In 2011, Terry Eagan of Patio Records presented one of many fabulous Healing Garden Benefit Concerts, this one in Waterloo, Ontario. Among the performers on the roster that evening were Tannis Slimmon & Lewis Melville, Allison Lupton and her fantastic band, and Rosemary Phelan & Jason LaPrade. During the pre-show rehearsal, Terry asked if Allison, Tannis, and Rosemary might be willing to perform a song together for the event. What a delightful idea; of course they would! The next night, the trio performed Allison’s lovely a capella song “One More Day,” and it was pure magic. In that moment, though they didn’t know it yet, The Lucky Sisters were born.
In late 2014, Terry Eagan made a second request of Tannis, Allison, and Rosemary, this time for an entire album. The new recording, “So Lucky,” will help to raise funds for more beautiful healing gardens at cancer treatment centres in the US and Canada.
Ironically Rosemary was battling cancer when Terry’s email arrived:
“In one of life’s more magical moments, Terry’s email came just a couple of days after I began contemplating whether I want to try to offer up one final music project during my time on this planet.”
Rosemary’s message to Tannis and Allison in late November of 2014 was the turning over of an hourglass through which the importance of the project was amplified by every falling grain of sand. At times it was felt that they might not finish. But in spite of her failing health, Rosemary was determined to complete the album. In her own words, “my Lucky family and all the wonderful possibilities it represents is one of the reasons I’m investigating sticking around a bit longer if I can.”
By the end of March, with the help of Terry Eagan, Paul Mills, Jason Laprade and Lewis Melville in studios in London, Toronto and Guelph, 12 songs were recorded and mixed with love and care but not without difficulty. And although Rosemary was not able to make the April album release concerts in person, she still maintained throughout that she was ‘so lucky’.
In May of 2015 we lost Rosemary. Now Allison and Tannis are honoured to share that luck, along with last words from Rosemary: “I couldn’t think of a more gorgeous and meaningful bunch of songs to offer up to the world in these troubled times. May at least one beautiful healing garden be built on the pillars of our voices.”
We at Borealis are proud to help make The Lucky Sisters available.
It’s a great album and we hope it helps raise even more funds to build more healing gardens.