Songs of Gene MacLellan

Catherine MacLellan’s concert/memoir at Harbourfront

A brand new show, Catherine MacLellan: The Songs of Gene MacLellan, will make its world premiere at Summerside’s Harbourfront Theatre this summer with performances on select Tuesday and Wednesday evenings through July and August.

Catherine MacLellan [photo: Dave-Brosha]
Catherine MacLellan [photo: Dave-Brosha]

Catherine MacLellan is a JUNO-Award winner, ECMA songwriter of the year, and has released seven albums over the past 20 years while touring around the world. This summer she is set to re-embark on a series of shows featuring the songs of her father, Gene MacLellan. Part concert, part memoir, the show will feature songs ranging from country to pop to gospel. Catherine will be backed by a band of acclaimed musicians.

Gene, one of Canada’s most recognized and celebrated songwriters across the world, came to fame in 1970 with the smash hit “Snowbird” and in 1971 with “Put Your Hand in the Hand.” Though he tried to stay out of the spotlight, his songs became famous; first by Anne Murray and Ocean, and then covered by hundreds of 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 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.