In ‘Searching for Abegweit,’ Gallant tells comedic stories and local legends from the island he calls home through his music, images and videos. During the show, artwork and videos are shown on a 20-foot screen to create a visual aide for the stories in his songs.
TRURO, N.S. – A P.E.I. musician is spreading the islander spirit by sharing a musical love letter to his homeland with the people of Truro.
After three years, Lennie Gallant is taking his show ‘Searching for Abegweit’ on the road and will be performing at the Marigold Cultural Centre on Sept. 20.
The show is on its fourth season and serves as a musical love letter to the tiny East Coast island he calls home.
“I like to think of it as a patchwork quilt of all things East Coast, and in particular Prince Edward Island,” said Lennie.
“I started doing the show three years ago thinking we would run it for one summer on P.E.I., but we did 61 shows that summer, and they were all sold out. It has been successful far beyond my expectations.”
‘Searching for Abegweit’ is a multimedia production, which marries Gallant’s music with the artwork of his sister, Karen Gallant, to create a musical and visual representation of P.E.I.’s favourite legends and stories.
“The show has elements of East Coast legends and historical stuff about how people ended up here,” said Gallant.
“One of the legends I talk about is the phantom ship of the Northumberland Strait. Since the story was added to the show, I began counting the number of people who said they’ve witnessed the ship before. I am up to 91.”
The show has been performed over 130 times, and has remained popular through the last few years of shows.
Taking the show on the road was never part of the plan, but the show’s success had people from all over asking Gallant to take it on tour.
“We’ve had so many people telling us to take it on the road, we felt we had to do that,” said Gallant.
“People call the show a visual and musical feast. They are always commenting on new things they’ve noticed this time around, and I think that is why so many people come back to see the show, they can’t take it all in from one sitting.”
Although the popularity of ‘Searching for Abegweit’ isn’t disappearing anytime soon, Gallant has been pondering the idea of a new show, though he isn’t ready to talk about it.
“I’ve been busy enough with just the normal Lennie Gallant concerts this summer, and ‘Searching for Abegweit’ is quite the production to take on tour, so we will see where it goes from here,” he said.
While this will be the first time Gallant has brought the show to Truro, he is no stranger to the area.
“I’ve played the Marigold quite a few times, I love that theatre,” he said.
“We always seem to do well in Truro. It has a great park, some nice hangs and it seems to be one of the unsung gems of the East Coast. I love it there.”
Gallant’s show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Marigold on Wednesday, and tickets are $35 with limited amounts of seats still available.
If you go:
Searching for Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant
Marigold Cultural Centre
Wednesday, Sept. 20 – 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $35 – Limited quantity left, available at Ticketpro.ca.