Songs of Gene MacLellan

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

The brand new show, Catherine MacLellan: The Songs of Gene MacLellan, will make its world premiere at Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside this summer with eight performances across July and August.

Daughter of the legendary songwriter, Catherine is set to re-embark on a series of shows featuring the songs of her father. Part concert, part memoir, the show will be both moving and uplifting. Catherine will be singing songs ranging from country to pop to gospel and will be backed by a band of acclaimed musicians.

Gene MacLellan, 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.” 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 says, “I’m so thrilled to be coming back home to the Harbourfront Theatre, especially to sing my father’s songs, tell his story and bring a piece of PEI history back into the spotlight.”

Catherine 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. She makes her home in PEI and much of her music reflects the landscape of the Island. Her music takes listeners through struggles, triumphs and the joy of life. Catherine released an album, in tribute to her father, as well as produced a stage show and an award-winning documentary that has shone a light on his life, success and struggles with mental health.

Catherine MacLellan: The Songs of Gene MacLellan will be performed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays July 4, 5, 18 and 19, and August 1, 2, 22 and 23. All performances start at 7:30 pm.