Linda McRae and Thad Beckman
ST JAMES HALL i
3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
The BC Entertainment Hall of Fame recognizes those who have left an indelible mark on BC’s entertainment industry and cultural landscape. The 2016 Pioneer inductees include Rogue Folk Club's Artistic Director Steve Edge and singer/songwriter Linda McRae. The official awards ceremony will take place as part of this evening's show at the St. James Hall, starting at 7:30pm. Don't miss out on witnessing this historic event!
Linda McRae is a Canadian born, US based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has built a following through amazing albums and a tireless international touring schedule. Performing on banjo, guitar and accordion her warm and world-weary voice, unforgettable melodies and thought-provoking lyrics, make McRae a captivating and sought-after artist. Linda has performed in venues as diverse as Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre and New Folsom Prison, where she performs and facilitates writing workshops for the inmates. These experiences lead to the creation of her Express Yourself Writing Workshops currently being presented in detox centres, alternative schools, and youth and adult correctional facilities across North America. Linda’s last album, released to great critical acclaim, was produced by Steve Dawson, another former Vancouverite now living in Nashville.
"When all the trends fade and become dated, and all the music from the cutting edge becomes dull, Linda McRae will continue to stand tall, singing and playing music with honest soul and humility, cutting through the fog with her timeless clarity. Linda is one of the true, soulful pioneers of honest roots music." - Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, Bob Dylan)
"Linda's absolute love of traditional roots music runs deep down into the Appalachian dirt, and it shows in everything she does. Total commitment! “ - Gurf Morlix (Slaid Cleaves, Mary Gauthier, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Lucinda Williams)
"One song breaks your heart, the next one puts it back together." (Fernando Pinto: Promoter, Oddball Events)
Thad Beckman has been performing professionally since 1980 in clubs, theatres, radio and television in The USA, Canada and Europe including several performances at many festivals, most notably The Kerrville Folk Festival (main stage) and The Portland Waterfront Blues Festival. He has recorded nine albums of his own trademark bluesy material. From 2009 to 2015, Thad was guitarist for Tom Russell, including performances on The Late, Late Show with David Letterman, Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble and theaters, clubs, radio, television and festivals throughout the USA, Canada and Europe.
“Beckman plays an engaging blend of folk, singer-songwriter and blues music. Not everyone can pull off such a combination, but Beckman has chops, writing talent, a big personality and a bag full of true stories which all dovetail for a cool show.” - Jim Beal (San Antonio Express-News).
Here's a fun fact: Thad and Linda first met when they shared a night at The Rogue last November, and now they are touring together!