Laura Smith

Nationally acclaimed folksinger to perform at Beatty House

A nationally acclaimed folksinger will visit the Beatty House on Feb. 16 and her show promises to be well worth attending.

A nationally acclaimed folksinger will visit the Beatty House on Feb. 16 and her show promises to be well worth attending.

Laura Smith, well known in the Canadian music scene, has received numerous awards and nominations. She is best known for her 1995 single, Shade of Your Love, a song which became one of the year’s biggest hits on adult contemporary radio stations in Canada. She is also well known for the song, ‘MyBonny,’ which is her own interpretation of the Scottish song, ‘My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean. Smith’s rendition of ‘My Bonny’ recorded with The Chieftains in 2010 was named Song of the Decade byLiveIreland.

Smith has received two Juno nominations, a Gemini award for the televised performance she gave to honour Peter Gzowski atThe Governor General’s Awards and an honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Mount Sait Vincent University to honour her songwriting.

She also received two East Coast Music Awards for her second project ‘B’tween the Earth and My Soul’ and several nomination for her recording, ‘It’s a Personal Thing.’

After a 10-year break from the music scene, Smith released ‘Everything is Moving’ on the Borealis label on April 23, 2013.

The album is full of tunes from Smith’s own musical heritage and her voice is described as a warm but serious lived-incontralto full of strength, experience and emotion.

Smith has lived in Cape Breton since 1984 and has performed in venues around the world as a singer, songwriter and actress.

Bronwen Jones from the Beatty house said the Laura Smith concert is not a Home Routes concert, but the Beatty House Societyis using the same format as it does for those concerts.

She said she is excited about the concert.

“The singer, Laura Smith was very well known particularly in the 1990’s as she got a lot of air play on CBC for her songs ‘MyBonny’ and ‘Shade of Your Love’. She was also the subject of a CBC radio documentary about her battle with addiction to painmedication after three accidents. After being encouraged by friends and peers to start recording again she’s put out anothercollection of songs a couple of years ago, and is touring Alberta with this new music.”

Tickets are available at Stationery Stories and Sounds, Main Street Rimbey. For information call Teri at 403-843-6497 orbhhsociety@gmail.com