Hilltop house concerts debut in Sooke

Couple to host entertainers and put on concerts in their home

A local couple are entertaining the possibility of doing regular house concerts. Linda Allison and musician Harry Somers are hosting their first trial run on May 9, and are calling it their Hilltop House Concerts.

House parties are musical performances presented as private parties in someone’s abode. Some charge admission, others don’t. Some are wet, some are dry.

This first house party in Sooke is by invitation only, and it will cost $10. According to Allison, they are aiming to have somewhere between 30 and 40 people out. Their house came equipped with a ready-made stage, and they wanted to use that to their advantage.

“When someone comes in, I’m going to have tea or coffee, or orange juice or water available,” she said. Appetizers will probably be available during the intermission.

The first performers are from out-of-town.

Sunshine Coast’s Brett Wildeman is a self-described “child of British Columbia’s wild west coast, Brett Wildeman’s songs are heavily influenced by the rural coastal environment where he has spent the majority of his life. His sprawling lyrics and moody guitar tones, coupled with a unique vocal delivery are staples of his ‘raw folk’ sound.”

Jessica Benini, who hails from Victoria, captivates her “audience with her energetic personality, soulful melodies, rhythmic guitar and spontaneous harmonica solos.”

Except for re-cooping the costs of food and beverages, the musicians will get the funds from the door.

“We are currently looking for musicians to play,” said Allison.

To put your talents forward — or to get an invitation to the first house concert — send an email to scaryharrysomers@gmail.com, phone 250-642-0949 or look them up on on Facebook.

The Hilltop House Concerts offer “Live Entertainment in a cozy, intimate and interactive setting,” and are located at 2432 Otter Point Road.

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