Recognized by his peers as one of Canada’s best performing songwriters, Lennie Gallant performs in Red Deer on Nov. 2nd at the Elks Lodge. Dave Brosha Photography

Singer/songwriter Lennie Gallant heads to City Nov. 2nd

Concert is being presented by the Central Music Festival Society

Canadian singer/songwriter extraordinaire Lennie Gallant continues to wow his legion of fans with material that never fails to inspire and impress, as reflected on his latest CD Time Travel.

Local fans will get a chance to hear the exceptional collection of cuts ‘live’ when Gallant makes a City stop at the Elks Lodge on Nov. 2nd, in a show presented by the Central Music Festival Society.

Over the years, Gallant has released a dozen albums which have garnered him loads of accolades including the nod for 2017 ECMA ‘Entertainer of the Year’.

He was also named ‘Canadian Folk Artist of The Year’ for 2016 and his song Peter’s Dream was voted one of the ‘Top Ten East Coast Songs of All Time’.

Meanwhile, it was fresh on the heels of his 2017 ECMA win that Gallant buried himself in the studio with award-winning Producer Daniel Ledwell to record Time Travel.

“I had long thought about working with Daniel Ledwell – I had heard other projects that he had worked on, and I thought he had a great set of ears. So it felt right, and there were so many things that happened in putting these songs together that made me realize we were in the right place at the right time,” he said. “There were so many coincidences that happened while we were recording, and previous to recording, that made me feel like, okay, we are on the right track.”

This included musicians suddenly and unexpectedly being available and in town to lend their talents to Time Travel.

“So much of the subject matter also seemed to be front and centre in the news feed while we were recording the album as well,” he said, adding that ultimately, the whole thing felt very timely.

In addition to performances from his own band, the album features guest appearances by Mary Jane Lamond, Rose Cousins, Jenn Grant, The Fretless and The Atlantic String Machine, among others.

While speaking of the want for strings on a tune and how the Vancouver band The Fretless would be perfect for it, he discovered they were touring the East Coast that week and had a day off where they could drop by.

“I called and said by any chance, would you be available? They dropped in the next day and played on two songs and just blew us away. It was so wonderful that that could all happen.”

Meanwhile, the project covers a lot of ground musically and thematically.

“I wanted an album that would be somewhat textural and that would have a bit of a theme running through it, which I think we did. I think the idea of time and space and our time here on the planet sort of runs through the project.”

Looking back, a love for music came early on.

“I got my first guitar when I was about 13,” he recalled. “I don’t know why, but I do remember that I immediately started trying to write songs.

“I also used to go up to my grandma’s house because my uncle had a collection of records in the his bedroom including Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen – lots of singer/songwriters, so I would listen to those writers a lot,” he said. “That was certainly an influence on me. Also, a lot of people on the east coast grow up with a lot of traditional music in their homes, but I didn’t really get into traditional music until I was in my later teens, or early 20s.”

It was then that he joined a couple of Celtic bands.

“I understand that music a lot, but songwriting was what I really wanted to go for, so I came back into more contemporary songwriting,” he added. “I also think that because I had an understanding of more rootsy, Acadian and Celtic stuff, that elements of it do show up in my songwriting in more subtle ways I think.”

For Gallant, there’s simply no other path to take.

“When you are onstage, singing something that you created around your kitchen table, and you get those kind of reactions…it really gives you amazing energy. I do feel like I was put here to tell stories and sing songs. I feel like I’m in the right place.

“If you can make a living doing that, and if you feel that you are doing what you are supposed to be doing – making connections and touching people – then that in itself is a successful life. In that respect, I feel very blessed. If we can connect on some level, then it’s all worthwhile.”

Time Travel is available on iTunes.

For tickets or further information, check out www.centralmusicfest.com.

Just Posted

Young athletes hope to achieve Olympics dreams through RBC Training Ground

Olympic sport talent scouting event took place in Red Deer Sunday morning

Sharon and Bram head to Red Deer on final tour

The duo is celebrating their 40th anniversary farewell tour

Supporters rally for Jason Kenney as UCP leader stops in Red Deer

Kenney promises equalization reform, stopping ‘Trudeau-Notley’ payroll hike, trade, economic mobility

Motown Soul celebrates ‘greats’ of classic era

Show pays tribute to Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye among others

VIDEO: Restaurant robots are already in Canada

Robo Sushi in Toronto has waist-high robots that guide patrons to empty seats

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

WestJet sticking with Boeing 737 Max once planes certified to fly

WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13

Fierce house cat spotted as ‘aggressor’ in face off with coyote in B.C. backyard

North Vancouver resident Norm Lee captures orange cat versus coyote in backyard showdown

Wilson-Raybould to reveal more details, documents on SNC-Lavalin affair

Former attorney general has written to the House of Commons justice committee

Most Read