Lunch at Allen's

Marc Jordan, from left, performs on the keyboard beside Murray McLaughlin, Ian Thomas and Cindy Church. The quartet, known as Lunch at Allen’s, will perform at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre on Oct. 15.

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A celebrated quartet of musicians is performing this Friday at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre.

Lunch at Allen’s features Marc Jordan, Murray McLaughlin, Ian Thomas and Cindy Church on a Maritime tour that includes eight other dates.

Jordan says pandemic restrictions that for a time prevented live concerts have provided a lesson to musicians and music lovers.

“I can’t wait,” Jordan said last week in a phone interview. “The pandemic has reminded us that playing to an audience is a privilege. You give something to the audience and they give it back 10-fold and I missed it big time.”

The group is considered a powerhouse. As individuals they have written for or sung on more than 25 million CDs and have penned hits for a wide variety of artists that include Chicago, Santana, Cher, Rod Stewart, Josh Groban, Bonnie Raitt, and America.

The group escorts the audience on a musical journey that combines humour, personal anecdotes, familiar tunes and new material.

Jordan described what the others bring to the group.

“I met Murray in the Yorkville Village days,” he said. “We have a common friend who moved to Los Angeles when I did. Murray happened to go there and we met and became friends. Murray is a very interesting guy, very smart. He has vast knowledge. One night we were outside and he looks up. He names the stars and knows them all.

“Ian is a prolific songwriter, very successful. He’s just a great musician and a world-class songwriter. He’s had a lot of people record his songs. He’s also hilarious.

“Cindy just adds that glue and frequency that makes the music sound bigger. When you pull her out of the mix the sound shrinks 10 times. The harmonies are bigger with her.”

Jordan also shared how the group was formed and its first event in Toronto.

“What we do is sing each other’s songs,” he said. “Murray was asked 20 years ago to do a songwriting in a round. What he did was ask Cindy, Ian and I to do it in a band. It was a lot of fun. He asked if we wanted three more dates. We said yes and that’s how it started.”

Reserved seating tickets for Lunch at Allen’s are $55 (tax and facility fees included, although additional surcharges may apply), and are available from the deCoste box office. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., Oct. 15.

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Steve Goodwin is never without his camera and a notebook. He has been covering news and sports in Pictou County for more than four decades.