On Saturday night, 2 choirs & yours truly took to the stage at the Regent Theatre in Picton ON to raise much-needed funds for the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital. The well-loved barbershop chorus, The Trentones, set the tone for the evening with their melodiously smooth rendition of the National Anthem followed by an exceptional version of “This Is My Canada” (ok, yes I am biased). I was so moved by their voices, the blend and the sweet sounds they produced in harmony led by the affable, talented music director, Bob Young.
The guest men’s choir, the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir, then took to the stage and sang in wonderful harmony both in English and in Welsh (of course). The packed-house at the Theatre were treated to songs they recognized such as I Dreamed A Dream (Les Miserables), Scotland the Brave and Song for The Mira along with some beautiful Welsh songs like “O Gymru” and “Myfanwy”.
I was asked to sing a few of my own songs and had the pleasure of accompanying myself on the Theatre’s grand piano. I sang “Waiting To Welcome You” to start off my set. When Mayor Leo Finnegan took to the stage at the end of the evening, he mentioned he was working on having that song adopted as the County’s official song! I’ll keep you posted. I also sang 3 songs from my new album due out by Christmas 2010: If I Could Wish Upon A Star, What Would I Do Without You and the Aramaic version of the Lord’s Prayer, Avoonan d’Bishmaya. I also sang Angel In Disguise & Women of the World.
It was a memorable evening which was made even more so at the “After Glow” when everyone had a chance to relax, eat, chat and then join in on a sing-off! My daughter Katie & I thought we had them stumped when we sang a song in Swahili! But no – they came back with an African song. So we triumphed with my grandfather’s song, Vishten! They had to concede they did not know a song in that language (no wonder – it’s a mix of MicMac, English & French!!). It was all in great fun and for a good cause. Doesn’t get any better than that.