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After 18-month wait, Tim Hus to perform at Empress Theatre

Tim Hus will perform his pandemic-delayed concert at the Empress Theatre on Friday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Tim Hus was preparing to bring his Canadian cowboy music to Fort Macleod when the pandemic arrived in March 2020.

Restrictions against large indoor gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19 forced rescheduling of that concert at the Empress Theatre not once, not twice, but three times.

The members of the Tim Hus Trio never expected it would be 18 months before they could take the stage at the Empress.

“I don’t think anybody did, really,” Hus said in an interview Friday. “It’s been quite a ride in the performing arts.”

With pandemic restrictions eased, the Tim Hus Trio takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10.

Hus will be joined by Spider Bishop on the upright bass and lead guitar and Tom Moon on drums.

The trio will perform a mix of the close to 100 old and new songs Hus has written. 

“It will be great to sing all of the songs that I’ve written over the years from all parts of Canada,” Hus said. “We’re going to take people on a bit of a musical trip.”

“I’m going to do my best to try and cover every corner of the country, and tell some stories about the places we’ve been and the people we’ve met.”

The performance at the Empress represents one of the first concerts Hus will play in since public health restrictions were lifted July 1.

There has been a slow return to operations for theatres and other venues such as the Empress as people were cautious about hosting events that attracted large numbers of people.

The pandemic and the cancellation of concert bookings provided the hard-working Hus with a rare break from touring.

Hus normally performs 150 to 200 concerts a year. His routine would normally take him across Canada in September and October.

“I’ve definitely built kind of a troubador-style career,” Hus said. “That was really important to me to play all the provinces, go up to the northern Territories and build up a following. It’s been a huge change to be home.”

On a positive note, Hus and other musicians found the break from touring to be rejuvenating. Hus had time to write a number of songs.

The singer-songwriter, who prides himself on songs that tell a story, also got to spend time with his children aged four and two years.

“In some ways it came at a pretty reasonable time for me, I’ve got two little boys now so that’s been pretty special to be spending as much time at home with them as I have been.”

Hus spent two years on the road as the opening act for Stompin’ Tom Connors, and performed with other stars such as Ian Tyson, Tim Harwill and Gary Fjellgaard, and worked with Corb Lund.

Hus has recorded six albums of country and roots music and is working on a seventh.

Hus said it will be “fantastic” to walk out onto the Empress Theatre stage and perform in front of a large, enthusiastic audience.

“Music is such a connection among people,” Hus said. “Everywhere we’ve played everyone just says, ‘Oh man, it’s just so great to be out at an actual show again’.”

“We’re going to try and deliver a real nice show for the folks down in Fort Macleod.”

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