Final 2014 Concert – Richard Shindell – November 22

Our next concert at the Nick will feature Richard Shindell with opening act Kevin John Cook.

Richard Shindell

Richard Shindell

All Nick concerts are held at the Crescent Heights Community Hall, 1101 2nd St. N.W. Doors open at 7:00 and showtime is 7:30.

Tickets for this concert are on sale at Brown Paper Tickets.

Richard Shindell is a meticulous craftsman of song whose albums have been revered by critics and fans alike. Innovative, original and occasionally spiritual, Shindell’s songs weave tales that interchangeably champion the downtrodden, exalt the disaffected or wax empathetic to those lost to society’s fringes. He has a unique ability to morph into the soul of the varied personalities he casts as narrators; songs that are veritable novellas framed in haunting acoustic melodies, sometimes including cryptic, revelations through the eyes of a woman. In 1997, he was invited to join Joan Baez on tour, opening the ears of new folk music enthusiasts to his talents as a songwriter and performer. In 1998, Shindell joined the acoustic trio, Cry Cry Cry, with Dar Williams and Lucy Kaplansky. Shindell’s songwriting is truly eclectic; ranging from lighthearted ballads and adulterous love songs, to dirges and diatribes that skillfully skewer politics, prejudice, war and religion.

Here’s a live concert video of Richard singing his haunting song “Fishing”.

Kevin John Cook

Kevin John Cook

From greasy blues to country soul, Kevin John Cook is an accomplished guitarist with a signature dusty voice delivers the real gold in his lyrics. Hard to pigeon-hole, his influences range from Hank Williams to J.J. Cale and everything in between. He cut his musical teeth in Alberta’s rough and tumble honky-tonks and blues bars playing for cowboys, lumberjacks and bikers. This somewhat reclusive writer likes the quiet life and lives in a cabin in the woods. His latest CD, Shake Your Faith was released this summer. Cook’s tales of dark beauty tempered with an offbeat sense of humor will captivate you.

Tickets for the following 2015 Nick shows will go on sale at: Brown Paper Tickets on December 12.

Jan 10:  Three in One Alberta Night:  100 mile houseJoe NolanThe Travelling Mabels.

Jan 24:   Wendell and Wheat with opening act Matt Patershuk.

Feb 7:   Dave Gunning with opening act Steph Cameron.

Feb 21:   John Reischman and the Jaybirds with opening act Sarah Jane Scouten.

Mar 7:   James Hill & Anne Janelle with opening act Amy Thiessen.

Mar 21:   Old Man Luedecke with opening act The Command Sisters.

Apr 18:   The Bills with opening act Lizzy Hoyt.

Apr 25:  Patrons’ Night.

Next Nick Concert – Martin Simpson – November 8

Our next concert at the Nick will feature Martin Simpson with opening act Shawna Caspi.

Martin Simpson

Martin Simpson

All Nick concerts are held at the Crescent Heights Community Hall, 1101 2nd St. N.W. Doors open at 7:00 and showtime is 7:30.

Tickets for this concert are on sale at Brown Paper Tickets.

Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin Simpson’s interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Jackson Browne, Martin Carthy, David Lindley, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan and many more. Martin has been nominated an astounding 26 times in the twelve years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – more than any other performer – with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of the Year, which he has won twice. Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.

Shawna Caspi

Shawna Caspi

Shawna Caspi is a guitar-picking, classically-trained folkie with a sweet-tooth for a good story, a sly lyrical wit and a rich, powerful voice. She sings of love, travel, home and heart, distilling each experience into a series of vibrant snapshots, coloured with humour and grace and arranged with care and craft. Her latest release, Apartments for Lovers, is a solo guitar and voice album that showcases her rich voice and remarkable fingerstyle guitar technique. With a commanding stage presence and an inviting charm, she doesn’t need a band to deliver an engaging show.

Tickets for the following Fall 2014 Nick show are on sale at: Brown Paper Tickets.

Nov 22:   Richard Shindell with opening act Kevin John Cook

Next Nick Concert – Dala – October 25 – Sold Out!

Our next concert at the Nick will feature Dala with opening act The Doll Sisters.

Dala

Dala

All Nick concerts are held at the Crescent Heights Community Hall, 1101 2nd St. N.W. Doors open at 7:00 and showtime is 7:30.

TICKETS for this concert are now sold out.

**Occasionally, patrons purchase advance tickets they are unable to use and, as a result, tickets can become available at the door but there are no guarantees.  Our admission volunteers will keep track of patrons hoping to secure such tickets, first-come, first-serve.  If you have tickets you wish to sell you could post a note  on the Nick Facebook or Twitter links.**

Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala write and sing in harmony best described as angelic. Amanda’s ethereal soprano voice blends seamlessly with Sheila’s velvety alto, creating the lush harmonies that have become their trademark. The sheer joy with which they perform is infectious, turning first-time listeners into instant fans. Dala are equally entertaining between songs, telling funny and down to earth stories that make every show unique. In the summer of 2010, Dala’s PBS special Girls From The North Country was broadcast and the live CD earned Dala the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year and a Juno nomination for a Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Group. Dala’s latest album Best Day was released in June of 2012. It was nominated for three Canadian Folk Music Awards: English Songwriter of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Producer of the Year.

The Doll Sisters

The Doll Sisters

The Doll Sisters are a fiery Celtic Americana duo who weave haunting harmonies and stellar songwriting. As skillful multi-instrumentalists on guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and bodhrán, Jenna Leigh Doll & Shelby Doll fuse together influences from their rich Irish and Scottish heritage, as well as inspirations from roots and rock. Their harmonies easily conjure up images of moonlit mountains and misty, rain-soaked hills, backed by the fierceness of Shelby’s soaring fiddle and Jenna’s rhythmic and adaptive intensity on guitar. The dynamism and connection between the duo captivates audiences, drawing them in from the beginning to the end.

Tickets for the following Fall 2014 Nick shows are on sale at: Brown Paper Tickets.

Nov 8:   Martin Simpson with opening act Shawna Caspi

Nov 22:   Richard Shindell with opening act Kevin John Cook

Next Club – Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Steam Show – October 11 – Sold Out!

Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Steam Show

Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Steam Show

All Nick concerts are held at the Crescent Heights Community Hall, 1101 2nd St. N.W. Doors open at 7:00 and showtime is 7:30.

TICKETS for this concert are now sold out.

**Occasionally, patrons purchase advance tickets they are unable to use and, as a result, tickets can become available at the door but there are no guarantees.  Our admission volunteers will keep track of patrons hoping to secure such tickets, first-come, first-serve.  If you have tickets you wish to sell you could post a note  on the Nick Facebook or Twitter links.**

A true road dog, Fred Eaglesmith, a songwriter’s songwriter, has released his 20th album,Tambourine, “a walk through the garden of rock ‘n’ roll…the primary essence is 1966 – the year that gave us Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde and Question Mark & the Mysterians.”Tambourine mixes rock ‘n’ roll and R&B with richly drawn characters, meaty themes and stunning turns of phrase. Eaglesmith dubs his band The Travelling Steam Show, and features Matty Simpson on guitar, banjo and keyboards, Justine Fischer on double bass, Kori Heppner on drums and Tif Ginn on guitar and accordion. The band performs in steampunk-ish outfits, adding a touch of the theatrical to their shows. “It harkens back to the ’60s and ’70s variety shows that were on TV,” Eaglesmith says. “It’s a lot more than a concert. I like to pay attention to what’s cutting edge and bring that into the live show.”

Tif Ginn

Tif Ginn

Tif Ginn is a gutsy, amazing singer and a transcendent songwriter who is a member of the Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Steam Show. Her solo CD was recorded with Eaglesmith’s road-weathered band. Nine of the twelve songs were co-written by Eaglesmith and indirectly reflect the kind of ‘struggle’ that is living in a motorhome and touring for years without much time to relax or regroup. They are songs of single moms, lovesick fools, trailer park life, and abuse. Stylistically, the CD runs from sultry, jazzy country to angry punk, embracing pop, Americana and folk along the way.

Tickets for the following Fall 2014 Nick shows are on sale at: Brown Paper Tickets.

Oct 25:   Dala with opening act The Doll Sisters

Nov 8:   Martin Simpson with opening act Shawna Caspi

Nov 22:   Richard Shindell with opening act Kevin John Cook

First Nick – John McCutcheon – September 27

The first club of our 35th anniversary season will feature John McCutcheon with opening act Ken Stead.

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John McCutcheon

Tickets for this concert are on sale at Brown Paper Tickets.

All Nick concerts are held at the Crescent Heights Community Hall, 1101 2nd St. N.W. Doors open at 7:00 and showtime is 7:30.

After teaching himself how to play a mail-order guitar John McCutcheon headed for the classroom of the eastern Kentucky coal camps, union halls, country churches, and square dance halls. His apprenticeship to many of the legendary figures of Appalachian music imbedded a love of not only home-made music, but a sense of community and rootedness. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a multitude of traditional instruments; including fiddle, banjo, guitar, autoharp, jaw harp and most notably, the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. His thirty recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including seven Grammy nominations. His books and instructional materials have introduced budding players to the joys of their own musicality and his commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers.

Ken Stead

Ken Stead

Ken Stead has just released his brand new EP Unfinished. He writes with depth and insight and his strong voice takes his listeners on journeys we do not expect. We are drawn into his quiet charm, his joy with life and the world around him, his faith, and hope that love and peace will always prevail. His songs reflect life’s experiences, his spiritual journey and lessons learned on the road. He delivers in an uplifting and affirming manner that leaves an audience energized, connected and knowing that life is better at the end of the evening than it was at the beginning.

Tickets for the following Fall 2014 Nick shows are also on sale at: Brown Paper Tickets.

Oct 11:   The Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Steam Show with opening act Tif Ginn

Oct 25:   Dala with opening act The Doll Sisters

Nov 8:   Martin Simpson with opening act Shawna Caspi

Nov 22:   Richard Shindell with opening act Kevin John Cook