Linda McLean TORONTO April Residency at C'est What
Apr. 3rd, 2009
IT'S APRIL IN PARIS AND LINDA McLEAN AT C'EST WHAT....
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2009
LINDA McLEAN, with band
OPENING: Eric Reid.
Doors 9pm $10.00
Month of Muskoka Mondays at C'est What;
Songs Sings and Harmonies
Linda McLean hosts April 6,
and April 27
April 6: LINDA McLEAN, ROSEMARY PHELAN, IVAN BLACKBIRD
April 13: LINDA McLEAN, ROSEMARY PHELAN, IVAN BLACKBIRD, ROBERT PRIEST
April 20: LINDA McLEAN, ROSEMARY PHELAN, IVAN BLACKBIRD, KARYN ELLIS
April 27: LINDA McLEAN, ROSEMARY PHELAN, IVAN BLACKBIRD, KARYN ELLIS
Grab your vin, pull up your big comfy chair and enjoy sweet voices and a relaxed Muskoka style evening of sharing songs and harmonies.
C'est What is at 67 Front Street East (at Church), Toronto
Linda's Bongo Beat debut is called "No Language" and available on iTunes and everywhere you buy music worldwide.
Linda McLean (Huntsville, ON)
Tell me it’s country classic and I’ll believe you. There is something that can only be described as timeless about Linda McLean’s’ calm, collected, sound and performance. Vibrant, joyous and full of soul- McLean brings to mind the understated likes of Allison Moorer- with her rootsy, bluesy, sellable country, and coinciding country broad confidence. I can imagine McLean and band playing a 2pm family folk festival, or over pints on a patio, to the same reaction from the easy breezy audience, that seems thankful for summer, in the form of new warm weather, and McLean’s warm summer sounds as well. Working with a band is a good call, moving McLean from possible “girl with guitar” to full instrumentals and wider potential. The crowd, made up of Cadillac regulars, NXNE patrons ventured west, and McLean’s friends and fans could have been an extended family. In a way, to the Toronto/Canadian music industry, her band is familial. McLean plays with husband Andy McLean, bassist/known producer (for Jane Sibery, The Waltons and others) John Switzer- who plays like he knows he’s creating local history, drummer Gary Craig (who’s toured with Bruce Cockburn, Tom Cochrane and others) and guest, singer-songwriter, Karyn Ellis. It’s nice to watch well-versed musicians still so pleased to be playing. Neither McLean’s exuberance nor sweetness are NXNE standards, and when she puts down her guitar for a jazzy love song co-written with Andy without, her strong striking vocals and little girl spirit, prove an unexpected versatility to boot. McLean glows giving an anecdote of Anne Murray complimenting her singing, but she need not be surprised.
Tara Michelle, Astral Tip Sheet Review