By Gavin Crites
Three outstanding acts are slated for the 14th Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert coming up on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Joining renowned, Alberta-based singer and songwriter Tim Hus at Martin Exeter Hall in 100 Mile House are Jeremy Willis and Mag Mawhinney.
Fans might remember Hus from his performance at the Cowboy Concert in 2009, and its hosts are lucky to have him back, says organizer Mark McMillan.
Hus has played with well-known Canadian country music acts like Corb Lund and Ian Tyson. He also toured with the iconic Stompin’ Tom Connors.
“He’s really getting a pretty good name for himself,” McMillan says of Hus. “He’s done pretty impressive stuff.”
Willis, currently of Kelowna, was born and raised in a ranching community in the British Columbia Interior. It’s his first time performing at the Cowboy Concert.
“He’s a great cowboy singer,” McMillan says.
“He has a nice, deep, baritone voice that’s easy to listen to, and true to his roots.”
This year’s event is also a first for cowboy poet Mawhinney, from Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island.
“She’s humorous and fun. Her work is poetry.”
Because of its popularity in recent years, a matinee performance had to be added.
The Jan. 18 concert starts with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. before an evening show at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15 and available at Work ‘N’ Play Clothing Company, 100 Mile Feed and Ranch Supply and The Log House Western Wear. For more information, contact 1-888-763-2221.
The first 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert was held in 2000.
It was a fundraiser for Danny Lytton, a former resident of the Cariboo Region who earlier that year was injured in a roping accident at a Princeton rodeo that left him a paraplegic.
It’s said Lytton, who passed away in 2012, never lost his ranching ways, however, and was inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2005.
The honour is presented to the candidates by the BC Cowboy Heritage Society.
The 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert benefits a BC Cowboy Heritage Society student scholarship.