Next Nick Concert – February 20 – Annie Lou

Our next concert at the Nick will feature Annie Lou with opening act Brent Tyler.

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 through Brown Paper Tickets.

Annie Lou

Annie Lou

Annie Lou:  Canadian Folk Music Award, West Coast Music Award, and Juno nominee Annie Lou is Anne Louise Genest, an artist who carries the spirit of an old storyteller, creating songs steeped in the flavours of oldtime mountain, Appalachian, and traditional country and bluegrass music. She writes songs that break the heart and put it back together again. She tells tales from rural life paths of hard-hit, hard-won victories of everymen and women. Beautifully creative songs and tunes range from rousing and boisterous to gentle and poignant, and map a homescape of hard-drinking grandmas, rural dancehalls, blue collar fashions, small towns and big cities. Annie Lou has just released her latest recording, Tried and True, original music, rooted in tradition. Her band, featuring singers Andrew Collins, mandolin and fiddle, Max Heineman, upright bass, and Sarah Hamilton, fiddle, offers boot grooving, heart moving music delivered with pluck and tenderness.

Brent Tyler

Brent Tyler

Brent Tyler:  Brent Tyler has an intricate and skillful guitar style combined with a disarming and soulful voice befit of his literal seven-foot stature. He balances the soft subtlety of honest and introspective folk music with catchy and powerful soul-roots hooks and melodies. His giant delivery has evolved from imitative influences into his very own versatile, powerful, and dynamic style, drawing people in with his physical stage presence, story-telling ability, and surprisingly elastic vocal range. His music is lyrically textured with real life; honesty and love, hope and healing, authenticity and forgiveness. Brent’s newest CD Love Myself was released in 2015.

NICK WINTER NEWSLETTER PDF 

Here’s a PDF of our Nick Winter 2016 newsletter.  This is an interactive document. All  blue-underlined text links to websites. Clicking on the pictures of the performers on pages 2-4 links to their sites.   Nick Winter Newsletter 

Tickets for all of the following winter 2016 concerts are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

Mar 5:  Del Barber and the Profiteers with opening act Dianne Quinton

Mar 19:   Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project with opening act Ruth Purves Smith

Apr 2:   Christine Lavin & Don White with opening act Tim Williams

Apr 16:  Patrons’ Night

Next Nick Concert – February 6 – The Stray Birds

Our next concert at the Nick will feature The Stray Birds with opening act Braden Gates.

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 through Brown Paper Tickets.

The Stray Birds

The Stray Birds

The Stray Birds are a genre-bending acoustic trio featuring multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven, and Charlie Muench. They were raised with a steady diet of music ranging from The Carter Family and Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys to The Beatles and The Band, to the groundbreaking artistry of Jimi Hendrix. Their first full-length album, The Stray Birds, released in 2012, became a critical darling: NPR included it on their 10 Best Folk/Americana Albums of the Year list. Hundreds of gigs, and thousands of highway miles after that release, the band’s primary songwriters, Maya and Oliver, wrote new, original material inspired by their last two and a half years on the road. The Stray Birds honed the majority of these songs onstage together with instrumental virtuosity and gorgeous three-part harmony singing to release their most cohesive and ambitious album to date, Best Medicine.

Braden Gates

Braden Gates

Braden Gates is quickly becoming one of the most intriguing singer/songwriters in the province. A born raconteur in both his songwriting and song introductions, he is drawn to those with a story to tell, aiming to communicate in a way that brings people together. At 16, he became the Alberta fiddle champion, an honor he won again in 2011 and 2012. His second album, Ferris Wheel, is a combination of intricate guitar work, driving fiddle playing and honest story telling. His latest work focuses on personal experiences and the stories of those he crossed paths with throughout his travels.

NICK WINTER NEWSLETTER PDF 

Here’s a PDF of our Nick Winter 2016 newsletter.  This is an interactive document. All  blue-underlined text links to websites. Clicking on the pictures of the performers on pages 2-4 links to their sites.   Nick Winter Newsletter 

Tickets for all of the following winter 2016 concerts are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

Feb 20:   Annie Lou with opening act Brent Tyler

Mar 5:  Del Barber and the Profiteers with opening act Dianne Quinton

Mar 19:   Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project with opening act Ruth Purves Smith

Apr 2:   Christine Lavin & Don White with opening act Tim Williams

Apr 16:  Patrons’ Night

Next Nick Concert – January 23 – Tony McManus

Our next concert at the Nick will feature Tony McManus with opening act Dana Wylie.

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 through Brown Paper Tickets.

Tony McManus

Tony McManus

Tony McManus is recognized as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. In Tony’s hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar preserving the integrity and emotional impact of the music. Nominated as Musician of the Year by both the BBC Folk Awards and The Scottish Traditional Music Awards, in 2002 Ceol More hit the Critic’s Album of the year list in Acoustic Guitar magazine and was named Live Ireland Awards Album of the Year. The Makers’s Mark saw him showcase 15 of the finest luthier built guitars, recording a solo piece on each instrument. A challenge from mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall to learn the Bach E Major Prelude on guitar led to an exploration of classical and baroque music, resulting in his newest CD Mysterious Boundaries which contains a rendition of Bach’s Chaconne in D Minor – one of the greatest compositions of any age.

Dana Wylie

Dana Wylie

Dana Wylie is a farm girl from Saskatchewan who has travelled the world in search of home. Her struggle to reconcile the wanderer with the bumpkin, mixed with her crystal clear voice and fluid finger-style guitar playing, has resulted in a unique musical language that effortlessly straddles country and city, folk and intellectual. Her latest album, The Sea and the Sky, represents a deepening maturation of this language. As Roger Levesque of the Edmonton Journal put it, “Wylie shows the intuitive grace, smart, lyrical economy, and the ability to find insights in everything or anything that you expect of a mature songwriter.”

NICK WINTER NEWSLETTER PDF 

Here’s a PDF of our Nick Winter 2016 newsletter.  This is an interactive document. All  blue-underlined text links to websites. Clicking on the pictures of the performers on pages 2-4 links to their sites.   Nick Winter Newsletter 

Tickets for all of the following winter 2016 concerts are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

Feb 6:   The Stray Birds with opening act Braden Gates

Feb 20:   Annie Lou with opening act Brent Tyler

Mar 5:  Del Barber and the Profiteers with opening act Dianne Quinton

Mar 19:   Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project with opening act Ruth Purves Smith

Apr 2:   Christine Lavin & Don White with opening act Tim Williams

Apr 16:  Patrons’ Night

Next Nick Concert – January 9 – Bill Bourne

Our next concert at the Nick will feature Bill Bourne with opening act Gordie Tentrees.

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 through Brown Paper Tickets.

Bill Bourne

Bill Bourne

Bill Bourne:  Juno winner Bill Bourne has received international acclaim for his recordings and live performances. His songs convey stories that are poetic and life affirming. Raised in a musical family in rural Alberta, he was known to sleep behind the piano at country dances while his parents played. He began his professional career in 1975. He has toured and recorded solo and with Scotland’s Tannahill Weavers, Bourne and MacLeod, Shannon Johnson, Hans Staymer and Andreas Schuld, Tri-Continental with Lester Quitzau and Madagascar Slim, Eivor Palsdottir, Bop Ensemble and The Free Radio Band. His latest recording collaboration is Trancescapes Gaia Sadhana, free improv music for meditation and relaxation, scheduled for release in fall 2015. A veteran of the international blues and roots music scene, life on the road is reflected in Bill’s music – powerful rhythms and soulful songs, steeped in blues, world beat, cajun, celtic, folk, latin, funk, poetry and more.

Gordie Tentrees

Gordie Tentrees

Gordie Tentrees:  Tentrees’ blend of folk, roots and blues is deeply personal and lyrically rich. Somebody’s Child was written after watching the bombs go off at the Boston Marathon, all while wondering if his wife had crossed the finish line. Themes of despair turn to courage in Wheel Girl, an ode to northern hero Jessica Frotten who went from accident victim to wheelchair athlete. Dead Beat Dad is a confession of a struggling father urging on his male mates to make a difference. These are songs of triumph, heartache and redemption that will tear your heart out, one note at a time.

Tickets for all of the following winter 2016 concerts are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

Jan 23:   Tony McManus with opening act Dana Wylie

Feb 6:   The Stray Birds with opening act Braden Gates

Feb 20:   Annie Lou with opening act Brent Tyler

Mar 5:  Del Barber and the Profiteers with opening act Dianne Quinton

Mar 19:   Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project with opening act Ruth Purves Smith

Apr 2:   Christine Lavin & Don White with opening act Tim Williams

Apr 16:  Patrons’ Night

2016 Tickets On Sale – December 11

Tickets for all of our 2016 winter concerts will go on sale December 11 through Brown Paper Tickets.

Jan 9:   Bill Bourne with opening act Gordie Tentrees

Jan 23:   Tony McManus with opening act Dana Wylie

Feb 6:   The Stray Birds with opening act Braden Gates

Feb 20:   Annie Lou with opening act Brent Tyler

Mar 5:  Del Barber and the Profiteers with opening act Dianne Quinton

Mar 19:   Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project with opening act Ruth Purves Smith

Apr 2:   Christine Lavin & Don White with opening act Tim Williams

Apr 16:  Patrons’ Night