John Gracie’s Vintage Christmas show at Th’YARC

Carla Allen
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A Vintage Christmas, with John Gracie and his daughter Samantha  will be held at Th’YARC on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

John Gracie, with a special guest – his daughter Samantha Gracie--will be performing a Vintage Christmas at Th’YARC on Nov. 17.

The award-winning singer/songwriter will start the evening with songs from his new crooner project and then present a collection of popular holiday music.

American standards, made popular by Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, were  favorites of John Gracie as a child. They were amongst the wide variety of songs he learned from his music teacher.

Years later, he set out to master them, playing them on his car stereo during long drives while singing along. 

His wife Andree describes the songs as beautifully composed pieces but challenging to sing.

" John’s smooth baritone vocals are perfect for this musical styling,” she said. 

Gracie engaged some of the best jazz musicians of the region to join him and soon after recorded the album Live from the Flamingo- a Bennett/Sinatra Salute.

The album has been nominated for Jazz Album of the Year at the Nova Scotia Music Awards and he is now touring the show nationally.

Christmas is a special time of year for the Gracie family. They have always cut down their own Christmas tree, baked holiday goodies and travelled to Cape Breton to be with family over the holidays.

“John has always said that the music of Christmas is the best, it is classic and he loves to sing it.  He sings Christmas music as you remember it.  He says that these songs have lasted hundreds of years, and have done so for a reason, so why would anybody want to change or rearrange them?” said Andree Gracie.

Gracie has had considerable success with his Christmas albums and Christmas shows.  He presents the favourite holiday selections as well as humorous and emotive stories of his Christmas experiences. 

His original Christmas song, Cape Breton Christmas Morn is featured on his first Christmas CD and was written while his father was dying of lung cancer. 

This year his band includes Martin Davidson on sax, Danny Sutherland on bass and Ross Billard on piano, in addition to Samantha, who began accompanying her father as a toddler, with her brother Nash.

She went on to sing leading roles in school musicals and at 15, sang a duet on stage with her father.

She graduated from St, Francis Xavier University in the spring and is pursuing her acting/singing career.

Tickets for the Yarmouth  performance are $16 for the general public and $15 for members.

Call the box office at 902-742-8150 for more information.


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