Call it Home Show

Take a musically dramatic journey that re-ignites glowing memories of summer vacations, explores the pains of growing up, and sheds  light on the realities of adulthood and the realization that we are all part of a bigger ebb and flow.

The songs tell of youth, the passage of time, and the vibrancy of life on the island John McLachlan now calls home (Hornby Island). From a story about the first car ferry service and its captain, to a poignant memory of his dad’s 8mm home movies from the 60s, the show is part nostalgia, part history, part about today.

Images and old movie clips weave through the show, adding a richness and authenticity that animate scenes from the music and stories. They will be recognizable to any one who has spent childhood summer holidays on islands, lakes, or anywhere “away from the city.”

Joining John on stage is Marc Atkinson who adds a rich texture of musical colour in the form of lead guitar, mandolin, and percussion. Atkinson is a highly distinguished artist in his own right, performing with his own trio, and as a member of The Bills. As well, he is an award-winning producer and operates a recording studio on Hornby Island.

John’s rhythm guitar work, coupled with Marc’s instrumental finesse, creates the perfect foundation for McLachlan’s collection of original songs. Together, they create a full performance experience through their solid artistry and warm, welcoming stage manner.

John is also available to perform this show, solo.

Photos from the 1960s by George McLachlan
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Call it Home can be enjoyed by all ages.

Songs from the accompanying album Call it Home are performed in this program.

Length: 1:20 (no intermission)
(Can be shortened to be a part of a two-part concert with one of John’s other shows, Wind and Bones, or a mix-set from his broader repertoire.)


  • A screen or wall surface alongside the musician(s) adequate to display the multimedia projection. (Control of the media is done from the stage by the performer.)
  • PA system as outlined in stage plot/tech sheet.

John McLachlan in Concert