Twilight concerts continue with Babe Gurr, Piper Down

The weekly shows happen Wednesday and Fridays at Fraser River Heritage Park

Babe Gurr will be performing at the Envision Twilight Concert Series at Fraser River Heritage Park on Friday.

The Envision Twilight Concert Series proudly presents Babe Gurr at Fraser River Heritage Park on Friday, Aug. 24 from 7 to 8 p.m.

This award-winning roots/rock singer-songwriter has been turning heads for years with her blend of roots/blues/pop. Her warm and sultry voice, intelligent lyrics, memorable melodies and savvy personality add up to pretty much everything you want to see on a stage. Gurr’s songwriting has recently won her the Sonic Bids Nashville Song Contest, garnered honourable mention for three songs in the acclaimed Billboard World Song Contest, and she was selected as a finalist for two self-penned tunes in the 12th Great American Song Contest.

Her 2011 release SideDish took her in a new direction, exploring world music fused with her own unique roots style – ethno-roots, Italian, Spanish, Middle-Eastern, Brazilian and New Orleans influences are the backdrop of the musical landscape.

Gurr’s music has been compared to Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt and Sheryl Crow, yet she still retains her own sound and style. She has played at festivals across Canada and concert halls from Vancouver Island to the Maritimes as well as U.S. dates in New York and Seattle.

The Envision Twilight Concert Series welcomes Piper Down back to the park on Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Blending traditional folk, Celtic, country, contemporary songs, sea shanties, instrumentals, and cleverly crafted humour, Piper Down has been the recipient of numerous accolades including being voted the most popular band of a previous year’s Twilight Concert Series.

Influenced by Maritime folk groups, Piper Down has sculpted a distinctly unique sound. A variety of instruments, strong four-part harmonies, and crowd-pleasing interaction, attributes to the group’s depth. Formed about 13 years ago, Piper Down has been sharing their diverse repertoire of Celtic, Canadian, British, and American folk music at events from pub nights to international symposiums, and earning new fans at each performance.

The success of the Envision Twilight Concert Series is due in large part to the volunteer efforts and enthusiasm of many Mission and area residents. In recognition of these loyal guests and volunteers, Envision will be hosting a special “night of thanks” on Aug. 29. The series sponsor will offer fresh Chilliwack corn on the cob to the first 500 concert-goers in appreciation of their support.

The Art in the Park program continues with a variety of visual artists presenting their work each evening of Twilight.

“Envision has been proud to support the Envision Twilight Concert Series for the past 12 years,” says Carol Hamilton, branch manager at Envision Financial’s Mission location. “This is a wonderful series that provides local artists with the chance to perform in a relaxed and casual atmosphere while the community enjoys various musical genres ranging from jazz, blues and folk to country, rock and pop.”

Bring a lawn chair or blanket for a fun evening at the park.  The Blackberry Kitchen and The Log Cabin Café are open. Envision Twilight Concerts are a community, free-by-donation series. For more information call 604-826-0277.

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