Lunch at Allen’s combines talents of Ian Thomas, Murray McLauchlan, Marc Jordan and Cindy Church


Get ready to be served a cornucopia of hits when Lunch at Allen’s play the Yates Theatre, Oct. 19.Lunch at Allen’s play Lethbridge, Oct. 19. Photo Submitted

When you combine the talents of a four of Canada’s most talented songwriters, you a very intimate and enjoyable show of familiar songs.
Lunch With Allen features the songs and voices of Murray McLauchlan, Ian Thomas, Cindy Church and Marc  Jordan, who each have longstanding solo careers of their own and a have written songs covered by Chicago, Josh Groban, Bonnie Raitt, America, Santana, Cher and Rod Stewart.

 As Lunch at Allen’s they have been performing on and off since the early 2000’s, and have released four CDs and a fifth to be released in January. They return to Lethbridge, Oct. 19.

“We enjoyed it so much, we’re coming back. I can’t remember when we were there, but  it’s been a while,” quipped Marc Jordan, who has written several songs covered by Rod Stewart including Rhythm of My Heart” plus “Marina Del Rey” to name just a few.

“We’ve been together for 10 or 11 years and we try to do 25 dates a year,” said Jordan, who excited  about their new CD “If It Feels Right.”
“It’s the title of one of the songs. We all brought three songs to the record,” he said.

“ We’ve been together   for 10-12 years and we all have families and lives,” he said adding the new CD doesn’t have an overlaying theme, though growing older and settling down has found it’s way into the new music.
 In addition to Lunch at Allen’s originals, you can also expect to hear the many solo hits from Jordan, Murray McLauchlan, Ian Thomas and Cindy Church.


 “We play on each other’s songs. We’re a band. One of us is on the piano at any given time. Murray has a lot of hits. I grew up listening to Murray McLauchlan’s music. Ian has a lot of hits too. It’s fun and exciting,” he said.

“ We’re there to have fun. That’s the mandate. We love each other.  And we respect each other as musicians,” he continued, adding Cindy Church‘s voice is an important part of the quartet.

“She’s a girl. She brings us all together. When we sing together there’s something very special and magical. It’s like alchemy. When we sing without her, we sound very average. She’s an integral part of it,” he continued.

 He has enjoyed working with Lunch at  Allen’s.

“It‘s all about the people and sharing some memories with them,” he said.
“ I’ve toured Canada 10 times with them and that’s a very interesting way to get to see Canada,” he said.
Lunch at Allen”s performs at the Yates Centre, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $45.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 14 October 2016 16:44 )