TRURO, N.S. – Theresa Malenfant is celebrating her birthday with music, in a big way.
Theresa Malenfant’s 60th Birthday Blues Extravaganza is visiting Truro, Feb. 17. The show will be at the legion, at 8 p.m., and will include special guests Garrett Mason, John Campbelljohn and Shrimp Daddy. Malenfant will be backed by Scott Medford and The Instigators, her band of 17 years.
“I’ll be able to take the opportunity to perform with musicians I don’t work with a lot, like Garrett Mason,” she said. “He’ll be doing his own things, but I’ll do a couple with him.
“It’s appropriate to have Garrett at my birthday bash because I remember playing for Dutchie Mason’s birthday in Halifax.”
Malenfant, a native of Dieppe, N.B., first came to prominence singing alongside Dutch Mason in 1979. She’s released six albums, and received honours such as the 1995 ECMA for best female vocalist and the 2015 Maple Leaf Blues lifetime achievement award. She plans to begin recording a new album in the spring.
Severe nerve pain limited what she could do for a while, but she’s now on medication and able to enjoy performing.
“It makes me sleepy during the early part of the day, but it’s worth it to be rid of the pain,” she said. “As the days wears on, and night gets closer, I get better. I’ve always been a nighthawk anyway.”
The Truro show is the only stop the birthday extravaganza is making outside of New Brunswick, where there are three shows.
“This is going to be an up-tempo blues and R&B show, with a nice big dance floor,” she added. “It’ll be very lively.”
The actual date of Malenfant’s birthday is Feb. 27.