Nov 14 2012 EXCLUSIVE by Emma Smith
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AN ACCLAIMED Canadian singer with a passion for all things Scottish is hoping for a less dramatic show this time in Glasgow.
When Cathleen MacLellan, 32, performed in the city last year, a member of the audience collapsed in the heat.
She said: “It was quite hot in the room and someone passed out. We were only halfway through and an ambulance was called. It’s hard to perform once paramedics have been in the venue so we just did one more song.
“Hopefully this time we will get to play a whole show as I really love the Scottish audiences.”
Cathleen – voted Critics Favourite New Discovery by Penguin Egg Magazine in 2008, will be performing songs from her album Silhouette in the Avant Garde Music Bar on Thursday. She added: “This is will be my third time in Glasgow. I really like it as it is a fun city.
“There is lots of art and people really express themselves. My guitar player lived in Edinburgh for a few years so we have a good connection with Scotland. I am also of Scottish descent.
“I have always been fascinated by Scotland but when I am touring there is never enough time to do everything. I have yet to try a deep-fried Mars Bar – maybe this time I will.”
Cathleen has toured with legendary artists including Bruce Cockburn and Steve Forbert and performed solo in Boston, Berlin, Cannes, Memphis, New York, London, and Paris. This time, she has her best friend and fellow singer Tanya Davis on the tour.
She said: “ We went to school together and we would sing heartbreak songs over the piano when we were 12 years old. It’s going to be a really fun tour – I can’t wait to perform.”
Catherine’s current album, Silhouette, was mostly recorded in a secluded cabin in rural Prince Edward Island. Canada’s Exclaim magazine has described it as “a testimony to MacLellan’s ascent to greatness”.