybody with the same thing again. We have a bunch of new stuff we’ve put together, so it’s a combination of what people are waiting to hear and some new stuff that hopefully they’ll like.”

McDermott has played across Nova Scotia in the past, but this will be his first time appearing at Strathspey. Thought new to the area, he said he’s heard wonderful things about the facility. He and Strathspey’s executive director Tracey MacNeil have been friends, in the singer’s words, “forever.”

The November 3 concert will be McDermott’s only appearance in the four local counties during his tour’s Nova Scotia leg. The Mabou show will mark McDermott’s third concert in a tour that runs hard for all November and much of December.

Raised on Songs and Stories is McDermott’s latest release, and it dropped last Christmas.

He said he’s hoping the Mabou audience enjoys his upcoming performance.

Tickets are available by phoning the Strathspey box office at 902-945-5300.