Live@Studio64 – Spring Concert Series
Concert #1: Lizzy Hoyt – Celtic Quartet
March 23 | 8 pm | Studio 64 | $24-$28, series pass $66-$72| members pay less | tickets available at Centre 64: 250-427-4919 or eastkootenay.snapd.com (check calendar)
Lizzzy Hoyt: New Lady on the Prairie
Entwining traditional and contemporary elements, Lizzy Hoyt delivers a diverse evening of music with soaring melodies rooted in Celtic and folk traditions.
Based on repertoire from her acclaimed album, “New Lady on the Prairie”, this show is a lyrical nod to the past — a collection of songs about Canadian history, immigration, women, war, love and family. Lizzy finely crafted songs for this album inspired by her maternal grandmother’s stories about their family tree. Due to her strong personal connection with the stories, Lizzy was able to create timeless songs that are touching, poignant and lyrically rich. For her work on this project, Lizzy was nominated for Songwriter of the Year (Western Canadian Music Awards), Solo Artist of the Year (Canadian Folk Music Awards), and Story Song of the Year (Independent Music Awards).
The repertoire list for this show includes some of these story songs mixed with favourites from Lizzy’s previous albums, some traditional Celtic songs, instrumental sets and a few covers by artists who have influenced her musical development (Dolly Parton, Rankin Family, Alison Krauss).
As a performer, Lizzy dazzles audiences with her diversity during this 90 minute show. Not only an accomplished songwriter, her gifts as a vocalist are highlighted as she sings with lyricism, gentleness and passion. Her talents as an instrumentalist are featured in spades: blistering fiddle sets, finger-style guitar, ancient melodies for Celtic harp and some percussive Cape Breton step-dancing.
Praised for her depth and diversity, you will love this powerful Celtic-folk performer!
Lizzy Hoyt Bio
Lizzy Hoyt possesses a crystalline voice of rare beauty that illuminates life’s experiences and poignantly connects with our deepest feelings and memories. Her voice has been described as “otherwordly”, “angelic”, “sweet” and “pure”, and as a singer, she has been praised for her “clarity and precision”. Those who have heard her distinct combination of lyricism, gentleness and passion, know that Lizzy Hoyt can be counted among Canada’s truly great singers.
An award-winning songwriter, Hoyt is known for bringing stories and history to life while touching on themes of home, war, immigration and love. Songs like “Vimy Ridge”, “White Feather” and “New Lady on the Prairie” which are rooted in Celtic and folk traditions, have garnered awards and nominations while connecting strongly with audiences across the country. In 2013, Lizzy was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada for her outstanding contribution to commemorating Canadian veterans and history through music.
Lizzy toured for ten years as a side musician before pursuing her own projects. During this time, she honed her skills as a multi-instrumentalist on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, harmony vocals and Celtic harp. She has been praised for her mastery of the fiddle, guitar and harp by the Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald, Penguin Eggs, Bluegrass Unlimited, Star News, and more. CBC’s Chris Della Torre calls her “a musician’s musician” and notes “fans that want their artists to play well can find that with [her]”.
Lizzy is a full-time musician who travels and tours throughout the year with her trio. She has performed at renowned folk festivals (Edmonton Folk Festival, Montreal Folk Festival, Goderich Celtic Roots Festivals), folk clubs (Calgary Folk Club, Nickelodeon Folk Club, Northern Lights Folk Club) and through performing arts networks across the country. Throughout her career, she has released four independent albums and two music videos. Selected awards and nominations include: Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee (Traditional Singer of the Year, Solo Artist of the Year) | Western Canadian Music Award Nominee (Songwriter of the Year) | Independent Music Award Nominee (Story Song, World Beat, A Capella Song of the Year) | International Acoustic Music Award (Female Artist of the Year) | Indie Acoustic Project – Multi-Genre Album of the Year Finalist | John Lennon Songwriting Contest Finalist | USA Songwriting Competition Finalist | Ten awards at international film festivals