Raine Hamilton String Trio get standing ovation following Entertainment Series performance
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
The Raine Hamilton String Trio left audience members wanting more after their Sioux-Hudson Entertainment Series performance on Nov. 24.
Solo artist Raine Hamilton, accompanied by Quintin Bart on the double bass and Natanielle Felicitas on the cello, used her guitar, violin, and her silky-smooth voice to win the crowd over during their performance. Hamilton also used a unique combination of charm, humor, and storytelling between songs, which engaged the audience even more.
When asked about the experience performing in front of an active Sioux Lookout crowd, the artists couldn’t help but acknowledge the positive energy throughout the night.
“This crowd was so willing and present. The sing-alongs sounded awesome, people were very on board, and it’s an honour to do this work. It’s an honour to be an artist in the world and to make a living this way, and I felt that tonight,” said Hamilton.
“I feel like that’s why we do this job. We could feel the positive energy coming from the crowd, and that energy reminds us why we play,” Felicitas shared.
“There was really lovely energy here tonight. It was really wonderful. You could definitely feel that it was an open-minded audience,” said Bart.
The Raine Hamilton String Trio showed their appreciation to the crowd when they came back out to perform an encore song after receiving a standing ovation at the end of their show.
Entertainment Series committee member Alyson Martin shared that she enjoyed seeing the engagement between the audience and the performers.
“We know it is cold outside, the winds are blowing, there’s ice, and the road conditions aren’t good but it was amazing to see everyone in the crowd collectively enjoying this great performance,” she said.
Raine Hamilton will be headed to Calgary, Alberta this weekend to attend the 14th Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA). The CFMA’s take place on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and will feature 96 nominees in 19 categories from across Canada.
Hamilton, from the success of her recent album Night Sky, is nominated for the New/Emerging Artist of the Year Award. Night Sky was released in March of this year, and it is the second full-length release from Hamilton.
When asked about her CFMA award nomination, Hamilton said she felt pure excitement.
“I was so excited. I couldn’t help but phone everyone who was involved right away. I had to share that moment with all my bandmates who recorded on my album, my producer, and my manager. It was great,” she concluded.
More information on Hamilton and her music can be found on her website at www.rainehamilton.com.