Ian Thomas Talks Lunch at Allen’s Shows in the 519 and the 45th Anniversary of Painted Ladies

Lunch-At-AllensWhat do you get when you put four incredible Canadian superstars on the same stage together? It could easily be a setup to a great Canadian music punchline, but in the case of Lunch At Allen’s it’s absolutely no joke.

Lunch at Allen’s is comprised of Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas. As individuals, they have written for or sung on over 25,000,000 CDs, penning hits for Chicago, Josh Groban, Bonnie Raitt, America, Santana, Cher, and Rod Stewart, as well as Murray’s Farmers Song, Marc’s Marina Del Rey and Ian’s Painted Ladies just to name a few. These artists have come together adding the incredible voice of Cindy Church (Quartette, Great Western Orchestra) to form this one of a kind Canadian supergroup.

They are Canadian song writing royalty who will take you on a journey with humour and stories playing their familiar hits and new songs as well to create an evening of music for the heart and music for your soul.

Lunch at Allen’s is currently touring Ontario, with stops at three 519 locations – Dec. 4 at the Imperial Theatre in Sarnia, Dec. 5 at The Aeolian in London and Dec. 12 at the Sanderson Centre in Brantford.

519 Magazine had a chat with Ian Thomas this week to catch up on what Lunch At Allen’s has been up to, as well as look back at the 45th anniversary of Ian’s debut album and massive hit Painted Ladies.

Describe Lunch at Allen's to someone that might not know what it is.
Describe Lunch at Allen's to someone that might not know what it is.
It probably wasn't very hard to convince everyone to be apart of this project then?
It probably wasn't very hard to convince everyone to be apart of this project then?
Is there someone you would have loved to have been part of the group that isn't?
Is there someone you would have loved to have been part of the group that isn't?
You donated your musical archives to MacMaster University. Most musicians keep it to themselve, why did you choose to donate it?
You donated your musical archives to MacMaster University. Most musicians keep it to themselve, why did you choose to donate it?
Is it accurate to say Songwriting is your passion?
Is it accurate to say Songwriting is your passion?
What's your song writing process?
What's your song writing process?
it's the 45th anniversary for your first album and Painted Ladies.
it's the 45th anniversary for your first album and Painted Ladies.
Did you know that was THE song when you recorded it?
Did you know that was THE song when you recorded it?
I want to talk a little bit about Painted Ladies specifically. How did that song get written and recorded?
I want to talk a little bit about Painted Ladies specifically. How did that song get written and recorded?
The song Hold On, still a great song. How did that come about?
The song Hold On, still a great song. How did that come about?
Back when you were cranking out the hits, there must have been some pressure on you to keep making those hits.
Back when you were cranking out the hits, there must have been some pressure on you to keep making those hits.
What's your secret for getting songs into the hands of people like Santana, America and Chicago?
What's your secret for getting songs into the hands of people like Santana, America and Chicago?
Of all the songs you've written that have been recorded by other, what are your favourites?
Of all the songs you've written that have been recorded by other, what are your favourites?
You've performed with full bands, Lunch at Allens and also with a symphony. Is it hard to shift between them?
You've performed with full bands, Lunch at Allens and also with a symphony. Is it hard to shift between them?
Do you have a favouite environment to play?
Do you have a favouite environment to play?
Has there ever been a moment where you and Dave got to do anything together?
Has there ever been a moment where you and Dave got to do anything together?