Adrian Nation performing in Lacombe
U.K. master guitarist Adrian Nation will bring his unique musical styling to Lacombe this weekend for a concert at St. Andrew’s United Church as part of a fundraising event for the Arts Endowment Fund. (Photo supplied)
Adrian Nation, a master guitarist from the U.K. will share his musical prowess and experiences this weekend.
Nation will be make a stop in Lacombe as part of his Alberta tour, performing at St. Andrew’s United Church on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. as part of a fundraiser for the Arts Endowment Fund.
Community Services Executive Assistant and organizer of the event, Maureen MacKenzie says those who attend are in for a real treat.
“He’s an amazing musician. I saw him last year and thought if he ever comes back, we need to bring him to Lacombe. He’s just that good,” she said.
Naturally, when she learned he was touring in Alberta again, she booked him for a fundraiser.
While he’s from Essex, England, his most recent album - Anarchy and Love - is based on his own personal experiences, including ones he had during his last tour in Canada.
“He’s such a great storyteller, and an incredible humanitarian. Some of his songs are incredibly heartfelt,” she said. “They’re so much fun to listen to. You actually feel like you’ve been on the road, travelling with him.”
His music is described as folk-style, similar to the likes of Gordon Lightfoot.
In conjunction with the concert, which will take place in the sanctuary, a silent auction and art sale will be held in the hall of the church.
Items up for auction include a signed guitar from k.d. lang, as well as a signed poster from her latest tour. There’s also a vintage F-60 Harmony guitar signed by Nation himself, in addition to a number of artwork pieces, artisan jewelry, and gift certificates.
Advance tickets for the concert and silent auction are $20 and can be purchased by phoning (403)782-6666. Tickets will also be available at the door for $25. All proceeds go wards the Arts Endowment Fund.
The fundraiser is crucial to maintaining the Arts Endowment program.
“Without events like this it would be extremely difficult to grow the endowment fund,” she said.
The Arts Endowment Fund disperses grants to residents of Lacombe and Lacombe County who are looking to advance careers and enjoyment in the arts.
To date, they’ve granted over $32,000 to musicians, singers, potters, painters, dancers, film makers and other artists.
For more information on the Arts Endowment Fund, or to apply for a grant, visit lacombe.ca/living/arts-culture/lacombe-arts-endowment-fund.
For more information on Adrian Nation, visit www.adriannation.com.