The Thompson Rivers University Faculty Association sponsors a series of free performances called Live at TRU at the Alumni Theatre in the Clocktower. The most recent performance was on Thursday, Dec. 7. The western Canadian based group, the Lizzie Hoyt Trio, performed before a large audience of students, staff and members of the general public. The multi-talented, Lizzy Hoyt sang, played fiddle, guitar and harp. She, also, showed off some dance steps near the end of her show.
“The multi-talented, Lizzy Hoyt sang, played fiddle, guitar and harp.”
The Christmas themed show contained a selection of ancient and modern carols. Some of the older carols were “Good King Wenceslas,” “In the Bleak Midwinter” and” O Come O Come Emannuel.” Next, they played selections from some of her recent albums. Hoyt regaled the audience with family stories and played songs that reflected both sides of her family. A highlight of her performance was her song “New Lady on the Prairie.” It is the story of an immigrant bride that ends up in northern Alberta in the distant past. Near the end of the show she did an instrumental medley of modern Christmas music. Hoyt sang in both English and French, and had a great rapport with the audience. She explained the backstory behind many of the songs that the trio played, often including a bit of humour. She had superb backing by Keith Rempel, bass and harmony vocals, and Chris Tabbert, guitar and mandolin.
Listen to Jim and his show Jazz Notes every Wednesday 5-7 PM.