Celtic music performer Lizzy Hoyt performs at Shambhala Hall



Lizzy Hoyt, an award-winning Canadian singer and songwriter who ranks among the country’s top Celtic instrumentalists, arrives in West Kootenay next month.

Hoyt will appear on November 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Shambhala Hall in Nelson.

This is the second show in the 2014-2015 Selkirk Pro-Musica concert series.

With the voice of an angel, Hoyt delivers music and stories with soaring melodies rooted in Celtic and folk traditions. And, she will dazzle you with her talents on violin, guitar, mandolin, harp and step-dance.

Hoyt’s recently released fourth album, New Lady on the Prairie (produced by John Reischman and Lizzy Hoyt) demonstrates a mature and refined “transatlantic” sound that mixes influences from Celtic, bluegrass and folk traditions.

The title track, inspired by Lizzy’s great-great-aunt who immigrated to Canada from Ireland in the early 1900s, demonstrates her ability to create songs that are touching, poignant and rich in lyrics. His arrangements are detailed and atmospheric, and his talents as a multi-instrumentalist are in the spotlight.

The album also features some of Canada’s best musicians including John Reischman, Ivan Rosenberg, Joe Phillips, Christine Hanson, Jeremiah McDade and more. Hoyts’ music is recognized both nationally and internationally.

She won “Best Female Artist” at the Eighth International Acoustic Music Awards (a competition that saw over 11,000 applicants), was nominated for the Canadian Folk Music Award for “Traditional Singer of the Year” and was named a finalist in both the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and Songwriting Competition in the United States.

Additionally, Lizzy received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Governor General of Canada for her outstanding contribution to commemorating veterans and Canadian history through music.

In addition to her concert on November 10, Lizzy will perform in the Selkirk Pro-Musica Youth Engagement School Concert Series, sponsored by the BC Touring Fund, at JV, Humphries School in Kaslo on November 7.

Hoyt is also offering a workshop for advanced violin players on November 10 at 1:30 p.m. (location to be determined).

Tickets for the November 10 shoot are available from Otter Books or at the door for $ 15.

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