UP CLOSE AND INTIMATE WITH CATHERINE MACLELLAN
CROW. BAR AND VARIETY is a small restaurant/music venue in Collingwood Ontario and on various Tuesday nights we host intimate dinner shows with some of North America's award winning' or up and coming musicians. Dinner shows will feature a prix fix menu. Our Crow Sessions are hosted by the very charismatic Jeff Woods
Catherine MacLellan has become one of Canadas finest and favourite singer-songwriters on her own merits. Shes kept away from the media circus and celebrity scene, preferring to live at home in rural P.E.I. Shes worked diligently at her craft, releasing a series of remarkable, creative albums, culminating in the Juno Award-winning The Ravens Sun from 2014, to go along with multiple East Coast Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Music PEI Awards. Most impressively, she has chosen to carve out her career path without trading on her family name.
Thats pretty hard to do, when your father is one of the countrys most famous songwriters. Gene MacLellan wrote two world-wide, multi-million selling smash hits: Snowbird by Anne Murray, and Put Your Hand in the Hand by Ocean. There are dozens more gems, including The Call, Bidin My Time, Shilo Song and The Reunion Song. But Catherine insisted on making it on her own.
I didnt know who I was yet, and so I didnt want to be in his shadow and have that kind of pressure on me, she explained. People would talk about my dad, but I would try to steer the conversation away from that for the first while.
But now, thats changed. MacLellan has gone from shying away from those songs to fully embracing them, with a stunning new album celebrating her fathers musical legacy. If Its Alright With You The Songs of Gene MacLellan contains 13 of her fathers most famous compositions, songs that propelled him to fame nearly 50 years ago, and remain the gold standard for Canadian songwriting.
I dont put a lot of stock into awards, but when Chris (Gauthier, her producer) and I did The Ravens Sun and we won the Juno, it felt like, Okay, I did it, I know who I am, and people seem to also, and they appreciate my music on its own. Now I want to share my dads music and its also an opportunity for me to get to know him better. The more I get to know his songs, the closer I feel to him.
The discovery for MacLellan had been sometimes bittersweet. She lost her father while still in her mid-teens when he died in 1995.
I think really for me it was part of my journey of healing. I thought that I was over the grief of losing my dad. I thought I had dealt with it in lots of rational ways, which I guess I had, but I hadnt actually emotionally finished that journey, she said. But now that my daughter is eleven, and Im starting to see my brothers kids playing music and theyre even playing some of dads songs, I see the generational thing is really cool. Im really proud to be walking in his footsteps.
Shes taken the journey one step further; in addition to the album, MacLellan has written a new theatre show that will debut in July in Charlottetown, at the P.E.I. Brewing Company stage. Also called If Its Alright With You, its filled with stories from her fathers life, from surprising revelations to intimate descriptions of their time together. It will feature the selections from this album, as well as lesser-known and even unreleased songs shes discovered in her family archives. After the show finishes its run in P.E.I. in the summer, shell take it on tour across the country in the coming months.
With her grace and charm, Catherine MacLellan has captivated audiences since her 2004 solo debut. Shes capable of the deepest emotional connections through her intimate lyrics as well as easy-going and light-hearted fun. Theres some of all that on If Its Alright By You, as well as some surprising interpretations, a welcome reminder for old fans of her fathers, and an introduction for a new generation.
The most talked about Jeff Woods attribute is his voice. It has been heard on radio and television for decades. Jeffs career continues to be about communication and he is known for sounding as though he's speaking just to you, despite the fact that his reach has extended to a weekly audience exceeding one million listeners.
Beyond talking on the radio and television as a host or a guest, Jeff's presence continues to extend to commercial voice-over and narration, and to the stage as an emcee and speaker.
Woods has been at the center of conversation and context around music for 30+ years. He was the creator and host of The Legends of Classic Rock, heard internationally over 14 seasons. His many one-on-one interviews include David Bowie, R.E.M., The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, The Band, Pearl Jam, Carlos Santana, Metallica, The Doors, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, and so many more.
Jeff's current radio series "Records & Rockstars" complements his artist interview/performance podcast of the same name, and his first work of non-fiction in print - the acclaimed "Radio, Records & Rockstars, now out in Audio Book and selling at Amazon, Audible & iTunes.
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