Duo will fiddle for you

By Geoff Lee

March 14, 2018 2:13 PM

Jeff Dill, left and Miriam Sontenes from Victoria British Columbia will perform a concert Thursday at the home of Rhonda and Hal Burms in Lloydminster starting at 7:30 p.m. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

Find out for yourself Thursday why musicians Miriam Sontenes and Jeff Dill are second fiddle to no one.
The folk-roots duo based in Victoria British Columbia are on their first Home Routes tour together with a stop at the Lloydminster home of Rhonda and Hal Burns at 5732-51 Street.
“Oh I think it’s going to be a wonderful concert,” said Rhonda with doors open at 7 p.m.
“We haven’t had a fiddle player yet so I am looking forward to that.”
Miriam and Jeff, as the performers are known professionally, will play everything from bluegrass, old country, and Americana fiddle tunes to western swing with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.
Hank Williams, George Jones, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner are among their favourite singers and songwriters.
Their music has taken them across Canada on VIA Rail’s Artists on Board program, to Ireland, Louisiana and North Carolina.
The duo has been performing at house concerts and festivals for the past seven years, but this is their first tour throughout the Prairies.
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.
This is the second of three concerts the Burns are hosting in this winter series, with tickets to the concert going for $20 per adult and children 12 and under admitted for free.
“We are always welcoming new people,” said Rhonda, who provides a snack at intermission with guests asked to bring their own beverages as usual.
Call the Burns at 780-872-1079 or 639-536-0955 or email rhonda64burns@gmail.com to confirm your booking as space is limited.
Thursday’s concert follows a Valentine’s Day concert that Rhonda said was absolutely phenomenal with veteran folk musicians Wendy Moore and Arthur McGregor from Ontario.
“They were a really fun bunch and we probably had one of our best turnouts,” said Rhonda.
“We had 20 people there and at least eight couples.”
Miriam and Jeff are a replacement act for a lady performer who just had a baby and decided to stay at home and be a mom.
“You can’t really blame her,” said Rhonda.
The last performer in April will be Rob Lutes, a Montreal-based roots musician with songs that inhabit the intersection of blues, folk and Americana.
He’s been nominated for two 2018 Maple Blues Awards for acoustic act and songwriter of the year. 

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