If It’s Alright With You — The Life and Music of My Father, Gene MacLellan
Review by Ann Thurlow
Catherine MacLellan, Chris Gauthier, John Connolly, Remi Arsenault, Dale Desroches
John Connolly and Chris Gauthier
Catherine MacLellan and Bob Mercereau
If It’s Alright with You is Catherine MacLellan’s tribute to the music of her father, Canadian music legend Gene MacLellan. She tells the story of his creative yet difficult life through his songs, through stories and slides and once, beautifully, through his own words. More than just a series of songs, this is a story — a daughter’s tribute to her gifted and complicated dad.
Take some of PEI’s finest musicians, add a talented singer and legendary music. What do you get? A show without fault. The music, especially Chris Gauthier’s guitar solos, is breathtaking, the pacing is tight, the story is engaging — both sweet and sad.
Have you ever seen Catherine MacLellan rock out? It’s worth the price of admission to watch her let loose on some of her Dad’s later, more rock and roll influenced tunes.
This show is so much more than I expected. It’s a story with a dramatic arc. You’ll learn things about Gene MacLellan you never knew, you’ll hear music that will be new to you. Even if you aren’t familiar with the MacLellan family, you’ll love this show. It glistens with good energy and talent. It’s heartfelt — a real gem.
—Select dates at PEI Brewing Company. Tickets/info: peibrewingcompany.com.