Harmony House summer

History lessons that are music to your ears

27 Club [photo by Buffie Boily]
27 Club [photo by Buffie Boily]

Located in Hunter River, Harmony House offers live music concerts in their theatre and fine food in their licensed downstairs lounge. The theatre recently unveiled its summer lineup of four concerts, catering to both locals and visitors alike. 

Inside American Pie will return for its fourth summer with a limited run from June 14–July 20. This unique ‘docu-concert’ dives deep into the meaning of the classic Don MacLean song, “American Pie.” Using this staple of American songwriting, Mike Ross, Alicia Toner, Brielle Ansems, Greg Gale and Kirk White take the audience on a ride through the thrill and turbulence of the 1960’s trying to explain the meaning behind the cryptic lyrics of one of the greatest songs of all time.

Also returning is The 27 Club, with performances from July 3–August 22. Harmony House investigates one of the strangest mysteries in all of rock and roll: why did so many many iconic artists of the 20th century die at aged 27? Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain and many more. Is it fame? Money? The Saturn Return? Island artists Brielle Ansems, Keziah Collie, Carlie Howell, Max Keenlyside, Mike Ross and Kirk White celebrate the music of these gone-too-soon icons and try to get to the bottom of one of rock and roll’s enduring mysteries.

The third offering, The Leonard Cohen Songbook, celebrates one of Canada’s most treasured songwritersand was chosen to return this summer after a brief run last fall which had an overwhelming response. Joining Mike Ross on stage will be the power vocals of Amanda Jackson and Brandon Howard Roy, along with PEI poet laureate Tanya Davis, Carlie Howell on bass, and young up-and-coming percussionist Garrett Sherwood. In Harmony House’s unique interpretive style, they will be looking at the Cohen catalogue from his early days in Greece all the way until his last years, in an experience that will bring the soul of Leonard Cohen alive. Performances will run from July 31–September 12.

Finally, the fourth summer concert will feature the world premiere of Ladies of the Canyon, created by Alicia Toner and Mike Ross. Joni Mitchell, Mama Cass, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Carole King, The Eagles—these are just a handful of the extraordinary songwriters who took up residence in the legendary neighbourhood of Laurel Canyon in California. Located just outside Los Angeles, this artist commune created a musical alchemy that birthed some of the greatest songs and artists of the 20th century. Four of Atlantic Canada’s most electric artists—Brielle Ansems, Joce Reyome, Alicia Toner and Keelin Wedge—will tell the story of this time in music history and celebrate the songs that came out of Laurel Canyon. Performances will run from August 28–September 28.

Tickets can be purchased at harmonyhousepei.com, ticketpro.ca, or by calling Ticketpro at 1-888-311-9090.