“The concert was a kind of cultural alchemy from one time to another.
Early Morning Rain: the songs of Gordon Lightfoot is a wander through the wonderfully crafted songs of one of Canada’s greatest songwriters, presented by musicians perfectly suited for the journey.
John McLachlan’s trio has chosen over 25 songs from Lightfoot’s first ten, prolific years (1966 through 1976), and lovingly arranged in ways that make them familiar to anyone who followed his music, but also fresh for those who have never heard them before, or who are only familiar with his major hits.
Concert performance featuring over 25 Gordon Lightfoot songs (1966-76)
100-Minutes (two Sets)
John McLachlan (acoustic guitar, vocals)
Marc Atkinson (lead guitar, mandolin)
Scott White (bass)
Available in duo or trio format
The concert (two 50 minute sets) unfolds with personal anecdotes and stories behind the songs as well as the role the music played in John McLachlan’s early musical development. This is no “tribute” show but rather a musical love letter with new arrangements to familiar classics.
The trio* of John McLachlan (rhythm guitar & vocal), Marc Atkinson (lead guitar & mandolin), and Scott White (bass) is similar to Lightfoot's original working trio, and features some of his rarely heard gems as well as iconic songs such as: “If You Could Read My Mind,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” and “Canadian Railroad Trilogy.”
*can be presented in a duo format with John and Marc
Photo above by John McLachlan. Photo below by Don Peterson