Catherine MacLellan, Artist of the Week
Runs Oct. 5-9th.
Catherine MacLellan is a Canadian folk singer-songwriter, currently based in Prince Edward Island. The daughter of Canadian songwriter Gene MacLellan, she was born and raised in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.
“I was born to do this, and my father [the late Gene MacLellan] taught me the ways of a songwriter. I first used songwriting as a way to find out who I was. Now with every song I hope to find truth in inspiration and light in the dark.”
Before beginning her solo recording career, she sang with The New Drifts. She spent time working at the box office of Summerside’s Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre, a 527-seat theatre where she made her soft seat début as a solo performer. After high school and a year in Australia, Catherine moved to Toronto, and began following her muse, playing open mic nights in folk clubs. On relocating back to Prince Edward Island, the passion gradually became a vocation. ”
After releasing her debut album in 2004, Catherine MacLellan earned immediate critical acclaim, labeled Critics Favourite New Discovery by Penguin Eggs magazine in 2008. Since then, she has toured internationally extensively and her music has been a perennial fixture at the top of Canada’s Roots Music charts, winning acclaim from international media including The Austin Chronicle, The Boston Globe, BBC Radio, Maverick Magazine and Q Magazine.
Her latest release, The Raven’s Sun, takes the listener further along Catherine’s journey in song, delving deeper into the territories of life, death and transformation. Produced by her long–time musical partner Chris Gauthier, The Raven’s Sun shines a light on their musical chemistry and catches them both at their best.
“When it came to recording this album, I wanted to represent my long-time collaboration with my guitarist and partner Chris Gauthier. We went to Woodstock for the sounds that only Danny Blume seems to be able to produce.”
Recorded in the woods outside of Woodstock, NY by GRAMMY Award–winning Danny Blume, it features stellar guest performances by Nashville fiddler Andy Leftwich. This album is another reminder that Catherine’s songwriting and musicianship are unparalleled among performers of her generation.
Touring Canada, US, UK and Europe in Fall 2014–Spring 2015.
2-Time Winner at the 2012 East Coast Music Awards
• Folk Recording of the Year
• Solo Recording of the Year
5-Time Winner at the 2012 Music PEI Awards
• Album of the Year
• Songwriter of the Year
• Video of the Year
• Female Solo Recording of the Year
• Roots/Contemporary Album of the Year
Winner at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards
• English Songwriter of the Year