Trio of folk music home concerts coming

Folk music is safe at home in Prince George this coming week.

Three shows by franco-Canadian folkie Justin Lacroix are happening in P.G., all of them held at someone's home.

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"Please join us for a great evening of food, drink, and song," said Jim and Lucy Beck, who are hosting one of the shows. These are arranged by the HomeRoutes house concert agency that works to place Canada's touring troubadours into these intimate environs across the country.

"From Winnipeg's French community emerges bilingual folk-rock poet, Justin Lacroix. A gentle yet fiery soul with a unique pen and a feel for a good groove, this accomplished guitar player and dynamic singer offers up a fresh new sound," said a Home Routes statement.

"Since his introduction to the music scene in 2003, Lacroix has been sharing his original 'Funky Folk-Rock' (in French and English) with audiences from coast to coast, becoming increasingly well known for his heartfelt songs, his engaging live concerts and his raw talent."

These concerts are at the invitation of private homeowners like the Becks, so getting in requires that you know the hosts in order to buy tickets directly, or go to the Home Routes website and fill out the online purchase form for the date you prefer.

Lacroix has dates on the Home Routes menu for Prince George on Saturday, as well as March 8 and 16 (listed as Miworth), Vanderhoof (March 15), Fraser Lake (March 9), Burns Lake (March 14), Mackenzie (March 7), and other locations around the northern B.C. region.

Prices are typically about $20 to attend, sometimes food is provided and sometimes the hosts ask for a contribution to the kitchen. All the money raised goes to the performer.

Home Routes helps schedule a number of artists into this area, so check out their online schedule for other musicians you might enjoy.

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