Hope Legion hosts concert on Saturday

Lyn Besse McGinnis brings her Next Time Around tour to town

Lyn Besse McGinnis performs at the Hope Legion Dec. 7.

Lyn Besse McGinnis performs at the Hope Legion Dec. 7.

Lyn Besse McGinnis is bringing her Next Time Around tour to Hope this Saturday.

The singer/songwriter takes to stage at the Hope Legion at 6 p.m., and will perform original music off her latest album, which features the song Have a Lucky on Me written for her late cousin Larry Besse.

Born and raised in Saskatoon, SK., Besse McGinnis got her first guitar at the age 12 for $10 and a stick of gum. However, her desire to pursue music professionally wouldn’t be sparked until years later while attending her first songwriting workshop.

Besse McGinnis went on to record her single song CD The Cardinal in the Window in 2007 to raise money for cancer research, followed by her full length debut album All Over the Map in 2009.

Over the years, she has assisted with facilitator duties at the University of Saskatchewan USCAD Songwriting I and II Workshops, and the Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus Songwriters’ Retreat. Besse McGinnis also partnered with Kim Fontaine to offer a one-day songwriting workshop through Sound Advice as part of 2013 Juno Week in Regina.

Last year, she won an International Lyric Writing Contest advertised through Songlink International. She received a small cash prize and retained writer credit for the collaboration entitled I’ll Hang the Moon.