Honky Tonk Blues : An Evening Of Country Classics presented by the West End Cultural Centre

The West End Cultural Centre presents Honky Tonk Blues

Honky Tonk Blues : An Evening Of Country Classics presented by the West End Cultural Centre

Sun, March 25, 2018

Doors: 7:15 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

$20.00 - $25.00

Little Miss Higgins
Little Miss Higgins
From the Great Northern Plains, Little Miss Higgins struts and serenades her way onto any stage playing music brewed up in early country blues, jazz and folk. For over 15 years, she has performed, toured, collaborated, recorded and released 5 independent albums. Her music has won three Western Canadian Music Awards and received JUNO and Maple Blues Awards nominations. Now, along with motherhood, Higgins has the newest addition to her list of accomplishments, MY HOME, MY HEART.

Recorded at The Song Shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, MY HOME, MY HEART is a collection of fresh songs from a unique artist, who remains true to her roots, but has ventured into new territory. Her voice has never been richer or songwriting riper, and the crew of Winnipeg musicians Higgins has brought together on this musical steam ship shines with talent. Co-produced with Scott Nolan and engineered by Jamie Sitar of Outta Town Sound, this album is an effortless addition to this artist’s impressive body of work. To top it all off, her hand-drawn ink artwork is used for the album cover design.

Little Miss Higgins (aka Jolene Higgins) was born in Brooks, Alberta, and raised in Independence, Kansas. Music entered her life early. “When I was about four my dad brought home an old mini-grand piano and told me it was mine. I carved my name in the side of it and then I had to start taking piano lessons.”

Higgins now uses guitar and voice as her main instruments as well as her theatre background to bring a refreshing sound and story to the stage. Higgins settled in Saskatchewan from 2002-2013 and that’s when music took the driver’s seat. Over that time she built her career touring across Canada performing in clubs, theatres and festivals.

As a songwriter and musician, Higgins has been influenced by a range of artists from Memphis Minnie and Billie Holiday to Joni Mitchell and Dolly Parton as well as the vast array of Canadian musicians and bands she has had the fortune to see live or even share a stage with like Big Dave McLean, Corb Lund and the Deep Dark Woods to name a few.

In 2011, Higgins opened kd lang’s album release tour in Britain and has appeared live on many CBC radio shows such as Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café, Michael Enright’s Sunday Edition and Rich Terfry’s Drive. Her talents have also been put to use in the creation of a dust-bowl folk opera in collaboration with the Old Trout Puppet Workshop of Calgary, Alberta. Sharing her abilities with others, young and old, is another passion; she has taught songwriting at many schools and workshops including the Hornby Island Blues Workshop and Play & Record at the West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg MB.

Higgins has since made the province of Manitoba her home with her partner and son. Though motherhood takes up most of her time these days, she continues to perform, write, paint, and cultivate her creative spirit.
Jaxon Haldane
Jaxon Haldane
Originally hailing from the hotbed of Canadian music Winnipeg MB, now hiding out in Oklahoma City, USA for the past several years, infamous frontman, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer Jaxon Haldane comes into his own, as a solo artist with the ability to combine the visceral intensity of punkrock or dixieland, with the soul stirring emotion of vintage country and blues emboldened in his songwriting. He was the frontman, singer, banjo player for legendary Canadian "mutant bluegrass" band D-RANGERS, where Haldane toured and shared the stage with Fred Eaglesmith, The Sadies, Romi Mayes, Scott Nolan, Willie P Bennett, Roger Marin, and Corb Lund. He even produced and recorded Canadian legend Willie P Bennett's last album before his passing.
Jess Reimer
Jess Reimer
There is no denying that an artist is a reflection of their environment, and the harsh beauty of rural Manitoba is at the heart of Jess Reimer’s work. Be it snowed-in, wool-wearing imagery or dirt under your nails, ‘sweating through the yellow silk’ summer feel, the extremes and heartiness of Manitoba are in Jess’ songs. Listening to Reimer it is clear she is unwaveringly connected to the soul of traditional North American music. There are times when she sounds as if she’s on stage at the Grand Ole Opry circa 1963. Jess has been a part of Winnipeg, MB’s roots music scene for years, and with her latest album, The Nightjar and The Garden, she's been embraced by a much wider audience."The Nightjar and the Garden traverses the road between the personal and the profound, the sacred and the profane”. It's “a highly literary effort" says Zachary Houle - Pop Matters.

Jer Hamm and Jess met in the fall of 2002. Jess heard there was a young fiddler in town. Jer heard there was this girl that played bluegrass with her father. Jess left a note on his front stoop asking him come to a rehearsal that night. Jer pulled up in his butter yellow 1980 Chev Deluxe and there began a decade long bluegrass outfit which included Jess’ father, tenor vocalist and song writer, Doug Reimer and banjoist Tim Osmond.. There also began a marriage, a family and a business: a guitar building school. These days Jer and Jess live in their rambling brick house in La Riviere MB with their free range kids. They allow the intimacy of married life, the loving and the 'unloving', to seep into their duo performances. Accomplished live performance schticks vary from full 6 piece country band to traditional bluegrass outfit to acoustic duo. Jer Hamm plays mandolin, fiddle, and guitar in all of these ensembles. He also builds and repairs their instruments! Together they have toured Canada from Halifax to Vancouver and the US from New York to Seattle.

Jeremy Hamm was born and raised in the Lincoln County, Niagara Peninsula of Southern Ontario. His father, a mechanical engineer, and mother, a hair stylist with a superb voice, gave him classical violin lessons. Through fear and intimidation, he learned to focus on a style he deemed boring. His grandfather was a sideman for the popular bluegrass group, The Lincoln County Peach Pickers. Their best known hit, "Niagara Moon", was heard from coast to coast weekly on CBC in the early 1950's.
At the age of 14, Jer's Grandpa loaned him his 1951 Martin 0-18 guitar to learn the basics of what became Jer’s true love of music: bluegrass and country. Shortly after an instrumental move to Winnipeg in the mid 90's, Jer got into guitar building and repair and began playing with Jess. Now scads of Winnipeg musicians play Jer's instruments. He's a 'musicians luthier' and a songwriter's sideman. He can play almost anything!
Quinton Blair
Quinton Blair
Honest as a day spent on a tractor, and driven like the drifting Prairie snow. 2017 Manitoba Country Music Association Male Artist of the Year, Quinton Blair is a road running, tale-spinning songwriter. Silky and smooth like a diesel engine, his beard glistening in the setting sun, its rodeo mud in his teeth and horses in his blood.
Venue Information:
West End Cultural Centre
586 Ellice Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, R3B 1Z8
http://www.wecc.ca/