NORTH RUSTICO – Watermark Theatre is presenting a spring concert, “Dreamin’ of Spring,” on March 16 featuring two dynamic East Coast artists, P.E.I.’s Meaghan Blanchard and Gabrielle Papillon of Nova Scotia.
Blanchard and Papillon came together in 2017 as part of a Music P.E.I. songwriting project. Their pairing created a magic that the two felt so strongly about, they created a songwriting duo that continues on. They will each perform solo sets and then sing a couple of their co-written songs.
Originally from Hunter River, multiple ECMA and Music P.E.I. award winning Blanchard has spent her entire young adult life touring and recording her self-penned songs, spreading her music across Canada, the UK and the USA. It was in the spring of 2016 that Meaghan, after realizing how out of balance she was feeling, made one of the best creative decisions of her career.
She slowed down her touring schedule, packed up her things and moved to a little cottage in Mill River. There she wrote her new collection of songs for the upcoming 2018 release "The Great Escape". This album captures Meaghan's 27th year: a year of love, belonging and deep heartache. "The Great Escape" was produced by Jim Bryson, in 2017 and will be released in the spring of 2018.
“When you come to your knees / when you hold what you need / you will know what to keep,” sings Papillon near the end of her sixth, most adventurous album.
Hear it as a promise, hear it as a mantra, hear it as a weary warning from someone who’s been there – the sweeping “Keep the Fire” album is packed full of thoughts like this: wise and poignant, empathetic and understanding, open to interpretation. Papillon’s music, too, is open to interpretation, though it remains rooted in folk strumming and gentle vocal phrasings. On “Keep the Fire” she has embraced her pop leanings and pushed them to the forefront.
Her awards include 2015 Music Nova Scotia Recording of the Year.
Desserts will be served at intermission provided by creative North Rustico caterers, The Yellow House. Doors open at 7 p.m. for Friday’s show starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22. To buy tickets go to www.ticketwizard.ca. Ticket includes intermission desserts.
The concert is presented in partnership with sponsor North Rustico Home Hardware Building Centre.
Snow date is Sunday, March 18.