First Concert! Lynn Miles and Milkwood Dreamers – September 30

The first concert of our 38th annual season at the Nick features Lynn Miles with opener Milkwood Dreamers.

Tickets for this concert are on sale now 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.

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Lynn Miles is an acclaimed Canadian roots rock singer/songwriter known for her warm, plaintive singing and often melancholy muse. Her 1996 release, Slightly Haunted, landed atop many critics’ year-end lists. Unravel, released in 2001, netted her a Juno Award for Best Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Love Sweet Love received another Juno nomination. Black Flowers, Vols, 1–2 was reissued as a two-disc set in 2009. Lynn won the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award for English Songwriter of the Year for Fall For Beauty. Downpour, her seventh studio album, was released in 2013. Her song Three Chords and the Truth was used in the BBC TV program Case Studies. Last year she teamed up with longtime touring guitarist Keith Glass for Road, a live collection of songs recorded both onstage and live in the studio. Keith will perform with Lynn at her Nick concert.

Milkwood Dreamers

Milkwood Dreamers

The Milkwood Dreamers’ debut album, Hellfire and Bone, features duets clear as mountain water. He was writing music north of the Arctic Circle. She was strumming old Hank Williams songs at the kitchen table. Somehow they ended up at the same backyard jam in Calgary. Next thing you know he got down on one knee and offered up a cherry sunburst guitar instead of a wed- ding ring. Mel and Marti Smith are known for their harmonies that fit like a glove, flinty and sweet as honey. Marti’s won praise for her iridescent, pearly tones that speak of parched but beautiful landscapes.

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

Oct 14:     Connie Kaldor with opener The Eisenhauers  

Oct 28:     Union Duke with opener Magnolia Buckskin

Nov 11:     Adrian Nation with opener Lynne Hanson

Nov 25:     Lizzy Hoyt with opener Tim Isberg

A limited number of 2017-2018 season tickets are available at $276.00 each for all twelve concerts. Send a cheque, made out to “The Acoustic Music Society”, to P.O. Box 64244 Thorncliffe PO Calgary AB T2K 6J7.

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The Nick’s 2017-2018 – 38th Annual Season

Here are the performers for our 2017-2018, 38th Anniversary Season.  Opening acts will be added as they are confirmed.  

Here is the Fall Edition of our 2017-2018 Newsletter.  This is an interactive document.  Clicking on the pictures of the fall performers on pages 2-4 links to their websites.   Nick 2017 Fall Newsletter

Tickets for ALL of our 2017 concerts are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets.

A limited number of season tickets are available at $276.00 each for all twelve concerts.  Send a cheque, made out to “The Acoustic Music Society”, to  P.O. Box 64244 Thorncliffe PO Calgary AB T2K 6J7.

Season ticket holders are given preferential admission to our concerts between 6:50 and 7:00 P.M.

2017

Sept 30:     Lynn Miles with opener Milkwood Dreamers

Oct 14:     Connie Kaldor with opener The Eisenhauers  

Oct 28:     Union Duke with opener Magnolia Buckskin

Nov 11:     Adrian Nation with opener Lynne Hanson

Nov 25:     Lizzy Hoyt with opener Tim Isberg

2018

Jan 13:     Danny Michel with opener Erin Kay

Jan 27:     The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra with opener Daniel Champagne  

Feb 10:     Irish Mythen  

Feb 24:    Amelia Curran  

Mar 10:     The Sultans of String  

Mar 24:     Qristina and Quinn Bachand

Apr 7:      Jack Semple

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Final Concert – April 8 Pharis and Jason Romero and Steve Fisher – Sold Out!

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

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.

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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 

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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 

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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 

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