Award-Winning and Critically-Acclaimed Prince Edward Island Folk Acoustic Singer-Songwriter Catherine MacLellan joined us on the Crow Stage last night (February 5, 2019) for our 13th installment of The Crow Sessions. Catherine previewed songs from her about-to-be-released 7th album Coyote, in addition to playing music from her back catalogue. .
If you’re not familiar with The Crow Sessions, the night runs as follows: Guests arrive at 5:30pm and are seated for dinner. Crow. Bar & Variety chef Shaun Edmonstone prepares a delicious locally sourced 3 course menu for the evening and guests enjoy dinner and conversation with friends by candlelight from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.
Once dinner is complete and dishes have been cleared (to ensure maximum intimacy), host and emcee Jeff Woods welcomes the performer (in this case Catherine) to the Crow stage. The evening has the intimacy of a house concert but with professional stage, sound & lights.
Catherine MacLellan performed in her beautiful voice and spoke candidly between songs about her life, including break-ups, finding new love, the loss of a parent in her legendary songwriting father Gene MacLellan and performed a few of his songs to us including a slowed-down version of “Snowbird”. She said of her father “he wrote so many beautiful sad songs and this one is so delightfully sad, I love it”.
After a 45-minute set, there is a short intermission followed by an on-stage Q&A with legendary radio personality Jeff Woods. Jeff has been at the center of conversation surrounding music for 30+ years and has interviewed some of the biggest names in music including: David Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, Metallica and many many more.
Jeff has a true talent for putting the artist at ease and the conversation feels more like two friends chatting then like an “interview”. As an audience member it’s a lovely way to really get to know the performer, to hear their personal stories, discover what they have experienced and how it has affected their body of work. It’s a truly special part of the evening.
After the Q&A, Catherine performed a second set of music. At this point in the evening we have all laughed and cried along with her so the second set feels even more intimate than the first. Catherine is a humorous (once referring to herself as the “queen of aukward banter”), passionate and beautifully voiced performer and like her father a true national treasure. We hope to see her back again soon!
We invite you to join us for our next Crow Sessions including: Ron Hawkins on February 19, Lee Harvey Osmond on March 19 and Jason Collett on April 2nd.
Tickets available here: https://www.crowvariety.ca/crow-sessions
All photos by Nick Harding