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Lizzy Hoyt Band
January 19, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
Opener – Jake Ian
Francois Biber, Vermilion Standard – September 15th, 2011
Since she could walk, Lizzy Hoyt played the fiddle and now she has The Royal Canadian Legion in her sights, as she’ll be opening the Vermilion Folk Club season on Sept. 24.
Locals may remember seeing Hoyt perform last year with Keri-Lynn Zwicker when Zwicker’s Cello player couldn’t make it. Hoyt filled in with her fiddle.
Hoyt says she looks forward to returning to the stage to share her unique style of Celtic music combined with country and folk influences.
“Audiences can expect a really energetic, upbeat show,” said Hoyt.
“I will perform fiddle tunes, cover songs people will know as well as my own recordings.”
In 2010 Hoyt released her second album in 2010 entitled HOME. It was with this recording Hoyt made the jump to combine traditional Celtic fiddling with country and folk music. Hoyt describes the recording as a “Canadian east meets west project.”[(In 2010] Hoyt was also named a top three finalist in the International John Lennon songwriting contest which featured thousands of songs written worldwide.
The song Vimy Ridge looks at the trying times felt by Canadian soldiers as they stormed the German stronghold in April 1917, three years after entering WWI. Until today it is still regarded as Canada’s greatest victory in WWI.
After a busy summer and fall packed with performances, Hoyt is traveling to Europe to shoot a music video for the song Vimy Ridge at the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France. Hoyt says her crew has been given permission by Veteran Affairs Canada and officials at the memorial to shoot a video for a song Hoyt spent two years writing.
“My favourite part of the job is performing the actual music,” said Hoyt who added her second visit to Vermilion will be another chance to interact with audiences and share her stories which is something she says helps audiences better understand her music.
“Both my parents were musicians so music isn’t a hobby for me it’s a part of my life. I need to play music and I love to perform and share it with others,” said Hoyt.
Born and currently residing in Edmonton, Hoyt is making the trip to Vermilion with guitarist and mandolin-player Chris Tabbert who she’s been working with ever since the release of HOME.
Hoyt said if audiences are looking for just a music show, this isn’t one.
“I really like to interact with my audience rather than just stand there and play songs,” said Hoyt. “I like to share what inspired me to write songs and share my experiences performing across the country.”
Hoyt remembers when she received her first full-size fiddle her mother gave her when she was 10 years old. Now at 26 it’s still Hoyt’s go to fiddle.
“I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” said Hoyt.
Jen Hoyer – SEE Magazine – August 12th, 2010
HOME – Album Review
Edmonton fiddler and singer/songwriter Lizzy Hoyt has put together a second album of traditional East Coast, original ballads and classic favourites. Home showcases Hoyt’s ease with the fiddle and guitar, her songwriting skills and her sweet vocals. If you’re a fan of the old standbys, Hoyt’s rendition of “St. Anne’s Reel” and “Star of the County Down” will warm your heart. And to prove she’s a prairie girl through and through, Hoyt lights an Irish fire under Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” The standout for me was Hoyt’s wistful vocals on one of her own ballads, the title track “Home.” Singing, “As the plane lands, I’m welcomed by a quilt of coloured fields / Oh, the Alberta sky gives me space to breath,” the track is a testament to Hoyt the songsmith. This album blends all of Hoyt’s skills together to prove she’s a true musician.