LYN Besse McGinnis


 One woman, one guitar & a suitcase full of original songs.

NEWS from Lyn:  

November 30, 2018 - I'm excited to be one of the "special guests" at Songs Across the Autumn Prairies Show.  A Sunday afternoon of shared music featuring songs from the Regina & Saskatoon Groups of Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC).  The Refinery 609 Dufferin Avenue Saskatoon.  4 PM. $12 Advance $15 Door.  

November 29, 2018 - Attending Very Prairie Music Summit in Saskatoon Nov 29 - Dec 2 in Saskatoon.  Workshops, one on one opportunities with industry folks, networking with fellow SK musicians & songwriters & some great music! Thank you SaskMusic!

November 28, 2018 - Guess who??


November 25, 2018 - SaskMusic Awards in Regina SK.  Excellent evening.  We have such talent in this province!  It's inspiring and daunting all at the same time!


October 23, 2018 - a simple life is released!


And as you can see.....I'm really excited.....




October 17, 2018 - 7 new songs!  That's a rather large EP or mini album.  No matter.  It's done.  I have 8 million more songs (maybe a slight exaggeration) but they'll have to wait their turn!  Recorded with Terry Hoknes at Saskatoon Music Recording Studio here in Toon Town. Now the songs are in the hands of David j Taylor at The Purple Studio in Sechelt BC for mastering magic!  Excited.  

October 13, 2018 - Great show with THE TRIO (Terry Hoknes & Tom Kennedy) at D'lish by Tish in Saskatoon.  Some originals, some covers, some stories.  Thanks Tish for the great venue & thanks to the Sask Country Music Association for the sound system!

October 5, 2018 - PARKRIDGE CARE HOME, Saskatoon.  I have been playing here a couple of times a year for a decade!  They are the most appreciative audience.  Nobody does You Are My Sunshine like this bunch!! One lovely woman who always always sings along turned 98 two days earlier!

September 18-21, 2018 LYN'S VERY OWN PERSONAL SONGWRITING RETREAT AT JAN LAKE LODGE - UP UP THE HANSON LAKE ROAD.  Yes.  There is now a song.  A few glorious days in a cabin on the lake writing songs, playing music, relaxing & hanging out with some good friends.

July 18, 2018 - TASTE OF SASKATCHEWAN in Saskatoon.  A week long extravaganza of good music + good food.  Played with THE TRIO (Terry Hoknes & Tom Kennedy).  So much fun to play with these two - we have got to do it again!  Thanks Konni Horne for getting us a spot.  

June 15, 2018 - SONGS 4 NATURE Songwriters Circle at the Royal Sask Museum in Regina SK.  Beautiful venue.  Stayed with my brother Randy & his wife Jan & let's not forget Jazz the dog.  Always a lovely treat.  

June 5, 2018 - I'm a TV star!  Filmed a segment of Larry Krause's TIMBERLINE MUSIC SHOW in Prince Albert SK.  Sang some songs & talked with Larry in a beautiful setting.  Can't wait to see it.  Great fun!  Thanks Larry.

May 24-27, 2018 - SONGS 4 NATURE SONGWRITING RETREAT - Long Lake, Saskatchewan - A wee slice of songwriting heaven.  All day outside writing, sleeping in a tent & somebody feeds me. Yup - songwriting heaven.  I asked the organizers you want me to write about nature or just be in nature & see what I write?  They said YES..DO THAT!

April 27-29, 2018 - SASKATCHEWAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION - AWARDS SHOW in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan!  Played the Gospel Showcase & sang my new gospel song "Higher Ground" written with Michael Lander and Rhonda Gallant-Morari at a SaskMusic songwriting session.  Thanks SaskMusic for setting me up with these lovely songwriters.  

April 14, 2018 - SCOTT ANTHONY ANDREW'S CD Launch - I Don't Do Lazy like that!  The Refinery in Saskatoon.  I did a couple of my songs & I got to be a doo-wop girl!  Scott, you truly are a music man.  You were amazing.  Thanks for taking me long!

April 13, 2018 - SONGS 4 NATURE SONGWRITING CIRCLE at The Underground Cafe in Saskatoon.  

June 9, 2017 - Super excited about the CANADIAN SONGWRITING CHALLENGE this weekend with Justin Gray!  Song writing, recording & surrounded by creative souls.  Thank you SaskMusic!

April 5th, 2017 - My song The Veil of Tamar is a semi-finalist in the Canadian Songwriting Competition!  

March 31st, 2017 - Saskatchewan Country Music Association Awards Weekend in Saskatoon!  Played the Songwriters' Circle Friday night.  Just finished a new song called Deja Vu so I played it!  Excellent weekend.  Old friends, new friends and great music.  Congrats to all the award winners!

March 3rd, 2017 - Selected to play the Songwriters' Circle at the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards March 31st, 2017 in Saskatoon! Wahoo!

January 1st, 2017 - New attitude, new songs....the year o2016 - A year of renovating old houses and writing new songs.

March 22nd, 2015 - New photos call for a website update - coming very very soon.



March 11th, 2015 - The Veil of Tamar is now available on itunes!

February 26th, 2015

The Veil of Tamar is now available on CD Baby!  Thank you SaskMusic with support from the Government of Saskatchewan.     So different from anything I've done before.  




December 2014 Final Update on the UK Songwriting Contest - I'll Hang the Moon made the finals and The Veil of Tamar made the semi-finals.  I'm extremely proud of both.  

November 23rd, 2014 - WOW!  My song The Veil of Tamar also made the semi-finals in the gospel category of the UK Songwriting Contest.

November 12th, 2014 - EXCITED!  Just found out that my co-write I'll Hang the Moon (written with Ronnie Hedderwick from Spain) has made the semi-finals in the open category of the UK Songwriting Contest!  Ronnie composed the music (he's a genius) & I wrote the lyrics.  Look out Rodgers & Hammerstein, Elton & Bernie etc. etc.!

October 26th, 2014  -  Excellent gig at The Reflections Art Festival yesterday. A chance to try out some new tunes.                            

September 7th, 2014 - Two SOLD OUT shows at Solar Gardens September 10th & 11th with two amazing women KIM FONTAINE and BEV ZIZZY.  Gonna be a great night!

August 6th, 2014 - Thank you thank you SASKMUSIC for your support of my single song recording! Just finished recording THE VEIL OF TAMAR with a flute, violin, upright bass, harp & English horn at Cosmic Pad Studios Saskatoon with Ross Nykiforuk.  For the whole Veil of Tamar story that includes a German painter, a Canadian songwriter, two paintings and one on the blog button above & go to The Veil of Tamar - May 2012.


July 5th - Sang my new song SAILING at Erin & Mitch's wedding in Mexico.  A wedding gift.  That counts as a gig in Mexico!

June 18th - The sold out SOLAR GARDENS Songwriters Circle with Kim Fontaine & Bev Zizzy was fantastic.  Thank you Roger & Chris at Solar Gardens.  A magical combination of original music and gourmet yummage!

June 11th, 2014 - REGINA ROAD TRIP.  Teaching songwriting for Amy Nelson's Sing Like a Star Studios June 11 & 12. CJTR 91.3 Radio Interview with Reg Wilke on Pickin It Country June 13, 6-7 pm 

May 14th, 2014 - EXCITING NEWS!  Got a SASKMUSIC Grant to record The Veil of Tamar (with lots & lots of strings - maybe a lute)!  

April 13th, 2014 - No wins at the SCMA but a fabulous weekend.  

March 28th, 2014 - More exciting SCMA news!  Selected to play at the Songwriter's Café hosted by Canadian Country multiple award winner Charlie Major on Sunday, April 13th, 2014 at 3 p.m. in Nipawin SK.

Feb 28th, 2014 - Exciting news!  Two nominations for 2014 Saskatchewan Country Music Awards:  RISING STAR & ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Next Time Around.  

Jan 23th, 2014 - Happy New Year!  Down in Miami Beach Baby...beating the Saskatchewan winter, writing new songs & loving the beach!

Dec 16th - MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Taking time for family, friends and making memories.

Dec 1st - NEXT TIME AROUND TOUR stops in Hope, B.C. December 7th 6 p.m. at The Legion Lounge. 

Nov 21st - Lyn combines her love of travel with the promotion of her new album NEXT TIME AROUND.  Her & husband Bob are housesitting & Lyn gigs wherever they go.   Check out "Happily Houseless"  on her blog page!

Nov 4th - NEXT TIME AROUND TOUR heads to B.C.   First stop - The Boardwalk Restaurant, Lund B.C. November 15th 5:30 p.m.

October 4th - Next Time Around Tour is underway!   Check the calendar for dates...

2nd album - NEXT TIME AROUND - arrived August 2013!  Just selling them out of the trunk until I get them available on CD Baby & MusicMax. Email me to get a copy!

2013 Juno Week in Regina, SK - Taught a Songwriting Course for teens through Sound Advice April 17th, 2013  - excellent adventure!   There's some awesome young SK talent out there!