Burns dust off welcome mat

By Geoff Lee

May 17, 2018 3:07 PM

The Burns are rolling out the carpet to welcome Manitoba musicians Logan McKillop and Madeleine Rogers to play in their basement at 5732-51 Street on May 22. Supplied Photo

Call it an encore performance at the home of Hal and Rhonda Burns in Lloydminster.
The perennial hosts of the Home Routes series concerts wrapped up their current season in April, but they just couldn’t say no to a request from two touring Manitoba musicians for a special one-night show.
The Burns are rolling out the carpet to welcome Manitoba musicians Logan McKillop and Madeleine Rogers to play in their basement at 5732-51 Street on May 22.
“Since Home Routes is done for the season, we thought what the heck, we’ll continue this for one more,” said Hal.
“We’re pretty excited about it; they are a couple of people we know.”’
McKillop is a songwriter/guitarist and storyteller from the small town of Onanole, Man., who released a 20 song debut album Prairie Sky in 2013.
Hal said they tried to get Logan a few times before, but his availability conflicted with the Home Routes season.
Roger and her twin brother Lucas played at their house a couple of seasons ago as Roger and Roger.
“She’s kind of breaking out and doing some things are her own—she’s got a new CD coming out in the fall as a single artist,” said Hal.
Roger is a contemporary folksinger from Winnipeg who has also played at The Root in Lloydminster a couple of times in the past.
He said she’s hooked up with McKillop who is kind of a ‘hired gun type of guy’ who plays with a bunch of different groups and is just coming off a tour last week with Kevin Roy from Winnipeg.
“Now he’s starting with Madeleine in the next couple of weeks on another west coast swing,” said Hal.
“We’re excited to have them; they are both up and coming artists.”
Call ahead at 780-872-1079 or 639-536-0955 or email rhonda64burns@gmail.com to confirm as seating is limited.
Tickets are just $20 at the door and children 12 and under are admitted free when the doors open at 7 p.m.
The Burns’ final Home Routes concert of the season on April 20 hosting singer-songwriter Rob Lutes attracted 28 people, the most they’ve ever accommodated.
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.
“It seems like it’s catching on and the numbers are definitely getting bigger,” said Hal.

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