Stewart Legere album release
Wednesday, April 19, 7:30pm
The Seahorse Tavern, 2037 Gottingen St.
Stewart Legere walks in the side door of Tom's Little Havana on Dresden Row wearing a mix of denim and leather, taking off tortoise-shell sunglasses to reveal blue eyes sparkling with excitement—and for good reason.
The multi-disciplinary artist is releasing his first album, the folky, poppy, harmony-laden Quiet the Station, on April 21. Legere may be known for his work with Zuppa Theatre, or as a member of The Heavy Blinkers, but his life as a musician has deep roots.
"I grew up in a really musical family," the Dartmouth native recalls. "But I didn't start writing my own songs until about six years ago. I'm excited to bridge that gap—to entice more theatre people to come out for music shows and to bring a theatre mentality to the music shows.
"As a theatre person, you're used to considering everything," he explains. "What's the relationship between you and the audience, how is the stage set up, how does the night go, how does it flow?"
Quiet the Station is the culmination of four years of writing and recording, beginning in what Legere calls a "very, very, very difficult time. " "I was hanging onto a bucking bronco, really. I had just left a marriage," he says. "I was very young when I got married—I was 22. The marriage had ended and I was in a new relationship that had lots of great aspects and lots of difficult and sad aspects—but I hadn't really come up from underwater from the marriage that ended yet." He sips from a tall glass of cider over ice. "The whole time was a blur."
Legere is also gearing up for an album release party at the Seahorse on Wednesday, April 19. The night will include Kim Harris, Margo Durling and Melanie Stone as guest and backing vocalists, and Legere is joined by Adam Fine on bass, Benn Ross on drums and Jason MacIsaac on keyboard.
MacIsaac also co-produced the album. His band, The Heavy Blinkers, featured Legere on 2013's Health. Legere differentiates the two as the Heavy Blinkers being primarily MacIssac's project, while Quiet the Station is his own work, despite the overlap.
As for other appearances at the release party?
"I've got some little surprises in store," says Legere, with a wink and nod.