For those who haven’t checked it out, Monday Night in Alma is in full swing.
The first half of the concert series for this season saw musical guests from British Columbia, Ontario, PEI and, of course, some of Pictou County’s finest local musicians. The second half of the season continues into August with guests including Kate MacLean, who went to high school in Alma, Pictou County music icon Don Haggart, “Nothin’ Fancy”, a fine group of local musicians, and Pictou fiddler Pam LeBlanc who will bring along some of her musical friends. On August 1, the featured musician is Lacey Morrell.
Morrell is a local singer-songwriter from Stellarton. She grew up in a large, musical family singing Irish folk songs at family gatherings. O Danny Boy, Belfast Mills and Wild Mountain Thyme would be performed in living rooms, with a circle of guitars and harmonies. At the age of five, her parents enrolled her in piano lessons and she continued for 12 years, studying the Canadian Royal Conservatory curriculum. This classical training provided a backbone for her immense creativity.
Last summer, Morrell teamed up with the incomparable J.P. Cormier, who produced her album Heartland. Released in May of 2016, Heartland is gaining airplay on stations across the Maritimes. Morrell has been hard at work promoting her album and she is excited to perform close to home once again. Heartland is a culmination of her classical piano training and the creative representation of her experiences and inspirations. It can be described as a blend of her roots in folk and the modern sounds of the present. This album breathes new life into the traditional sounds of East Coast Music and the honest story telling will capture a deep and enduring place in your heart.
Like all concerts in the series, the music starts at 7:30 p.m. The concerts are held in the Green Hill-Alma United Church. Admission is by donation with the suggestion of at least $10 All are welcome.