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Lundbreck hosts new season of Home Routes concerts

Thursday, 05 October 2017. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Lundbreck hosts new season of Home Routes concerts
Lundbreck hosts new season of Home Routes concerts

By Erin Fairhurst

Being on the road can be a tough haul for a musician. There’s the bad gas station food, the bleak stretches of empty highway, uncomfortable beds and the pang of being away from home. That’s why hosting a house concert can be a welcome reprieve for the musician, and a rewarding experience for the host.

House concerts are growing in popularity because they provide an intimate setting where performers can better connect with their audiences and don’t have to compete with the background noises of busy bars, restaurants or other typical venues.

Best of all, house concerts usually mean that new and emerging artists aren’t losing a cut of their ticket sales to venue fees, because all of the proceeds go directly into their guitar cases.

The Windsor Heritage Drop-In Centre in Lundbreck might not technically be a house, but it is a home away from home for many, and it is now in its third year of hosting a house concert series through the Home Routes organization.

Home Routes is a not-for-profit program designed to provide performance opportunities for emerging artists all over Canada. By connecting performers with host homes, new artists are connecting with new audiences in communities throughout the country.

Larry Kaludjer, president of the Windsor Heritage Drop-In Centre, says the centre is pleased to stay on as a host for the concert series for another year.

“Everyone just seems to enjoy it,” he says. “It goes over very well with the community.”

All shows start at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 at the door, or can be purchased in advance at the Shootin’ the Breeze office in Pincher Creek.

The first concert in the series took place in September. If you missed it, don’t worry, because there are still two more before Christmas.

Hailing from Nova Scotia, singer-songwriter Kev Corbett will be playing Oct. 26. He is known for his guitar picking and the storytelling he weaves into his lyrics and music.

Nov. 24 will see Matthew Hornell and Andrew Sneddon perform. These bluegrass musicians are also both East Coasters who play multiple instruments and are known for their unique and authentic sound.

Feb. 10 will mark the first concert for 2018 and will feature Sarah Jane Scouten, who has been playing folk music since she was 12. If you saw the Bombadils, featuring Sarah Frank and Luke Fraser, last November at their concert in Lundbreck, then you won’t want to miss out on this show as these artists have all studied and collaborated together.

March 11 is a performance by Vince Andrushko, a Winnipeg musician known for his country croon and toe-tappin’ blues.

Murfitt and Main will perform April 11. This Vancouver-based group are known for their sweet harmonies and mix of country, bluegrass and “western swing.”

Larry says he’s looking forward to all the performers, but in particular to the artist the centre is hosting in May (date to be determined) — Cecile Doo-Kingue, an acoustic jazz, folk and rock musician who Larry says has a unique sound.

“I think that concert will be something quite different,” he says.

All ticket sales go to the artists, and audience members get the satisfaction of not only supporting independent artists, but also filling the seats of the Windsor.

“It’s good exposure for the centre,”Larry says. “We like knowing it’s of use to the community.”

For more information on the Home Routes series, or to find out how to host your own house concert, please visit www.homeroutes.ca.

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