Romance Valentine's Day music

By Geoff Lee

January 17, 2018 1:31 PM

Folk musicians Wendy Moore and Arthur McGregor will be performing a home concert in the man cave of Hal and Rhonda Burns house at 5732-51 St. in Lloydminster the evening of Feb. 14 —Valentine’s Day. Supplied Photo

Hal and Rhonda Burns are hosting a special music lovers night at their home on Valentine’s Day.
There will be a draw prize among the audience for a gift basket containing a bottle of wine, some CDs and a few other goodies for the Feb. 14 Home Routes concert.
This will be the first of three concerts in the Burns’ man cave in the early going of 2018.
The featured artists are veteran folk musicians Wendy Moore and Arthur McGregor from Ontario performing as Moore & McGregor.
“It sounds like she comes from a classical background and I think he’s originally from Scotland and he’s kind of a Celtic Scottish background,” said Hal.
He said they sound like some terrific musicians who have been around for awhile.
“They are more senior folks like me—they’ve been a mainstay of the folk music industry around the Ottawa area for decades—we’re looking forward to it for sure,” he said.
Chocolates from Rhonda’s MMM Chocolate business will also be sampled by guests that evening, in keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme.
“Everybody that shows up automatically doesn’t have to pay anything extra for it or anything,” said Hal, with tickets selling for $20 each.
They are available by calling the Burns at 780-872-1079 or 639-536-0955.
As for the hamper, Hal said, “It’s just a little something extra, hopefully to entice some people; those who show up have a chance for it.”
The core treat though promises to be the music itself that begins at 7:30 p.m.
Moore is classically trained and played oboe and English horn with the Kingston Symphony for many years and has managed and led the Celtic Rathskallions for over 15 years.
She sings, step-dances and also plays the harp and whistle.
Moore has also published two storybooks for children set to music.
McGregor is the founder of the Ottawa Folklore Centre who sings, plays guitar, autoharp, Appalachian dulcimer, bodhran, clawhammer-style banjo, djembe and mandolin.
They tour full time together and have been actively sharing their musical talents with audiences on both sides “of the pond” touring nationally and internationally.
Their debut album is titled, “Dream with Me” with some of the songs from the CD likely on their Valentine’s Day play list.
“I think they will probably play a pretty good mix of things,” said Hal.
“They are very good singers and musicians, so we’re looking forward to this one.
“It should be a really good.”
He reported they had a good crowd for the last concert of the fall series and are hoping it keep on a roll starting with the Moore & McGregor booking.
“We’re looking forward to it coming up again for sure,” said Hal.
Home Routes is a non-profit arts organization based in Manitoba that creates performance opportunities for musicians hosted in homes across Canada from September to April.
“Our second lady coming in March just had a new baby and doesn’t want to be travelling,” said Hal.
He said Home Routes has rescheduled another couple of artists from Vancouver that are coming out and will be named later.
Hal swears it was the just luck of the draw to be able to host a Valentine’ Day concert.
“I’m thinking people can go out for a nice meal and turn it into a whole evening and come listen to some great music at our house,” he said.
He added and his wife will enjoy the occasion by romancing the music and feeding their guests.
“We’ll waive our romantic evening out to have some fun with a whole bunch of folks,” said Hal with a chuckle.

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