Kate Weekes

A&E column: Singer-songwriters top latest artists coming to Duncan

Plus: What’s on tap at the Duncan Showroom

The chapel at Providence Farm is the ninth stop for award-winning songwriter and guitarist Lynne Hanson on her Canadian tour celebrating her new album Just Words.

The show is being presented by the Cowichan Folk Guild.

Too tough for folk and too blues influenced for country, Hanson’s music is described as “porch music with a little red dirt.”

At the age of 14, she picked up her brother’s old acoustic guitar and hasn’t looked back. Sober since 2011, Hanson’s music explores some of the tougher side of living and Just Words shows that with a new sound: electric guitar.

Jim Bryson produced the album.

“I felt he could help me to achieve the sound I’m looking for by including elements of a more contemporary ‘indie’ sound while still staying within the ‘roots music’ genre,” she said.

The doors open at 7 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets are $20.

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Singer-songwriter Kate Weeks, joined by musician/producer James Stephens will be at the Duncan Showroom on Feb. 13 in support of the release of her third solo album Taken By Surprise. The tour stop is one of five in the Vancouver/Vancouver Island area.

After spending nearly a decade in the Yukon, Weekes is now based in Gatineau Hills, Quebec. She’s more than familiar with Vancouver Island, however, having spent the summer of 2019 as a hiking guide on the West Coast Trail.

She’s spent time as a dog-musher in Norway, touring with a swing band in China and has paddled from Whitehorse to Dawson City.

It’s through her travels that her music is born.

“Wherever I am traveling comes out in my songs,” she said.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the door.

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Wondering what else is going on at the Duncan Showroom? There’s something going on nearly every day in February for music lovers, documentary watchers, board games and more — but let’s be honest, it’s mostly about the music.

On Feb. 1 the music of Renfrew Road will take over the room. Eowyn McEwen and Christian Bergen are two independent artists who linked up in early 2018. Both grew up in the Cowichan Valley and have spent many years exploring their musical talents through song writing and performing. This will be their first Showroom visit. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

On Feb. 6 Lynne Miles takes over for a solo concert.

“I have had the wonderful opportunity to make sure Lynn has performed in Duncan for near 30 years now,” said Longevity John Falkner. “She’s still winning awards for her songwriting and performing skills and most of all, winning the hearts of her audience with her vocal prowess/her charmin’ wit/her most excellent deliveries and personable interchange with the audiences at hand.”

Miles’s performance will feature special guest Malakai.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

The following night, Feb. 7, Saije takes to the Showroom stage. According to Longevity John, they’re a multi-instrumental folk duo touring Australia and Canada whose soulful harmonies, dynamic guitar-lines and percussive breakdowns breathe life into heartfelt stories.

“Think gypsy/Celtic influences,” he said. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.



sarah.simpson@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

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