Road warrior on her way

By Geoff Lee

November 22, 2017 1:55 PM

Yukon singer/songwriter, Kim Beggs will perform a house concert in Lloydminster the evening of Nov. 28, a Tuesday, at Hal and Rhonda Burns’ house as part of the Home Routes Concert series. Tickets are $20 for adults and children 12 and under free. SUPPLIED PHOTO

Hal and Rhonda Burns are hosting a musical female road warrior for the final Home Routes Concert of the fall at their house in Lloydminster.
Kim Beggs, a well travelled singer/songwriter from the Yukon, will perform in the Burns’ basement at 5732-51 Street the evening of Nov. 28.
“She will have been on the road probably two months by the time she hits our house,” said Hal.
“She’s a road warrior it seems—that’s a long stretch to be on the road—that’s the life of a touring musician I guess.”
Beggs hit the road immediately following the release of her fifth solo album Said Little Sparrow on Oct. 1.
She’s been accompanied all along the way by Winnipeg-based Marcel Desilets on banjo, dobro and harmony, who will be at the Lloydminster concert as well.
Beggs has garnered six Western Canadian Music Award nominations and three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations to date.
“We’ve been listening to her CD quite a bit lately and she’s been around and is getting some good accolades for this,” said Hal.
He describes her as pretty much a singer/ songwriter who writes a lot about the north and Canadian stuff the audience should like.
“She’s really kind of a storyteller and she’s been doing this quite a long time, so I’m sure she’ll have lots of stories and lots of things to talk about in between the great songs,” said Hal.
Tickets are $20 and children are free for this Tuesday night concert that starts at 7:30 p.m.
As usual, Home Routes guests are asked to bring their own beverages and a friend, while the hosts provide the audience with a snack during the intermission.
Beggs gave locals a taste of what to expect when she played at the Bale House near Kitscoty on Oct. 29.
“I think she’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Hal.
“Anyone who saw her then is welcome to come and get a second shot of Kim when she tours through here again.”
He said she seems to have a lot of Canadian themes in the her music which people can relate to.
Beggs is the last of three performers the Burns have hosted on the Chautauqua Trail of the Home Routes concert series covering the Lloydminster area this fall with the series resuming in February.
“We’ve had pretty good attendance and everybody that came really enjoyed themselves and the artists had a lot of fun,” said Hal.
“This year, we are the last stop on the tour which is a little bit different, so some of them are a little bit worn out by the time they get done, but everybody’s really being enjoying it so far.”
He says it’s always a fun time and they are always looking for a larger audience to host.
“We’ve got room for 20 to 25 if we pushed it, but so far, the audience has been between 12 and 20,” he said.
He also noted the house concerts have also been well received by the neighbours with no red flag issues popping up in their third year of holding them.
He said some of their neighbours are steady customers and with concerts in the evening it’s not a big deal parking wise.
“The music doesn’t carry any further than the basement, so anybody walking by wouldn’t even know there was something going on,” said Hal.

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