East Coast icons
Review by Andrew Sprague
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
With contributions from
A cast of local theatre and music heavyweights including Adam Brazier, Duncan McIntosh and David Cyrus MacDonald.
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.
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.
Tara’s vocal performance on Gordie Sampson’s "Paris" was simply breathtaking. Her stories were comical and often deeply personal. She spins a good yarn.
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.