Surrey Civic Theatres presents An Evening with Jim Byrnes and special guest The Pat Chessell Band—soulful blues and Celto-Canadian folk—at the Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre on November 4, 8pm. Running time is approximately 2 hours 20 minutes, including intermission. Tickets are $25 to $40, including all fees. Box Office: 604-501-5566 | 13750–88 Avenue. Tickets Online: tickets.surrey.ca.
There’s nothing more powerful than a good song, and nobody knows that better than legendary blues singer and guitarist Jim Byrnes. With “vocals that go down as smoothly as your favourite bourbon” and a new album, Byrnes pays tribute to his hometown, St. Louis, and the great blues music he grew up on. Accompanied by Lindsay Mitchell on guitar, Byrnes will sing from a playlist of fan favourites as well as songs from his new record. Special guest, The Pat Chessell Band opens the show with Celto-Canadian Folk—you’ll hear songs ranging from foot-stompers to heart-breakers.
If anyone can sing the blues it’s Jim Byrnes, who was born in St. Louis, Missouri—“blues country”. He is one of Vancouver’s most popular musicians, as well as one of Canada’s best-known actors (noted for his starring roles in the series Highlander,Wise Guy, and his own variety show The Jim Byrnes Show). Byrnes is solidly rooted in the traditions of blues and R&B, which was recognized in 1996 when he won a Juno Award for Best Blues/Gospel Album of the Year, in 2007 when his first outing with The Sojourners won the Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year, and again in 2011 when Everywhere Westgarnered him his third Juno Award in that category. In 2014, Jim released St. Louis Times, a tribute to his hometown.
Vancouver-based Pat Chessell has made a name for himself as one of the most exciting live acts on the Vancouver music scene. His passionate, smoky vocals are complemented by Celtic-fuelled sounds that stretch into influences of roots, folk, and country. First performing with Danny Burns of the legendary Irish group, The Wolfhound, Chessell and his own backing band later gained popularity when they served as the house band at the popular Dublin Crossing Irish Pub in Surrey for several years. He has been a regular act in essentially every Irish bar in the Vancouver area, was a featured act at the Irish Pavilion during the 2010 Olympics, and performed more than 200 shows in 2015, either solo or with his band. His latest album, Lullabies and Battle Cries, has received extensive radio play in Canada, the U.S., and Europe.