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