Singer-songwriter looking forward to performance at her ‘old stomping grounds'
TRURO - Cheryl Gaudet can't remember a time when she wasn't encompassed by music.
Cherly Gaudet, who spent many of her childhood years in Truro and surrounding area, is set to perform for the first time at the Marigold Cultural Centre on Friday. The show features Geoff Arsenault and Brian Bourne, and starts at 7:30 p.m.
"My brothers were into music when I was a kid. I was born in 1963, and that was just a hot bed of great songwriters," said Gaudet, who is performing her first "official" show in Truro on Friday at the Marigold Cultural Centre. "My brothers fed me that stuff."
Over the years at East Court and Valley elementary schools, followed by Truro Junior High School, Gaudet made music a part of her. Her love started when she was in Grade 2 in Greenwood.
"Chella Henderson recognized and nurtured my love of music," said the singer-songwriter, who has three albums out. "She taught me how to play the ukulele and I graduated to guitar at age eight."
When she was heading into Grade 5, Gaudet's family moved to Truro and she met Ken Henderson, a teacher at East Court Elementary. Halfway through the school year, the family moved again, this time transferring Gaudet to the Valley school where Anne Marie Dino took over, encouraging Gaudet's creativity.
"She and Ron (Fougere) just surrounded me with support at that age. They taught me so much. They gave me so much confidence in myself so early."
When she was in junior high, Gaudet, who spends half the year now living and performing in Mexico, was the guitarist in the school's Glee Club, she had her own guitar club and was in a ‘girl band.' She also performed in the Catholic church choir with both Fougere and Dino.
"I love the interaction with the audience," she said, noting she also loves the feeling she gets when watching others perform.
"I wanted to give back that feeling. It's that connectedness I think. It's just indescribable joy. I love listening to someone performing something they've created."
While Gaudet was scheduled to perform at the Marigold a few years ago, that concert never went ahead.
"But I've always wanted to come back - it's my old stomping grounds. I know it's a beautiful theatre and my sisters are still there."
Joining her for the performance will be Brian Bourne of Rawlins Cross fame and Geoff Arsenault, who has played with the likes of Bill Stevenson and Rita MacNeil.
"The two of them are the choice rhythm section for anybody," said Gaudet, adding both men have released solo albums. "I've always wanted to do a shared collaboration with them."
She said the Marigold show will be the fourth and final show in Nova Scotia with the three musicians, who take turns sharing their songs and backing each other up, before she heads to Mexico.
"The audience in Mexico is from all walks of life," she said. "There is a vast turnover of people and they come from all backgrounds and musical tastes. They are very appreciative.
"There's a constant freshness."
For more information on Gaudet's performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m., contact the Marigold at 897-4004 or marigoldcentre.ca.