After many summers spent touring the continent, Lennie Gallant has enjoyed the golden season on the Island this year.
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Sean Kemp, left, and Lennie Gallant strike a chord during a song from Gallant’s storytelling and song hybrid Searching for Abegweit at The Mack. The hit Charlottetown Festival show has been extended for two more weeks.
Now his stay is getting a little longer, with the extension of the hugely popular Charlottetown Festival show, Searching for Abegweit: The Island Songs & Storiesof Lennie Gallant for two extra weeks.
For those who missed the production, there are now nine added performances. After sold out shows all summer, Searching for Abegweit will play Sept. 1 to 4, and 9 to 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the centre’s cabaret theatre, The Mack.
“I am thrilled that my show has received the kind of response it has,” says Gallant from his home in Rustico, P.E.I. “The show seems to have touched a chord for a lot of people in a way that has taken me by surprise; we are all having a blast every night on stage.”
This love letter to the red isle stars Gallant himself, and weaves his high-energy roots, folk, and rock music among comedic stories, Island legends, and projections of visual works from artist and sibling, Karen Gallant.
This show includes Gallant favourites such as ‘Peter's Dream,' ‘Tales of the Phantom Ship’, and ‘Island Clay', as well as new Island-themed songs written especially for the show.
Searching for Abegweit features a stacked cast of collaborators, including Caroline Bernard (Come-All-Ye, ‘Les Girls’) on voice and accordion, and Gallant’s own nephews, Jeremy and Jonathan Gallant, on keys and percussion and guitars, respectively. Long-time fiddler and side-man Sean Kemp rounds out this stellar ensemble, with direction from two-time Gemini award-winner Jac Gautreau.
Tickets for the 38th Annual Maud Whitmore Benefit Concert are available at the Confederation Centre Box Office, toll-free at 1(800) 565-0278, in person, or at charlottetownfestival.com.