Next Nick Concert January 28 Catherine MacLellan and Over The Moon

Our next concert at the Nick will feature Catherine MacLellan with opener Over The Moon

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.

photo by Rob Waymencmaclellan-pressphoto-robwaymen01

Catherine MacLellan is the daughter of the late Gene MacLellan, the acclaimed songwriter who wrote Snowbird and Put Your Hand In The Hand. After releasing her debut album in 2004, Catherine earned immediate critical acclaim, labeled Critics Favourite New Discovery by Penguin Eggs magazine. Her latest release, The Raven’s Sun, takes the listener further along her journey in song, delving deeper into the territories of life, death and transformation and shines a light on the musical chemistry between Catherine and guitarist Chris Gauthier, catching them both at their best. Catherine has been awarded multiple East Coast Music Awards, Music PEI Awards and Canadian Folk Music Awards including 2015 CFMA’s for Contemporary Album of the Year and Solo Artist of the Year. She was also awarded the 2015 Juno Award for Roots and Traditional Solo album of the year. She will be accompanied at the Nick by extraordinary guitarist, Tim Leacock.

Over The Moon

Over The Moon

Multi-instrumental vocalist and Association of Country Music in Alberta Award winner Suzanne Levesque met Craig Bignell, Canadian Country Music Award win-
ner at a musical jam. Suzanne was a member of The Traveling Mabels and
Craig was the percussionist for Susan Aglukark. Now, with the simplicity offered by an array of acoustic instruments playing roots-based songs that highlight their blending vocals, they’ve just released their first self titled CD. They are opening a bunch of shows for Charlie Major this fall and will open and play with Susan Aglukark in the new year. Over The Moon— uncluttered, simple and sweet.

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

February 11:  Shari Ulrich with opener Paul Woida 

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 

Next Concert January 14 Little Miss Higgins and Ariana Brophy

Our next concert at the Nick, January 14, will feature:  Little Miss Higgins with opener Ariana Brophy

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 first 2017 concert are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

Little Miss Higgins

Little Miss Higgins

From the Great Northern Plains of Western Canada, Little Miss Higgins struts and serenades her way, guitar in hand, lips blazoned red, onto any stage. As if she just drove in off the back-road of another time with gravel dust and a sunset trailing behind her, this pocket- sized powerhouse plays music brewed up in old-time country blues sprinkled with a little jazz and maybe a hint of folk. Whether it’s songs about passion or songs about panties, she writes about real things in a rooted and poetic way. For her newest release, Bison Ranch Recording Sessions, she teamed up with the harmony singing Winnipeg Five. The album was nominated for a Juno for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year – Group. For her performance at the Nick, she will be joined by Sean on bass, Darwin Baker on guitar, banjo and harmonica, and Jimmie James Mckee on trumpet.

Ariana Brophy

Ariana Brophy

Ariana Brophy is the songwriting equivalent of mulled wine; sweet, nostalgic, perfectly paired with a rainy evening and a fireplace. She writes songs that weave
heartbreak, love, hope and loss onto a canvas of stylized fingerpicking. She
crafts her songs with a tuned eye for storyline and a remarkable ear for the moments a heart witnesses before the mind.  She plays to the imagery around her and explores what it means to genuinely feel.  Her first EP Ink and Water was nominated for a 2016 Edmonton Music Award, and her second EP Sweet Things is to be released in the fall.

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

January 28:  Catherine MacLellan with opener Over The Moon

February 11:  Shari Ulrich with opener Paul Woida 

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 

Winter 2017 Tickets on Sale Now!

Here’s a PDF of our 2017 Nick Winter Newsletter!

Nick 2017 Winter Newsletter

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

January 14:  Little Miss Higgins with opener Ariana Brophy

January 28:  Catherine MacLellan with opener Over The Moon

February 11:  Shari Ulrich with opener Paul Woida 

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 

Next Concert November 26 The Marc Atkinson Trio and Natasha Sayer

Our next concert at the Nick will feature The Marc Atkinson Trio with opener  Natasha Sayer

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 final fall 2016 concert are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

The Marc Atkinson Trio

The Marc Atkinson Trio

Marc Atkinson is the JUNO-nominated, Western Canadian award-winning musician, leader and composer of the Marc Atkinson Trio and co-founder of The Bills. The music of this virtuosic group is melodically captivating, sensually charged and ferociously, awe-inspiring. Marc and the Trio have just released their fourth CD, The Marc Atkinson Trio IV. The compositions on this CD are punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive. The new CD includes 11 Marc Atkinson original compositions and one impressive rearrangement of a Russian Rag. The tunes have a fiery but elegant guitar style, infused with a catchy blend of influences. Atkinson’s picking has been described as flawless, surprise-filled, sizzling and supremely melodic. His music is original, complex and challenging in its conception and delivery but remains accessible and absorbing. The music of the Marc Atkinson Trio good-naturedly welcomes all listeners aboard for an intriguing, exhilarating and unforgettable ride.

Natasha Sayer

Natasha Sayer

Songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Natasha Sayer has been writing music since she was a very young girl. In the opening track of her new album Notes to Self, Natasha remembers composing melodies, imagining notes dancing between Telephone Pole Barlines on epic car rides to Saskatchewan around the age of six. She currently performs with two local bands: harmony favourites Magnolia Buckskin and eclectic indie pop group The Fragments. She is known for her powerful vocals, unforgettable melodies and her ability to engage an audience. Her children’s album, Big Bad Bantam Rooster was nominated for a 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award.

The Once with opener The Andrew Collins Trio November 12 – SOLD OUT!

The Once

The Once

This Newfoundland-based band has collected a trio of Canadian Folk Music Awards, been named Newfoundland & Labrador Art Council’s Artist of the Year and earned a Juno nomination for best Roots and Traditional album. Geraldine Hollett, Andrew Dale and Phil Churchill have released Departures, which proves to be a fitting title. The songs themselves often touch upon a sense of departure—whether it is in a poignant tribute to someone who has died, a vivid tale of murder, a song to a loved one left behind or a tune about leaving someone. The Once remains rooted in its essential musical elements. Hollett is an incandescent and captivating singer who has brought comparisons to such iconic Americana stylists as Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris. The trio’s gorgeous harmonies and spirited instrumentation supplied by Dale and Churchill utilize guitars, mandolins, banjos and bouzouki build a rich musical tapestry.

The Andrew Collins Trio

The Andrew Collins Trio

As a solo recording artist and a founding member of the Creaking Tree String Quartet and the Foggy Hogtown Boys, Andrew has earned five Canadian Folk Music Awards and five Juno nominations. Andrew has teamed up with Mike Mezzatesta and James McEleney to form the Andrew Collins Trio. Committed to the innovation of new acoustic music, this ensemble has joined forces to create a compelling body of work that blurs the lines between bluegrass, jazz, old-time, folk, celtic and classical music. Their debut release A Play On Words won the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for instrumental album of the year.

This fall it was announced that The Andrew Collins Trio had been nominated for the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award for Instrumental Group of the Year.

Tickets for our final fall 2016 concert are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

November 26:  The Marc Atkinson Trio with opener  Natasha Sayer

The Marc Atkinson Trio

The Marc Atkinson Trio

James Keelaghan with opener Scott MacKay October 29 – SOLD OUT!

James Keelaghan

James Keelaghan

Called Canada’s finest singer-songwriter, this poet laureate of the folk and roots music world has gone about his work with a combination of passion, intent, intensity, and curiosity. Keelaghan forges his pieces with brilliantly defined craftsmanship and a monogrammed artistic vision, making him one of the most distinctive and readily identifiable voices of the Canadian scene. Armed with a songbook that has enlightened and enthralled, and been embraced, by audiences around the world, Keelaghan’s life as an artist is one that is a perpetual journey on so many levels. Most importantly it’s a journey that has invited fans of literate and layered songwriting to be a part of his artistic expeditions, some that weave their way through marvelously etched stories of a historical nature with underlying universal themes, and others that mine the depths of the soul and the emotional trails of human relations.  James will be accompanied by old friend Hugh McMillan from Spirit of the West.

Scott MacKay

Scott MacKay

Oh I’ll forgive her on the day the Devil gets on his knees to pray… With one dark, cold and chilling line you are introduced to the simple, elegant music of Scott MacKay. MacKay’s country-ish songs are standouts, riddled with one-liners that catch the sun like a freshly polished cleaver. His album Twin features fiddle, banjo and the haunting harmonies of Scott’s twin brother, Ben. With a unique voice that croons and swoons, Scott is dark and light, new but old, a bit of Johnny Cash with threads of Roy Orbison woven into the mystery of a Ray Bradbury novel.

NICK FALL NEWSLETTER PDF 

Here’s a PDF of our Nick Fall 2016 newsletter.  This is an interactive document. Clicking on the pictures of the performers on pages 2-4 links to their sites.   Nick 2016-2017 Fall Newsletter

Tickets for the following fall 2016 concert are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

November 12:  The Once with opener The Andrew Collins Trio       SOLD OUT!

November 26:  The Marc Atkinson Trio with opener  Natasha Sayer

Vocal Harmony Workshop With The Once

Newfoundland’s multi-award winning folk trio, The Once, is acclaimed for its stellar vocal harmonies. Come share an intimate day with Geraldine, Andrew and Phil; learn their insights, techniques for building and performing vocal harmony.

Saturday November 12, 2016
9:30 – 2:30 pm Dalhousie Community Centre, 5432 Dalhart Road N.W.

$100, (plus service fee) Limited to 30 participants.

To purchase a ticket, visit the Calgary Folk Club website.

The Once will perform at the Nick that evening.