LIZZY HOYT, NEW LADY ON THE PRAIRIE
Blue Crown Productions
Lizzy Hoyt is an award-winning Canadian artist from the Alberta area. She has an angelic vocal which suits the Celtic, folk, and bluegrass selections on this project. She’s accompanied by John Reischman (mandolin and also co-produced), Joe Phillips (bass), Becky Moonen (harmony), Nathan McCavana (bodhran), Craig Bignell (percussion), Andy Hillhouse (guitar), Keith Rempel (bass), Jeremiah McDade (whistle), Ivan Rosenberg (resonator guitar), and Christine Hanson (cello).
Many of the songs were written by Hoyt and include the title-cut “New Lady On The Prairie,” “The Pantheon,” “Next To Me,” “Relentless,” and “Jubilee Reel.” Other selections include “Wars Of Germany,” “The Blacksmith,” and the classic “Danny Boy.” One highlight is her version of the French-Canadian folk song “V’la L’bon Vent/Go Good Wind.” Others are “The Pantheon,” the haunting “Quiet Space And My Heart,” and the a cappella “White Feather.” Hoyt is a very good fiddler and can play softly and plaintively or more aggressively in the Canadian step-dance tradition. And as before, her vocals are sweet and angelic, but she can wrench a mournful delivery with equal ease. This is a very good project to showcase this talented new lady of the prairie. (Blue Crown Prod., P.O. Box 8146, Calgary, AB T3A-5C4 Canada, www.lizzthoyt.com.)BF