Keeping himself busy

Lennie Gallant’s Christmas tour ends a dynamic year

Lennie Gallant (right) with Jimmy Buffet in the Shrimp Boat Studio

With a dozen dates around the Maritimes, Lennie Gallant’s Christmas tour is coming to PEI this month. His festive multimedia show The Innkeeper’s Christmas returns to Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside on December 2 and Confederation Centre in Charlottetown on December 21. The show is full of traditional and original Christmas songs, tales, laughs, and a few surprises that will put the audience in a Yuletide state of mind. Gallant will be joined on stage with his three-piece band, including Patricia Richard.

In the lead-up to these holiday shows, Gallant’s recent months have been marked by a whirlwind of artistic endeavors. 

Despite a busy 2023 tour schedule, he collaborated with partner Patricia Richard on the Sirène et Matelot francophone album Un monde de dissonances. Launched in September, the album’s last single was at the top of the Acadian charts for five weeks.

Gallant also played a role in Jimmy Buffett’s posthumous album, Equal Strain On All Parts. Buffett contacted Gallant about a year ago to help him out on writing a couple songs and then, to Gallant’s surprise, flew him down to Key West to sing on both of them. Gallant is a featured vocalist on the song “Portugal or PEI.” 

“I was the last person to sing in the legendary Shrimp Boat Studio before they were tearing it apart! Jimmy was undergoing treatment for something he didn’t ever talk about,” says Gallant, “but his energy was very positive.” Reflecting on this time, Gallant shared, “It was an amazing experience. Such a great energy from Jimmy, Mac, and crew, and a beautiful part of the world.”

Gallant’s song and YouTube video for “On The Minnehaha,” celebrating Kirsten Neauchaffer’s solo sail race victory, has gained worldwide recognition. Kirsten, named the 2023 Top Sailor by Rolex, spent a year on PEI, forming connections that inspired the song, now among the top five most played on Radio Margaritaville, and boasting 3 million weekly listeners.

All ticket info for the Christmas tour and more at lenniegallant.com.