Review: Catherine MacLellan, The Maze, by Peter Palmer
Daughter of a top Canadian songwriter, who died when she was 14, Catherine MacLellan chose two of his songs to crown her second visit to the city under Cosmic American auspices.
Don't Talk About Love was coupled with Gene MacLellan's wistful Snowbird, a number from the 1960s cultivated by Loretta Lynn, Anne Murray and Elvis Presley.
Catherine herself has been writing and performing for ten years, with several solo albums to her name. The latest yielded her final offering of the evening – and of her current British tour with Chris Gauthier.
Gauthier's electric guitar chimed well with MacLellan's incisive alto voice. They struck sparks off each other in a medley of largely original pieces.
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The sturdily wrought Take A Break related to potato farming in Nova Scotia, Sparrows to thoughts about a vanished friend. Set This Heart On Fire featured an inviting chorus for the audience. Here was abundant proof that contemporary folk music is thriving in Canada.
Support act and fellow writer Tanya Davis grew up next door to MacLellan on Prince Edward Island. Employing different degrees of speech-song with guitar accompaniment, she delivered her entertaining material with poise and conviction.