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Biography & Autobiography Personal Memoirs

Put Your Hand in My Hand

The Spiritual and Musical Connections of Catherine and Gene MacLellan

by (author) Harvey Sawler

Nimbus Publishing
Initial publish date
Mar 2019
Personal Memoirs, Individual Composer & Musician
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    Jun 2018
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    Mar 2019
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Put Your Hand in My Hand is the lyrical story of the relationship between one of Canada’s most beloved singer-songwriters and his daughter, a talented musical artist. Gene MacLellan’s contribution to the Canadian songbook is legendary. He penned top-forty hits, including “Snowbird,” “Bidin’ My Time,” and “Put Your Hand in the Hand,” and his compositions vaulted the careers of international stars such as Anne Murray. In 2004, his daughter Catherine, a Juno award winner and two-time ECMA winner, released her debut album to critical acclaim.

In this anticipated memoir, biographer Harvey Sawler paints an intimate portrait of Gene MacLellan, a complex man whose words and melodies left us wanting more than he was able to give before he took his life in 1995 at the age of fifty-six. He interviews Catherine, who lives, when not on tour, in a rural community on PEI. Catherine candidly addresses the issue of mental health and her father’s legacy. This book includes her own lyrics, family photos, and previously unpublished lyrics from Gene MacLellan’s journals, which give new insight into the enigmatic man. To flesh out this father-daughter portrait, Sawler interviews Catherine’s mother, Judith, as well as others, including Lennie Gallant.

About the author

.Harvey Sawler is the author of twelves books, including: Frank McKenna: Beyond Politics, Twenty-First Century Irvings, Last Canadian Beer: The Moosehead Story and Unforgettable Atlantic Canada. For five years he was a regular contributor to both SALTSCAPES and Progress magazines, covering a wide range of subjects involving business, entrepreneurship, culture, tourism and interesting personalities.

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