Honky Tonkin’ with the songs of Hank Williams
Photo by Kevin Aichele
A celebration of the King of Country Music! Hank Williams was one of the most influential American singer/songwriters of the 20th century, with 12 number one country hits over his career. Known as the grandfather of contemporary country music, everyone knows his legendary songs: Hey Good Lookin’, Cold Cold Heart, and Lovesick Blues. Jack Nicholsen and Regal Road will perform all of Hank’s hits in ways you have never heard them before.
With special guest on steel guitar
Shows are all ages as long as any minor is accompanied by an adult. Please refer to our safety policy if you have any questions.
A professional musician, composer, songwriter and recording artist for over 35 years, Jack Nicholsen was an original member of the Juno award winning band the Leslie Spit Treeo. He is also a member of The Cameron Family Singers, a traditional country band that enjoyed a twelve year weekly residency at Toronto’s venerable Cameron House on Queen Street west. Jack also has an acting career that spans over 40 years. He played Stompin’ Tom in the Blyth Festival and Charlottetown Festival co-production of the Ballad of Stompin’ Tom and won a Calgary Theatre Critic’s award for Best Performance by a Male in a Musical for his role in Ken Cameron’s Dear Johnny Deere featuring the music of Fred Eaglesmith. He acted in and co-wrote the music for The Blyth Festival’s critically acclaimed production of “The Pigeon King” which was invited for a limited run at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The son of British Columbia Country Music Hall of Famer steel guitarist Rex Howard, Jack has literally been listening to Hank Williams since before he was born and is thrilled to be singing his songs on this 100th anniversary of the year of Hank’s birth.
Regal Road was formed out of the musical collaboration that took place while working on the Blyth Festival production of “The Pigeon King”. Jack and fellow collaborators on that production, Actor/musician Rebecca Auerbach and theatre artist/multi-instrumentalist George Meanwell, discovered they all had love of a common musical repertoire that included artists like Gillian Welch, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and others. Their chemistry was undeniable and they decided they had to keep playing together. Since teaming up with theatre artist/musician Ajineen Sagal (violin), Actor/musician Paul Braunstein (percussion), and acquiring bassist James Mceleney, Regal Road has developed a loyal and quickly growing fan base in Ontario. For “Honky Tonkin’ with the Songs of Hank Williams” they are thrilled to be sharing the stage with renowned steel guitarist, Burke Carroll.
ABOUT THE VENUE
Sergeants Mess Hall
The 180-seat Sergeants Mess Hall at Base31 is the newest performance venue to open in Prince Edward County. This architectural gem has been renovated and repurposed as a unique and intimate concert venue, featuring state-of-the art sound and lighting, with its original historic charm and character retained. Now with an alluring, cabaret lounge feel and elevated bar service, this gem of a venue ensures a sophisticated, enjoyable and warm concert experience. The space features both reserved seating at cabaret tables and general admission seating ticket options. Enjoy some of the most legendary and impressive names in music, sharing the music you already love, along with your favourite tunes revisited by new artists we know you’ll become instant fans of. The Sergeants Mess Hall is an up-close and personal experience with the best of the stage in a beautifully reimagined setting. An unforgettable entertainment experience; it doesn’t get any better than this.
The Sergeants Mess Hall has a rich history dating back to its construction in 1939. The building was originally built as a mess hall for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) No. 31 Bombing and Gunnery School during World War II. During the war, the building served as a gathering place for the sergeants who were stationed at the base. It was a place where they could relax, eat meals, and socialize with their fellow soldiers. After the war, the base was decommissioned and the building served a variety of purposes over the years, including as a community center, a school, and a storage facility.
General Admission Seating
Seating is first come, first served in this section. Please do not save seats for individuals who have not yet arrived. Our goal is to create an enjoyable and comfortable experience for all attendees. Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you at the event!
We are excited to offer reserved seating for our upcoming event. Please note: our tables at the Sergeants Mess Hall are arranged as tables of four. If you purchase less than four tickets, you will be seated with other attendees at a small table cabaret style. We hope this seating arrangement will provide a fun and sociable experience for everyone. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to hosting you at the event.