Lennie Gallant is on the hunt for photos of country stores.
One of the songs in his new show “Searching For Abegweit” playing all summer at the Mack in Charlottetown, is about country stores on the Island and the role they played in their respective communities. As the show is multimedia, Gallant hopes to create a visual collage of village stores from across the Island, on a background screen while he and the band perform the new song.
If anyone has access to a store photo from their community or any other, Gallant is asking if a digital photo could be taken of it and sent in to be added to the collection. The photos do not have to be professional, notes Gallant, and “even a good iPhone photo without glare would suffice, if necessary.”
Anyone sending a photo in should name the village the store is from, and if the photographer is named he/she will be mentioned in the credits, if the donor wishes. The photographer’s name is not necessary, however.
The show “Searching For Abegweit" is described as a “musical patchwork quilt of Gallant's songs and stories about, or set on P.E.I.” The show will showcase some of his Island classics like “Island Clay,” “Tales of the Phantom Ship,” and “Peter's Dream,” along with a number of new songs he has written specifically for the show.
Shows are already selling out, so anyone intending to check it out are advised to book their tickets early.
Photographs of Island country stores should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.