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Claire Lynch Band at Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside Thursday

Claire Lynch Band
Claire Lynch Band

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – Long recognized as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch has had a career decorated with many accolades including three Grammy nominations.

She and her band will make their first appearance at Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Lynch’s accolades also include six International Bluegrass Music Association awards and the prestigious United States Artists Walker Fellowship, as well as membership in the Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

Country music legend, Dolly Parton, credits Lynch with “one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today.”

Lynch’s harmonies have graced the recordings of many stellar musicians, including Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Pam Tillis, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea and Ralph Stanley. Equally gifted as a writer, her songs have been recorded by Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, The Whites and many others.

Blazing her own trail in the mid 1970s when there were few role models for young women in the genre, Lynch made history when she led the Front Porch String Band which evolved in the ‘80s and ‘90s into “one of the sharpest and most exciting post-modern bluegrass bands on the circuit.”

She formed her own Claire Lynch Band in 2005 and has since consistently been a top pick of prestigious publications, critics and audiences across the U.S. and beyond. has listed Claire as "One of the 10 Best Angelic Voices of Our Time." She has shared that honour with such luminaries as Judy Collins, Alison Krauss, Sarah McLachlan, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris.

Opening the show will be well-known P.E.I. artists Katie McGarry and Dan Currie.

P.E.I. artists Katie McGarry and Dan Currie

Singer-songwriter McGarry can write a real, aching heartbreak song. She has a country/Americana feel to her music and a timeless voice that washes over her catchy melodies and sincere lyrics. Her last album, “Waiting On,” received four 2015 Music P.E.I. award nominations, including Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year and she took home the award for Country Recording of the Year at the annual Music P.E.I. Country Jubilee.

She was also one of six finalists in the 2015 Canadian Country Music Association's Discovery Atlantic Program. Plans are in the works for a new recording from McGarry in 2018.

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