SEARCHING FOR ABEGWEIT
The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant
Fri, Nov 3 at 7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00pm)
The hit musical employs a 12 x 20 ft screen on which images are constantly in motion behind some of the East Coast’s most talented bilingual musicians. In addition to Gallant, the show features violin virtuoso, Sean Kemp, the wonderful Acadian singer/instrumentalist, Patricia Richard, his dynamic nephews, Jonathan Gallant on vocals/percussion and Jeremy Gallant on vocals/piano, along with appearances from Mi’kmaw singer, Hubert Francis.
When the Mi’kmaw originally named the Island, Abegweit - which loosely translated means 'cradled on the waves' - there was a legend that came with it. They say the Great Spirit Glooscap took all the most beautiful colors of the world, mixed them together, and then used them to paint the Island into existence. In Searching for Abegweit, this legend is brought to life as Karen Gallant has taken all the most beautiful colors of the island and incorporated them into her paintings, which are showcased with Gallant's songs and stories to add a spectacular new dimension to his works. The show touches on legends, landscape, history, current events, tall tales, poignant stories, and hilarious comedic scenes in a unique and vibrant way.
Lennie Gallant is a native of Rustico, Prince Edward Island. This renowned Canadian singer-songwriter, international touring artist and Order of Canada recipient has recorded eleven albums (nine mostly in English and two in French), which have won him a host of awards and nominations including 2017 East Coast Music Award Entertainer of the Year and the Folk Recording of the Year for his double CD, Searching For Abegweit. Over 30 artists have recorded his songs, including Measha Bruggergosman, Ode de L’Acadie, The Rankins and Jimmy Buffet and his songs have appeared in feature films, television series, and numerous theatrical productions.
Here are just a few audience testimonials:
‘It was amazing! Enjoyed it tremendously!’ Carol MacKillo
‘By far the best show I’ve seen in a very long time!’ Cheryl Reid
'This is such a magnificent show! I heartily recommend it to everyone’ Lynn Ellsworth
'So much energy. I don’t know how you do it!’ Julie Auld Hipson
'It celebrates PEI , but also captures what it means to be Canadian and carries a universal message’ Suna Houghton
'Hte de le revoir’ Alice Emond
'Loved the music and the paintings were awesome!' Janet Doiron
’The highlight of our vacation!’ Gayle Bridger
'A work of art and a work of heart’ Margie Carmichael