2018-2019 Season

Trevor Panczak and his Band

Thursday, November 1, 2018      
7:30pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Bassano Community Hall

Trevor Panczak and his Band

There’s just something honest, compelling and immediately likeable about Trevor Panczak and his music. With a refreshing authenticity that is increasingly rare to find, the Alberta-based country recording artist writes, interprets and records songs that speak to one’s heart in a way that is simple, soulful and with an appeal to a broad array of music fans. Whether singing original compositions or recording those of other writers, Trevor is able to take ownership of the song; his vocal performance grabbing hold of the listener’s attention, evoking memories and emotions born out of a life that has seen its tragedies and triumphs. He has developed the remarkable ability to connect not only with an audience but with a song and translate his own personal connection to engage listeners. “I think what I do is take the best elements of the older era of country music, where it was more grounded, more honest and more about real life, and combine it with a modern, melodic flair, sensibility and sound,” says Trevor.

Christmas with Heather Rankin and her Band!

Thursday, November 29th, 2018  
7:30pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Bassano Community Hall

 

Heather Rankin was born in the picturesque village of Mabou, Cape Breton, the eleventh of Buddy and Kaye Rankin’s twelve children. Mabou is rich in Gaelic culture and tradition; a place where Celtic music and dance is tightly interwoven in the lives of its community. The Rankin family lived in a house next to the Community Hall, so Heather and her siblings could sit on the fence and listen to the music emanating from the Pig and Whistles inside. Christmas in the Rankin family home, like their lives, was filled with music. Heather Rankin remembers as a child the joy of singing in the church choir with her sisters and her first Boxing Day ceilidh at the Mabou Hall. “It was always an exciting thing,” she said. “It was a social outing.” Heather Rankin released her first solo album, A Fine Line, in 2016, after decades performing and recording as part of Cape Breton’s renowned Rankin Family or Rankin Sisters. In 2017, Imagine, her second solo release — and first solo Christmas album was released. Heather will present a concert with songs from both albums as well as some of the traditional Rankin Family favourites.

 

The Story of The Hag

Wednesday, February 6, 2019     
7:30pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Bassano Community Hall

Be  part  of  a  special  evening  dedicated  to  one  of  the  greatest  artists  in  country  music  history  –  Merle  Haggard.  In  “The  Story  of  The  Hag”,  JUNO-nominated  singer,  Jess  Lee,   will  take  you  on  a  journey  through  Haggard’s  incredible  life  and  times  through  stories  and  songs.  With  an  incredible  career  spanning  six  decades,  Haggard  rose  from  poverty  and  prison  to  international  fame  through  his  songs  about  outlaws,  underdogs,  the heartbroken  and  the  hard-living.  Haggard  wrote  songs  for  the  working  class  to  drink  to,  dance  to,  and  cry  to.  He  notched  40  No.  1  hits  including  ”Working  Man  Blues”,  “Mama  Tried”,  “Silver  Wings”  and  one  of  the  most  famous  country  songs  of  all  time,  “Okie  From  Muskogee”.  The  show  also  includes  the  stories  from  Haggard’s  life  that  echo  the  songs  he  sang;  he  was  born  poor,  raised  in  a  converted  railway  boxcar  and  turned  21  in  prison  before  turning  his  life  around  to  become  a  country  music  hero.  “The  Story  of  The  Hag  “  is  a  must-see  for  Haggard  fans  and  music  fans  alike.

 The Ennis Sisters – “Keeping Time”

Tuesday, March 12,  2019     
7:30pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Bassano Community Hall

By popular demand, the Ennis Sisters return – after gracing our Bassano audience with their Christmas show a few years ago. With multiple accolades – a JUNO Award, SOCAN Award, and multiple East Coast Music Awards – The Ennis Sisters  (Maureen, Teresa and Karen) are a world renowned, celebrated Celtic/folk group from St. John’s, NL. With their closely knit harmonies and voices as powerful as the North Atlantic, it’s in their bones to sing. Their live show features breath-taking harmonies, humorous stories, step dancing, Celtic instrumentals and original material that leaves audiences feeling thoroughly entertained. Their latest CD, Keeping Time, was produced by highly acclaimed musician, author and Newfoundlander, Alan Doyle.

 

May 4, 2019 – Dinner Theatre Fundraiser  – BAC + Bassano Community Players