Next Nick Concert – October 28 – Union Duke and Magnolia Buckskin

Our next concert at the Nick will feature Union Duke with opener Magnolia Buckskin

Tickets for this concert are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

There will be tickets available at the door for tonight’s concert, first come, first serve.

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.

Union Duke

Union Duke

Union Duke is a folk quintet with an explosive live show. Bridging soulful indie rock with bluegrass and country, they belt out soaring harmonies with three, four and five voices. The songs are irresistible, the perfect fit for the heatwave of the dance hall or the cool breeze of the park. Golden Days will take you back to your warmest memories: nights by the lake, passing a bottle around the fire, or singing with your friends at the top of your lungs. It also looks forward, reaching for those long, lazy summer days that will keep you going through the winter. It’s a record of pain and struggle, lessons learned and of laughter between friends, tenderness between lovers. Years of making music together have brought them to this: a heartbreak of twang and a bootshake of rock and roll. Union Duke is two- fifths city, two- fifths country, and one- fifth whiskey.

Magnolia Buckskin

Magnolia Buckskin

Magnolia Buckskin features four very different musicians with separate and accomplished musical careers who found a successful formula for working together. Harmony. Winning the hearts of audiences for more than half a decade with intriguing lyrics and captivating arrangements, Magnolia Buckskin are Corry Ulan, Emily Triggs, Natasha Platt and Kathy Cook. Their newest CD, Die Laughing is about focusing on what is important, and the choices we have when dealing with what is delivered to us in life. A flavorful blend of grassroots, folk, and acoustic pop music highlights sweet harmonies, laced with banjo, accordion, clarinet, mandolin, bass and guitar.

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

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 still available at $230.00 each for ten concerts. Send a cheque, made out to “The Acoustic Music Society”, to P.O. Box 64244 Thorncliffe PO Calgary AB T2K 6J7.

Next Nick Concert – Connie Kaldor and The Eisenhauers – Sold Out!

The next concert at the Nick will feature  Connie Kaldor and her family band with opener The Eisenhauers.  

Connie writes:  “I’m always happy to get out in view of the Rockies. I’ve got some shows coming up in October in Alberta…I am bringing my sons with me to play… Paul Campagne is putting the combine in the quonset and heading out on the road with me. I finally have a family band without having to learn the accordion!.”

Tickets for this concert are sold out!

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.

Connie Kaldor

Connie Kaldor

Connie’s best known song, Wood River, from the 1992 album of the same name, is considered by many to be the quintessential Saskatchewan tune, it was named one of the top Canadian songs by Canadian Geographic Magazine. In 1984 Connie received a Most Promising Female Vocalist Juno nomination for her album Moonlight Grocery, and Lullaby Berceuse took home Best Children’s Album in 1989. She took Best Children’s Album again in 2004 with a book/cd entitled A Duck in New York City. Love is a Truck was nominated for a 2000 Juno in the Folk Roots category. In 2002 she received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal, in recognizing her outstanding contribution to the arts. Her original songs and riveting performances evoke the powerful and unique presence of the Canadian prairies. Witty and serious, down-home and metropolitan, her versatility and talent ensure that her fan base expands with every show.

The Eisenhauers

The Eisenhauers

The husband and wife duo of Jeremy Eisenhauer and Sheree Plett Eisenhauer have released The Road We Once Knew. Simple, spare and heartbreaking in its directness, the concepts of distance, time and the wavering arcs of separation and reunion have rarely been as compellingly explored as they are in this powerful debut album. At heart, it is a
meditation on change that explores the dynamics of escaping from the city and moving to the country. Beautifully played, sung and executed, it is a testament to the healing power of music and the value of wisdom gained from experience.

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

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 still available at $253.00 each for eleven concerts. Send a cheque, made out to “The Acoustic Music Society”, to P.O. Box 64244 Thorncliffe PO Calgary AB T2K 6J7.

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.

There will be tickets available at the door for tonight’s performance.

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.

new lynn pic press LG

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.

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

2016-2017 Guitar Raffle Winner!

Congratulations to Corrine Vacon on winning our 2016-2017 Guitar Raffle.

Corrine and guitar

Corrine Vacon and guitar

2016-2017 Nick Guitar

2016-2017 Nick Guitar amidst Easter snow

The Beaver Creek Dreadnought guitar and trail pack bag, was generously donated by Mike MacLeod and The Acoustic Guitar.  Mike is one of the founders of the Nick and was our sound man for many, many years.  Thanks Mike!!

All proceeds from the Nickelodeon Guitar Raffle will be used to support ArtsCan Circle, a registered charity dedicated to linking creative artists with Indigenous youth at risk in Canada.

ArtsCan Circle hopes to encourage self-esteem amongst Indigenous youth in isolated communities through a cooperative exploration of the arts. ArtsCan Circle sends teams of volunteer musicians & artists to remote Indigenous communities engaging groups of children and youth in workshops to facilitate creative expression and teach skills in playing musical instruments, song-writing, visual arts and performance arts.

Thanks to everyone who supported the Nick guitar raffle!

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.