Musician with Truro ties excited to perform on ‘second home’ stage

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TRURO – Eleanor McCain is finally performing for her friends and family here, a place she calls her
“second home.”

Eleanor McCain, who calls Truro her second home, and Matt Dusk are set to perform on the Marigold Cultural Centre on April 6 with the ‘Maritime Swing Tour.’ The performance, which begins at 2 p.m., will feature an 18-piece band with Dusk’s jazz background and McCain’s Celtic background. They’ll perform songs from McCain’s new album, Runaway. Photo by Rob Swyrd Photography

McCain will perform at the Marigold Cultural Centre with Matt Dusk on April 6 at 2 p.m.

“I spent a lot of time in Truro, a lot of time,” said McCain, whose mother, Margaret Norrie McCain, grew up in Truro. Her grandmother is Margaret Fawcett Norrie. “My uncle still has a place in Shortts Lake, where I spent many summers. The last time I was in the area was about two summers ago, for a Norrie family reunion.”

McCain, who lives in Toronto now, says performing in Truro is “very much like coming home.”

“When I look at Truro, I still love it,” she said, adding she loves the whoopee pies from the Brookfield Bakery and hopes to take Dusk there during their visit.

While McCain has never performed in the area other than singing at a cousin’s wedding, she said she’s excited to be on the Marigold stage.

“The Marigold had approached me actually, and I was so excited to do that. Mom’s definitely coming and I think both of my uncles.”

During the stop in Truro, McCain will be promoting her new album, Runaway, featuring classic and contemporary love songs produced by Dusk and orchestrated and co-produced by Shelly Berger.

“Matt and I had been friends for a long time – about 10 years or so. We got together about a year ago and I told him my idea of a love songs CD,” McCain said.

Dusk offered to produce the album for McCain.

“Matt is a great musician, a wonderful performer and an amazing producer. Throughout the production process, he’s been a great mentor to me and I’ve learned a lot from him.”

Dusk last performed in Halifax this past summer and is looking forward to the stop in Truro.

“The Marigold is a beautiful theatre,” he said. “I’m looking forward to having some fun, singing some songs and getting the audience involved. I haven’t really done a double bill like this before. I’ll get to do half the work but have double the fun.”

With Dusk’s jazz background and McCain’s Celtic background, McCain is calling the tour the ‘Maritime Swing Tour.’ Along with Truro, the duo, as well as an 18-piece band, will be stopping in Halifax and two locations in New Brunswick.

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Twitter: @TDNRaissa

Organizations: Marigold Cultural Centre, Brookfield Bakery

Geographic location: Truro, Shortts Lake, Toronto Halifax New Brunswick

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