Catherine MacLellan will release her seventh album, Coyote, on October 11 with a launch concert at College of Piping, Summerside.
Coyote contains 14 songs that are reflective, heartbreaking and hopeful. They were all recorded and produced by Catherine at her home studio in PEI. “It’s a dream home, a big old farm house with a long history of music. In the early days, there were big kitchen parties here, with someone always rocking the piano and people square dancing. When I moved here, I really got the sense the house wanted things to be happening here, and music to be played.”
Coyote adds some of that traditional East Coast instrumentation of accordions, fiddles and bouzouki. The songs touch on themes of change, vulnerability, and letting yourself be seen; the good, the bad, the pretty, and the ugly.
For the past four years Catherine set aside her own songwriting to celebrate the life and legacy of her late father, Gene MacLellan. During this time, she recorded and released the album, If It’s Alright With You: The Songs of Gene MacLellan; produced a stage show by the same name; and an award winning documentary, The Song and the Sorrow—all in tribute to him. Gene MacLellan is recognized as one of Canada’s most celebrated songwriters with worldwide hits including Snowbird, made famous by Anne Murray, and Put Your Hand in the Hand, by Ocean.
Catherine MacLellan released Dark Dream Midnight, her first solo album, in 2004. And in 2015 she took home a JUNO Award for her album, The Raven’s Sun. This was an intimate look into her musical work with long-time collaborator, Chris Gauthier. Catherine has also been recognized with multiple East Coast Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Music PEI Awards.
Says Catherine, “Perhaps we don’t have the same story but we all share the same emotions and many of the same experiences. Being able to share my songs and stories with people and finding that connection point is what it’s all about for me.”
Musicians contributing to Coyote include Chris Gauthier, acoustic and electric guitars, Remi Arsenault, bass, Clare MacDonald, drums, Reg Ballagh, drums (track 3), Mark Westberg, electric and acoustic guitar, vocals, percussion, Pastelle LeBlanc, accordion, Emmanuelle LeBlanc, bodhran, Pascal Miousse, fiddle, Karine Gallant, fiddle, Nathalie Williams Calhoun, cello, Darren McMullen, bouzouki.
The album was engineered by Mark Westberg, Chris Gauthier, Remi Arsenault, Adam Gallant, Catherine MacLellan; mixed by Mark Westberg; mastered by: David Travers-Smith; and produced by Catherine MacLellan
Cover painting is by Heather Millar and graphic design is by Jason Aylward.