Doyle ready for ‘home­com­ing’ con­cert at Lyric The­atre

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS - > Scott An­der­son

You can’t blame El­iza Doyle for feel­ing right at home on the Lyric The­atre stage.

Doyle and her Heart­strings band­mates will be host­ing a CD Release con­cert at the Lyric The­atre on Sept. 13, and she def­i­nitely will not be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing stage jit­ters dur­ing her first per­for­mance on stage since re­turn­ing to the com­mu­nity to work.

Mu­sic has been an im­por­tant part of Doyle’s life since she left to pur­sue her ed­u­ca­tion de­gree af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Swift Cur­rent Com­pre­hen­sive High School in 2000.

Doyle was a mem­ber of Saskatchew­an sen­sa­tions The Cracker Cats, she per­forms in the duo The Moon­shine Misses, and her last show in Swift Cur­rent was back on June 12 with The Hard Ram­blers and the Moon­shine Misses. Her mu­si­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties have lit­er­ally taken her coast-to-coast plus on a Euro­pean tour, along with nu­mer­ous fes­ti­vals and over 500 con­cert dates.

As the banjo player and vo­cal­ist for Heart­strings, while her tour­ing com­mitt­ments have slowed, her pas­sion for mu­sic con­tin­ues to burn brightly.

“With the Cracker Cats we did a lot of tour­ing. We were al­ways on the road – across Canada, we went over the Europe, and we just played quite a lot. With Heart­strings, we don’t re­ally move around as much. We do tour, but it’s not three months at a time.”

“It’s less about hit­ting the road, it’s more about play­ing al­most more lo­cally with this group.”

Heart­strings are tour­ing, at a more leisurely pace, in sup­port of their sec­ond release, In A Land Far Away that Is Fair. The de­but CD release con­cert was held in con­junc­tion with the North­ern Lights Blue­grass Fes­ti­val in mid Au­gust, and this will be the fifth lo­ca­tion where they are un­veil­ing their new ma­te­rial.

Heart­strings, de­scribed as Saskatchew­an’s five-piece su­per-alt-coun­try-roots group, fea­ture some of the prov­ince’s best tra­di­tional blue­grass mu­si­cians: Doyle, Melissa Ny­gren, Joey Lorer, Lu­cas Goetz, and Jody Weger.

“It will be kind of an eclec­tic mix of down-to-earth, folky, blue­grass, coun­try songs,” she said of what peo­ple can ex­pect dur­ing their up­com­ing show.

On their lat­est release, Doyle han­dles lead vo­cals on four songs she wrote for the CD (Wa­ter Into Wine, Molly Brown, Boys In The Street, plus Fin­land Woods).

Her Moon­shine Misses and Cracker Cats band­mate Ny­gren wrote five of the other six songs on the release and han­dles those lead vo­cals. The only cover ver­sion on the CD is the clas­sic coun­try song Amelia Earhart writ­ten by Red River Dave McEn­ergy.

Doyle notes she has been play­ing the banjo since 2001, mak­ing a rad­i­cal de­par­ture from the trom­bone she played in the SCCHS mu­sic pro­gram. Ad­mit­tedly, her par­ents are both mu­si­cal, with her fa­ther play­ing the banjo and her mother play­ing fid­dle.

“I was 19 when I started play­ing banjo. I didn’t get any train­ing from them, but I al­ready had the mu­sic in my mind be­cause I grew up around blue­grass mu­sic and coun­try mu­sic. When I started play­ing I picked it up re­ally fast.”

She busked her way across Canada in 2003, play­ing her banjo, ac­com­pa­nied by a friend on the man­dolin. By 2005 she was tour­ing with the Cracker Cats, tour­ing in Europe and play­ing at fes­ti­vals across Canada.

“The banjo isn’t a fairly com­mon in­stru­ment, so many times at par­ties I’m the only banjo player around. It would be re­ally nice to meet more clawham­mer banjo play­ers.”

“It’s more of that moun­tain, Ap­palachian kind of style.”

Ad­vance tick­ets for their Sept. 13 8 p.m. show are avail­able at Phar­masave. Mi­nors are wel­come, ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. Tick­ets are $15 for adults. 12 and un­der free. $10 for stu­dents or low­in­come. Tick­ets at the door.

T he 103-room Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press Ho­tel and Suites in Swift Cur­rent is now open for busi­ness. The ho­tel opened their doors on Aug. 21, be­com­ing the fifth Hol­i­day Inn lo­ca­tion in Saskatchew­an. The newly-built prop­erty show­cases the Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press...

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