Touring musician elopes on P.E.I. between gigs

When Joey Landreth came to P.E.I. last weekend as the opening act for Fortunate Ones, the Island made a big impression on the musician and his fiancée — so big they decided on the spur of the moment to tie the knot here.

'The romantic scenery of Atlantic Canada just got to us!'

'It felt really right, it was really nice,' said Anna Salgado of the spur-of-the-moment decision to marry on P.E.I. (Joey Landreth/Facebook)

When Joey Landreth came to P.E.I. last weekend as the opening act for Fortunate Ones, the Island made a big impression on the musician and his fiancée — so big they decided on the spur of the moment to tie the knot here. 

Landreth and the indie-pop duo Fortunate Ones were on P.E.I. for the weekend, with a gig on Friday and Saturday night at The Mack in Charlottetown. 

We just felt struck in the moment to do it, so we did.— Anna Salgado

"It was just a day like any day on a tour like any other tour," Landreth told Mainstreet P.E.I.'s Angela Walker. 

Landreth has been on the road since Aug. 22 with only short breaks, he said, so when the opportunity came up to tour Eastern Canada with Fortunate Ones he jumped at the chance — but only if his fiancée Anna Salgado could come too. 

'Felt really right'

"We'd been apart for over a month at that point, it was just the romantic scenery of Atlantic Canada just got to us!" Landreth said. "Anna said, 'What if we just got married on this trip?'"

Fortunate Ones' Andrew James O'Brien, left, and Catherine Allan, second from left, were the couple's witnesses and photographers. (Joey Landreth/Facebook)

The two had been together for six years and planned to marry in September 2019 in a small ceremony. 

"We just felt struck in the moment to do it, so we did," said Salgado. "And it felt really right, it was really nice." 

They got a marriage licence in Charlottetown and with help from marriage commissioner Wendell Cameron, quickly found a venue: Holman's Ice Cream Parlour in Summerside, a restored Victorian home with period furnishings.

It was a "gorgeous spot, wound up being absolutely perfect," said Landreth. They married on Saturday afternoon before Landreth's show. 

Fortunate Ones decorated the tour van for the newlyweds. (Joey Landreth/Facebook)

Catherine Allan and Andrew James O'Brien of Fortunate Ones were the couple's witnesses, took all the wedding photos and even decorated their tour van for the occasion.

The couple's friends were surprised but not upset, they said. And it gives Landreth lots to chat about to his audience between songs, he said. 

The couple was planning to be married in about a year's time. (joey Landreth/Facebook)

"Oh yeah, I am milking that for the merch table!" he said with a laugh. 

Landreth is from Winnipeg and plays electric bluesy folk. His latest single is Forgiveness, following up last year's debut album Whiskey. He also tours with his older brother in the Juno-award winning The Bros. Landreth, who are planning a new album next year. 

Holman's Ice Cream Parlour in Summerside was a 'gorgeous spot, wound up being absolutely perfect,' says Joey Landreth, left. (Joey Landreth/Facebook)

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With files from Mainstreet P.E.I.