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East Coast icons

Review by Andrew Sprague

Performed by
Tara MacLean, Cynthia MacLeod, Todd MacLean, Deryl Gallant, and Jon Matthews with cameo appearances by Dennis Ellsworth, Danny Costain, and three step dancers.

Written and Directed by 
Tara MacLean

With contributions from
A cast of local theatre and music heavyweights including Adam Brazier, Duncan McIntosh and David Cyrus MacDonald.

The show
Explores the lives, songs and influence of more than a dozen Atlantic Canadian singer songwriters including Lennie Gallant, Ron Hynes, Sarah McLachlan, and Gordie Sampson.

The performance
Tara MacLean’s diverse talents are on full display in Atlantic Blue. She’s a remarkable vocalist, and an engaging and funny storyteller. She introduces each artist with an anecdote, and speaks to their influence on her, and East Coast music in general. Then she presents a short biographical video of the artist, then a song. The videos are written, directed and narrated by MacLean and they are very well done. The band includes some of the Island’s best musicians.  

Best thing
Tara’s vocal performance on Gordie Sampson’s "Pariswas simply breathtaking. Her stories were comical and often deeply personal. She spins a good yarn.

Shortcoming
Picking one song per artist is like handing out random pieces of Ganong chocolates; there’s always someone disappointed by what you gave them.

You should go because
If you’re a fan of East Coast music this show will move you. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll sing along, and you’ll definitely learn something you didn’t know about the some of the most iconic singer songwriters in Atlantic Canadian history. For instance, did you know Sarah McLachlan gave Tara a bunch of clothes for her first photo shoot and then invited her to play Lillith Fair? Neither did I.

—On stage at The Guild in Charlottetown Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings at 7 pm to September 8, 2018.

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