Lunch at Allen's
Lunch At Allen’s is an extraordinary musical revue by internationally renowned artists, Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan, and Ian Thomas who perform together as a band, putting on an intimate and humorous performance. Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas’ songs have been recorded by everyone from Rod Stewart to Bette Midler, and Diana Ross to Santana. Murray McLauchlan’s hits have covered Canadian airwaves from coast to coast. Cindy’s voice and songs are well known on the folk festival circuit through her solo work and as a member of Quartette with Sylvia Tyson. When they perform, their comfort with one another seems like they’ve been doing it for years, yet their sound has an energy and freshness like they’ve just met.
ARTIST WEBSITE: www.lunchatallens.ca
Lunch At Allen’s is an extraordinary musical revue by internationally renowned artists, Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan, and Ian Thomas who perform together as a band — the stage show is an intimate and humorous performance by some of Canada’s finest individual performers.
It all began as a regular get together at Allen’s Pub & restaurant on The Danforth in Toronto with Canadian music icon Murray McLauchlan and old friends Ian Thomas and Marc Jordan. After adding the voice of Cindy Church, a lunch at Allen’s turned into an outstanding band performing some of Canada’s (and the world’s) most enjoyed songs from each of these songwriters’ impressive catalogues.
Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas’ songs have been recorded by everyone from Rod Stewart to Bette Midler, and Diana Ross to Santana. Murray McLauchlan’s hits have covered Canadian airwaves from coast to coast. Cindy’s (the sweetest) voice and songs are well known on the folk festival circuit through her solo work and as a member of Quartette with Sylvia Tyson. Together, it seems as though they’ve been playing for years with an energy and freshness like they’ve just met.
The irreverence of friends who make exceptional music together during a magical Lunch At Allen’s is enjoyed by audience members while the group is on tour.
Murray McLauchlan is one of Canada’s best songwriting performers. To experience him perform is to enjoy creative storytelling, social commentary and wit with a man who clearly enjoys sharing his music and experiences with an audience.
In his late teens, soon after developing the art of songwriting, Murray found himself playing at major music festivals such as The Philadelphia Folk Festival and Mariposa Folk Festival, where he appeared alongside Jim Croce and John Prine.
He then continued to attract attention on the club circuit, playing such well known rooms as The Riverboat in Toronto, The Bitter End in New York, The Main Point in Philadelphia, and the famous Earl of Old Town in Chicago. Before Murray had actually recorded an album of his own, his Child’s Song was already well known after being recorded by American folk star Tom Rush.
Now, thirty odd years later, Murray has nineteen albums to his credit on both True North Records and Capitol Records. Murray has won eleven Juno awards, as well as RPM Big Country awards and Toronto Music Awards.
His songs have been covered by many other artists as well as being featured in high school text books.
Murray has been both a radio and television host as well as the author of a book and, in 1993, was appointed to the Order of Canada.
Most recently, Murray composed a stage musical, Eddie. In the fall of 2006, EMI Music released the album, The Songbook…New Arrivals, featuring songs from the musical.
Ian first hit internationally in 1973 with his song, Painted Ladies. With a Juno award, four SOCAN classic awards for Painted Ladies, Right Before Your Eyes, Hold On and Pilot, a UNICEF Danny Kaye Humanitarian award, Juno and Gemini nominations, 15 albums and nearly as many top twenty records later, Ian has now added author to the mix with two novels, Bequest (Manor House 2006) and his latest The Lost Chord (Manor House 2008).
Ian’s lyrics have been utilized in English textbooks while his songs have found international success with many artists such as Santana, America, Manfred Man, Chicago, Bette Midler and Anne Murray.
From 1990 to 2000, Ian wrote and recorded four albums and toured with his band The Boomers who were comprised of some of the Canada’s finest musicians - Peter Cardinali, Rick Gratton and Bill Dylan.
When you add twenty movies as a film composer, six seasons on the Red Green Show as character Dougie Franklin and over a thousand commercials voicing characters from Clive Firkin of Firkin Pubs to Snap the Rice Crispie, the credit list starts getting ridiculous.
2009 saw Ian touring both as a solo artist and with Lunch At Allen’s, while completing the music for the animated series The Adventures Of Bob and Doug McKenzie and scoring two Hallmark Movies, The National Tree and Fairfield Road. With the new Lunch At Allen’s CD completed, Ian is currently writing and recording a long awaited new solo album. To hear him live is to spend time with a master songsmith and humorist.
Ian lives with his wife of nearly 40 years in the Niagara wine region of Ontario because he likes both wine and his wife.
Originally from Bible Hill, Nova Scotia, Cindy spent her formative musical years in western Canada, making her first recordings with the Great Western Orchestra, touring and recording with Ian Tyson and embarking on a solo career. Her three solo albums (Love on the Range, Just a Little Rain and Cindy Church) all include some of her own songs, and her friendship with Sylvia Tyson helped lead to the formation of Quartette, with Sylvia, Caitlin Hanford, the late Colleen Peterson and later Gwen Swick.
A superb singer with a distinctive voice and a technique she uses only to illuminate the lyric, Cindy invests the songs she performs with warmth, charm and feeling.
Now living in Toronto, she has not only acquired a national reputation as one of the best singers in the country, but an international one as well.
In the past she toured with her project, “The Nearness of You – a Tribute to the Music of Hoagy Carmichael” along with pianist/composer, Joe Sealey, and bassist George Koller.
Cindy more recently teamed up with fellow east coast colleagues, Susan Crowe and Raylene Rankin, to form the vocal trio known as Rankin Church & Crowe. They have released the album Rankin Church & Crowe : Live At Alderney Landing and have been touring throughout Canada.
In between her recordings and tours with Quartette, Rankin, Church & Crowe and Lunch at Allen’s, Cindy continues to collaborate with other songwriters and is currently working on a new solo album, due to be released in the spring of 2011.
Cindy has been twice honoured with Juno Award nominations and has also been nominated for awards by the Canadian Country Music Association.
A well-known songwriter once called Canadian Icon Marc Jordan “the real deal”. So what the hell does that mean? Maybe it suggests how many of us would respond to life if we had such an eloquent reflex.
Marc Jordan’s voice and songs are how he howls at the moon. They take many listeners to a place that the heart understands before the intellect can comment. Frequently praised for the emotional and poetic quality of his lyrics, you know he understands the sweet sadness of life and it’s connection to music. It is in his spine. He shuffles around this planet observing the connective tissue of metaphor, the poetry of life – mining phrases that might capture something beyond words.
Marc Jordan began his professional career in Los Angeles in 1977 when he was signed to Warner Bros., working with famed Steely Dan producer, Gary Katz, who produced Marc’s classic West Coast album Mannequin. Jordan spent the next 15 years in LA making and producing records for Warner, BMG and Atlantic Records.
Having written hit songs for amongst others, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart, Cher, Molly Johnson, Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt and Diana Ross, Jordan’s resume reads like a list of who’s who in music. His film credits include Sluggers Wife (Rob Lowe), Like Father Like Son (Dudley Moore), Never Talk To Strangers, Heavy Metal, Blown Away (Jeff Bridges) Touched By An Angel and many others.
A Juno Award winner and the first recipient of Male Vocalist of the Year by the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, Marc has also carved an impressive career as an artist with eleven successful solo albums. He is currently signed to EMI Records and Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
In 2008 Marc released a Christmas single Every Time It Snows penned in collaboration with Emmy Award winner, Don Breithaupt. It is classic Marc Jordan, showcasing his unique vocal style and sensibility. Marc's most recent release, Crucifix In Dreamland was released on by EMI in November 2010.
This year Marc starred opposite his friend, Olivia Newton-John, in a new movie entitled Score : A Hockey Movie, which opened at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released in October, 2010.
Marc lives in Toronto with his wife, singer-songwriter Amy Sky.