Down Home Classic Concert Series
What does a Cape Breton Tenor and two members of the iconic Carlton Showband have in common?
They’ll all be on the Savoy Theatre stage together as part of the brand new Down Home Classic (DHC) Concert
Series, presented by the Savoy Theatre. The first show of the DHC Series takes place on October 22 (7pm) and 23
(2pm) and is set to feature three well-known solo performers, who might never have had the opportunity to
perform together in one show, before now.
Much-loved super talent and Whitney Pier native Peter Gillis will perform renditions of old
favourites and new selections from My Island Too, Peter’s brand-new CD, recorded at Lakewind Sound studio in Point
Aconi. The collection takes its name and title track from the pen of the legendary Rita MacNeil,
and will be shared with Cape Breton audiences during the Down Home Classics show. The Cape Breton
Tenor is happy to be performing the project at home. “What a joy to release my new CD at the
beautiful Savoy Theatre and share these gorgeous songs! This recording has everything; from Vince
Gill, to Gaelic, to Rita, to semi-classical, to Leonard Cohen, and more,” says Peter.
Joining Peter on the Down Home Classic stage will be the loveable Greg Donaghey, who performed for
decades as a superb vocalist and comedic talent with the famous Carlton Showband. Greg has won over
audiences countless times with hilarious offerings like the Laughing Policeman and Jake the Peg and
passionately- delivered melodies like Danny Boy or The Town I Loved So Well. Greg is known for his
enthusiasm and light- hearted manner on stage and quickly becomes a crowd favourite whenever he
steps to a microphone.
As if all of that wasn’t enough for a full evening, the DHC concert will include not just one, but two Whitney Pier boys and not one, but two Carlton Showband members. Aaron C. Lewis fits both categories. The Pier boy has become one of the busiest musicians in the industry; constantly performing, producing and touring year round, wearing many different hats. Aaron has three solo projects to his credit — the latest of which features his strengths as a country singer. Being
comfortable with any musical style, Aaron also recorded and released a traditional/ original CD as
an homage to Cape Breton Island, featuring his original If I Can’t Take the Island With Me. He is
regularly praised for his confident vocals and creative delivery and as the son of the late, great
Bobby Lewis, was able to hone his skills alongside his dad and his pal, Greg Donaghey for many
years, performing with the Carlton Showband. Aaron is the perfect third party to add to the
talented duo of Gillis and Donaghey.
As well as featuring their solo projects, the trio will perform together throughout the evening and that notion has all three performers talking about the endless possibilities.