Catherine MacLellan: The Songs of Gene MacLellan
Juno award-winner Catherine MacLellan returns to Summerside’s Harbourfront Theatre with The Songs of Gene MacLellan. Daughter of the legendary songwriter, Catherine is set to re-embark on a series of shows featuring the songs of her father. Gene came to fame in 1970 with the smash hit “Snowbird” and in 1971 with “Put Your Hand in the Hand.” And though he tried out the spotlight, it was his songs that became famous. First by Anne Murray and Ocean and then covered by hundreds of other artists including Elvis, Joan Baez, Bing Crosby and Loretta Lynn. Gene died in 1995, when Catherine was just a teenager. Ever since, she has been searching for him. He was a man known to many but few really knew him. The myths and errors surrounding the details of his life are numerous, and with this show Catherine hopes to shed some light on who he was and to celebrate the treasure trove of songs he left behind. A follow up to her 2017 show and album If It’s Alright with You, this show is an inspirational tale of a shy, working-class Islander who ended up having his music cover the globe. Catherine will be singing songs ranging from country to pop to gospel, and backed by a live band.