Final Concert – April 8 Pharis and Jason Romero and Steve Fisher

The final concert of our 37th season at the Nick will feature Pharis and Jason Romero with opener Steve Fisher.

Tickets for this concert are on sale now through 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.

Pharis and Jason Romero

Pharis and Jason Romero

Singing vibrant duets, writing deadly songs, playing handmade banjos and loving old acoustic guitars, Pharis and Jason Romero have a classic story. When a matchmaker, some scratchy old records, and a custom banjo led to their meeting in 2007, they quickly knew they were in for the long haul. They are passionate teachers and believers in many things folk, and their heartbreakingly harmonic live show is an ever-evolving and never-ending quest for good songs and beautiful sounds. A Wanderer I’ll Stay is the latest in a string of critically acclaimed albums, nominated for four Canadian Folk Music Awards, and winning the 2016 Roots and Traditional Juno Award. Raising a family while developing an evergrowing demand for custom J. Romero Banjos, Pharis and Jason have made time to carve out new songs, heartbreak to wilderness dwellers, gourd banjo instrumentals to hopeful refrains, and put their singularly recognizable stamp on old songs.

Steve Fisher

Steve Fisher

Initially inspired by Mississippi John Hurt, Steve moved into bluegrass, playing with bands such as Rocky Road, the Hot House Bluegrass Band, the Sheep River Rounders and his current band, Restless Lester. He also performs with a collection of musicians known as the Steve Fisher Group and as a guitarist with singer/songwriter Cori Brewster. Still learning, his main influences are Doc Watson, John Hurt, Clarence White, and Tony Rice and he’s a big fan of Davy Graham, Nic Jones, Pierre Bensusan, Pat Metheny and Ry Cooder. At the Nick Steve will be joined by upright bass player, Erik Smistad.

Next Nick Concert March 25 Oh Susanna and Beth Portman

Our next concert at the Nick will feature Oh Susanna with opener Beth Portman

Tickets for this concert are on sale now through 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.

Oh Susanna

Oh Susanna

Suzie Ungerleider began performing as Oh Susanna in the mid-1990s, crafting a persona that matched the timeless qualities of her music, sounds that drew from the deep well of early 20th Century folk, country and blues, yet rooted in her finely-honed storytelling skills. A nominee for both Juno and Canadian Folk Music Awards, Oh Susanna won the CFMA as Best English Songwriter. She has a voice that can pierce a heart of stone. Her superbly crafted songs are tales of longing and love, of small town joys and pains, of our simple feelings and strong passions. These are tales that look into our beautifully flawed human hearts. Oh Susanna’s album, Namedropper, is a killer collection of songs written for her by some of Canada’s best songwriters and was nominated for a CFMA for Solo Artist of the Year. Her newest CD A Girl In Teen City will be released this spring. Oh Susanna will perform at the Nick with James Booth on guitar and Eli Abrams on bass.

Beth Portman

Beth Portman

Beth Portman is influenced by her love of early film. An award-winning animator, music played a major role in her two films for the National Film Board — Cactus Swing and Fair Phyllis, with a madrigal soundtrack featuring her lyrics. Beth is a founding member of the world-beat, a cappella sextet Juba, who toured from Yellowknife to Harare, Zimbabwe. Beth presents a personal perspective to life and love through original music and lyrics described as, “clever, touching and sassy”. Her debut album, Lovin’, was released in 2011. She recently released Take a Trip, with her band, The Good Find.

Tickets for the final concert of our season are now on sale at Brown Paper Tickets.

April 8:  Pharis and Jason Romero with opener Steve Fisher 

Next Nick Concert March 11 John Wort Hannam and Joel Fafard – Sold Out!

Our next concert at the Nick with John Wort Hannam and opener Joel Fafard is sold out!

***Sometimes patrons purchase tickets they are unable to use and these may become available at the door on the night of the concert. If you have tickets you wish to sell or, if you hope to secure such tickets, please let our door volunteers know.***

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.

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Born in Jersey, Channel Islands and raised in Southern Alberta, John earned degrees in Native American Studies and Native Education and taught Grade Nine on reserve for five years. Since quitting his teaching job, he’s been nominated for a Juno, three Western Canadian Music Awards, a North American Folk Alliance Award, and three Canadian Folk Music Awards —winning in 2010 for Contemporary Album of the Year. John Wort Hannam is known for his unique take on the simple day-to-day dramas of common folk through songs that map the landscapes of both the human heart and this vast country of ours. With a keen eye for the quirky and lyrics that create stories behind the songs, this born storyteller shares the personal and the profound. Thriving on live performance, John Wort Hannam is truly happy when he is on the road playing and connecting personally with an audience. For his Nick performance John will be accompanied by Jason Valleau on upright bass, Jon May on drums and John Ellis on dobro and mandolin.

Joel Fafard

Joel Fafard

Joel Fafard performs Southern roots and blues classics with the soul of a purist and the showmanship of a seasoned entertainer. He sings with the sandpapered-sounding vocal style of the new generation bluesman and tells hilarious between-song stories. His latest album, Cluck Old Hen, breaths new life into numbers like Spoonful, and Come on in my Kitchen. When he lets rip a solo on his resonator guitar, it’s easy to hear how he earned both Juno and Canadian Folk Music Award nominations and a Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Instrumental Album for his 2006 collection …and another thing…

Tickets for the following winter 2017 concerts are now on sale at Brown Paper Tickets.

March 25:  Oh Susanna with opener Beth Portman

April 8:  Pharis and Jason Romero with opener Steve Fisher 

Next Nick Concert February 25 The Slocan Ramblers and Northern Beauties – Sold Out!

Today’s concert at the Nick with The Slocan Ramblers and opener Northern Beauties is sold out!

***Sometimes patrons purchase tickets they are unable to use and these may become available at the door on the night of the concert.  If you have tickets you wish to sell or, if you hope to secure such tickets, please let our door volunteers know.***

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.

The Slocan Ramblers

The Slocan Ramblers

Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocan Ramblers build on their reputation for energetic live shows and impeccable musi- cianship. The Slocans are Frank Evans on banjo, Adrian Gross on mandolin, Darryl Poulsen on guitar and Alistair Whitehead on bass. The Slocan Ramblers blend lightning fast and devilishly intricate instrumentals with the sawdust-thick vocals of singer Frank Evans. They understand that if you polish up the music too much, you lose the raw excitement that makes it so vibrant. This is roots music without pretension, music intended to make you feel something, music to get you moving in a crowded bar. The Slocan Ramblers recorded Coffee Creek, nominated for a 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award as Traditional Album of the Year, the same way they perform on stage: standing up, leaning into the music, and pushing harder and harder for that edge just beyond.

Northern Beauties

Northern Beauties

Northern Beauties perform Western Folk—a distinct, bluegrass-infused contemporary folk sound featuring the harmonies of lead singers Todd Stewart on guitar and mandolin, and Craig Aikman on guitar and banjo, along with Charlie Hase on pedal steel and weissenborn. They performed at the Calgary Folk Music Festival’s Block Heater Winterfest and at the Calgary Folk Music Festival. The band was honored with a 2016 Western Canadian Music Award for Roots Group/Duo of the Year and earned a pair of Calgary Music award nominations for Singer/Songwriter of the year and Roots/Folk recording of the year.

Tickets for ALL of the following winter 2017 concerts are now on sale at Brown Paper Tickets.

March 11:  John Wort Hannam with opener Joel Fafard 

March 25:  Oh Susanna with opener Beth Portman

April 8:  Pharis and Jason Romero with opener Steve Fisher 

Next Nick Concert February 11 Shari Ulrich Trio and Paul Woida **12:45 Today 5 tickets left!!**

Our next concert at the Nick will feature the Shari Ulrich Trio with opener Paul Woida.

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 now through Brown Paper Tickets.

**As of 12:45 today, just five tickets were left unsold.  If any of these remain they will be available, first come, first serve at the door tonight.**

Shari Ulrich Trio

Shari Ulrich Trio

Shari Ulrich has released 21 albums as a solo artist and as part of various “supergroups”, which have earned her 2 Juno Awards. Shari was one-third of the infamous Pied Pumkin String Ensemble. In ’76 Shari joined Valdy as part of The Hometown Band with whom
she sang Joe Mock’s stunning Flying. In ‘89 she began her collaboration with friends Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes in UHF and later teamed up with Barney Bentall and Tom Taylor to form a new trio, BTU. A project with Barney in bluegrass band, The High Bar Gang, was nominated for a 2013 Juno Award. Shari’s recent release, Everywhere I Go won the Canadian Folk Music Award for English Songwriter of the Year. Joining Shari for her Nick performance will be her daughter, Julia Graff, on violin, guitar, piano, accordion, mandolin and vocals and High Bar Gang member, Kirby Barber on bass and vocals.

Paul Woida

Paul Woida

Paul Woida is a singer-songwriter and master looper, recording and playing back in real time, using instruments and emotive vocals. A graduate of Grant MacEwan
University in both Composition and Drum Set, he has the ability to com-
bine complex rhythms and harmony which, via the looper, results in a sound close to that of a full band. He placed first in the 2015 Edmonton Landmark Showcase Competition and is also involved with the 2016 EPower Anti-bullying Campaign which tours schools across Canada. He wants to inspire people, and be a positive role model for all ages.

Tickets for ALL of the following winter 2017 concerts are now on sale at Brown Paper Tickets.

February 25:  The Slocan Ramblers with opener Northern Beauties

March 11:  John Wort Hannam with opener Joel Fafard 

March 25:  Oh Susanna with opener Beth Portman

April 8:  Pharis and Jason Romero with opener Steve Fisher