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Honouring Gene MacLellan

Music PEI Week, a celebration of the great music coming from our tiniest province, kicks off next Saturday, January 14 with a much-anticipated concert, Just Biding My Time: A Tribute to Gene MacLellan.

The event, which is being recorded for later broadcast by CBC TV, will feature performances from singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan, Gene’s daughter, as well as acclaimed performers Lennie Gallant, Ron Hynes, folk-rock band Haunted Hearts, Meaghan Blanchard and more.

Gene MacLellan’s contribution to the Canadian songbook is legendary. He penned several top forty hits in the early seventies including Snowbird, Put Your Hand in the Hand, The Call and Bidin’ My Time. Seventeen years after his death, MacLellan’s reputation as a songwriter and generous neighbour generated a sold-out audience weeks before this concert in his honour.

“Gene MacLellan was a songwriter who experienced tremendous success and wrote from the heart,” says Music PEI Executive Director Rob Oakie. “Islanders are very proud Gene chose to call PEI home and this concert, which has been three years in the planning, is a unique celebration of his song writing by some of the East Coast’s most loved artists.”

For more on Gene MacLellan, see our tribute to Gene, last year on his birthday.

Photo by David Sheffield

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    biding my time « Story Collector 5 January, 2012 at 08:10

    […] ‘Biding My Time’ is a concert being planned for next week in Charlottetown, PEI paying tribut to one of my favourite songwriters, Gene MacLellan.  Gene’s songwriting is often connected with the early radio hits of Anne Murray, like Snowbird and The Call.  One of the best crafted of these, in my opinion, is the one chosen to marquee this event, Bidin’ My Time.  Here’s a sweet live version of Anne Murray performing it in the early seventies. GA_googleAddAttr("AdOpt", "1"); GA_googleAddAttr("Origin", "other"); GA_googleAddAttr("theme_bg", "f2e1c3"); GA_googleAddAttr("theme_border", "f4ecd2"); GA_googleAddAttr("theme_text", "000000"); GA_googleAddAttr("theme_link", "5b211a"); GA_googleAddAttr("theme_url", "cbb293"); GA_googleAddAttr("LangId", "1"); GA_googleAddAttr("Tag", "anne-murray"); GA_googleAddAttr("Tag", "biding-my-time"); GA_googleAddAttr("Tag", "charlottetown"); GA_googleAddAttr("Tag", "gene-maclellan"); GA_googleAddAttr("Tag", "tribute"); GA_googleFillSlot("wpcom_sharethrough"); Like this:LikeBe the first to like this post. Published in: […]

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