Parksville-raised singer-songwriter Beth Marie Anderson has just released a new Christmas album, and hometown fans are invited to hear the music directly from the source this weekend.
Anderson will perform a pair of intimate, acoustic shows of songs and stories Dec. 1 and 2, at 7 p.m. each evening at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville. They are part of a nine-date Vancouver Island tour on what has become an annual holiday season tradition.
“I love making my audience feel like they are in my living room,” said Anderson, who now makes her home in Victoria.
Anderson said each show will be an evening of original songs, stories behind the songs and Christmas classics.
Anderson, who won honourable mention in this year’s Canadian Songwriters Awards, co-wrote each of the original songs on the album, which she co-produced with Juno/CCMA-nominated musician Jordan Honsinger. The record features backing by a number of multi-Grammy winning musicians, Anderson said, and CDs will be available to purchase at the concerts.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. each evening at the MAC, 133 McMillan St. in Parksville. Tickets are $15 and are available in advance, while supplies last, at Mulberry Bush Bookstores in Parksville and Qualicum Beach. Seating is limited.
— NEWS staff and Beth Marie Anderson release