Emma Beaton returns to the local stage

Lead singer of Joy Kills Sorrow returns after a three-month tour

Emma Beaton and Nic Gareiss to play Oct. 20 at the Oceanside Community Baptist Church.

Emma Beaton and Nic Gareiss to play Oct. 20 at the Oceanside Community Baptist Church.

Multi-talented local musician Emma Beaton has been one busy lady, touring with her stringboard band Joy Kills Sorrow but she is back home for a bit of R and R and to perform with Nic Gareiss Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Oceanside Community Baptist Church.

The two, who were nominated for the Canadian Folk Music Award Traditional Singer of the Year with their self-titled CD, have both been so busy they have only now found time to tour with their CD.  They will be in Qualicum Beach, Seattle, Vancouver and Campbell River this month.

Beaton said this is only the second time they have toured together and she is looking forward to their five shows where they will perform traditional ballads, folk songs and originals.

The folk duo first met at several music camps and began playing together late at night after square dances and evening-long fiddle tunes sessions. The songs they sang became the last music of the night.  Their music to date is inventive and diverse and grounded in Celtic and Americana traditions.

Beaton, lead singer of the critically-acclaimed ensemble Joy Kills Sorrow, is coming off a three-month tour.

As a singer Gareiss has soft subtle tones and paired with Beaton’s clear voice their sound has been called delicate and broken and perfectly sweet.The audience on hand for the Thursday night show will get to enjoy some of his fancy footwork and Beaton said she will leave the dancing to him.

Tickets for the Oct. 20 show are $20 and can be purchased at the Vintage Candy Shop in Qualicum Beach.  Doors open at 7 with the show at 7:30 p.m.