Although she was performing to crowd, Liona Boyd brought a feeling of cozy intimacy to her concert at First United Church.
Boyd, accompanied by Andrew Dolson, provided an evening of musical entertainment, with both classical guitar and voice, on Nov. 10. Between pieces she related a few stories from her past, often resulting in laughter from the audience. She briefly talked about her relationship with Pierre Trudeau, who she dated, her friendship with Prince Philip, who became a pen pal, and sang a song she wrote about her father.
“I had a wild adventurous life all over the world,” she said.
A renowned classical guitarist since the mid-70s, Boyd only began singing in public a few years ago, after a condition called focal dystonia limited movement in the middle finger of her right hand. She may not be able to do everything the way she once could, but she’s adjusted her performances so that fans still feel they’ve been treated to a great show. The Truro concert included everything from hauntingly beautiful music to a tune with a country feel.
Boyd says her first love is the guitar and she recited a heartfelt poem she wrote to it.
Andrew Dolson, who is a classical guitarist and singer, performed several pieces with Boyd, as well as some solo ones, treating people to a very talented and powerful voice.
During the show she told the story of how her family noticed an article and photo of him in a magazine (he was doing fashion modeling) and thought he would be the ideal person to tour with her. When she first tried to contact him he was rock climbing on a mountain and he discarded the message, not thinking she would really be trying to reach him. When he got another message and discovered it was genuine he quickly left the mountain for an audition.
The talented Truro Youth Singers were also on stage during the evening, performing both on their own and with Boyd and Dolson.