AX Music Series Archives

Our archives are listed in reverse-chronological order, from most recent to going back in time.

2019


September 14, 2019 Mike Biggar and Grant Heckman

AX Music Series presents Mike Biggar

Join us at AX on Saturday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. for a performance by award winning contemporary roots and blues artist, Mike Biggar, accompanied by acoustic guitarist Grant Heckman.

With a musical history that stretches back to a gospel music childhood, Biggar is the picture of a lifetime spent in performance. In his near ten year career, Biggar has been honoured with numerous East Coast Music Association and Music New Brunswick awards. Following the 2017 release of his third album GO ALL IN (Busted Flat Records) and a banner year of touring and publicity, Biggar’s latest offering received the 2017 Music New Brunswick Award for ‘Blues Artist of the Year’ and the 2018 East Coast Music Award for ‘Blues Recording of the Year’ in May 2018. These are added to his twice previous Music NB Award wins (2014, 2011), an East Coast Music Award (2012) and numerous other nominations and acclaim. GO ALL IN has received glowing reviews and radio play across Canada, Europe and Australia, with features in publications such as the UK’s Blues Matters and FATEA magazines. Biggar has been a featured performer on major Canadian East Coast festival stages such as the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Kempt Shore Acoustic Festival.

Tickets cost $20 each and you can purchase them at AX, 12 Maple Ave, or by calling (506) 433-8351.


June 19, 2019 Harpsichordist Tim Blackmore and Luthier Andrew Graham

AX Music Series presents Tim Blackmore and Andrew Graham

AX is pleased to present harpsichordist Tim Blackmore and luthier Andrew Graham for a combined event of music and education.

Tim Blackmore will offer a performance on the harpsichord, and Andrew Graham will talk about the skills necessary to create the harpsichord and what goes into the instrument’s fabrication.

This event is a perfect fit with our current art exhibition, PROCESS: New Brunswick Artists Working with Wood.

There will be a freewill offering at this event


May 4, 2019 Morgan Davis

Join us at AX on May 4 as we welcome blues performer Morgan Davis.

Morgan Davis has been on the road playing the blues for 48 years. Growing up in Detroit in the 1950’s, blues, R & B, and rock and roll was in the air, along with the new “Motown” sound. Davis came to Canada in 1968, settling in Toronto, which was a stop along the blues club circuit for all the travelling Chicago musicians – and Davis had a chance to see them all, and learn directly from legends like Muddy Waters. He sought out players like Sunnyland Slim and Johnny Shines, both of whom played with Robert Johnson, one of Morgan’s biggest influences.

Over the years, Davis has won 8 Maple Blues Awards, 2 Jazz Report Awards, and the JUNO in 2003 for Blues Album of the Year. His latest release, “Home Away from Home,” is on Downbeat magazine’s Top 50 albums of 2018 list.

Davis performs solo, playing traditional and original blues on electric guitars and 3 string cigar-box guitar.

Here’s a sample of Davis’ music.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m., music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, available at AX, 12 Maple Ave, or by calling (506) 433-8351.


March 3, 2019 Irish Music Session

Traditional Irish Music Session – FREE

Sunday, March 3, 2-4pm

Get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit of things early by joining us on Sunday, March 3 at 2pm for a peek into the world of Irish music sessions!

Comhaltas (pronounced COAL-tas) is an international organization that promotes and preserves traditional Irish music and culture. They will be bringing a traditional Irish music session to AX that afternoon, free of charge. They also encourage other Celtic music performers who are familiar with Celtic music to join them with traditional Irish acoustic instruments.

Knocks Café will be open to serve refreshments (no meals) during the afternoon.

Whether you’re performing or just listening, all are welcome to attend this free outreach event at AX.


February 23, 2019 Ian James


Join us at AX on February 23 as we welcome singer-songwriter Ian Janes.

Originally from Dartmouth, Ian Janes is a singer, songwriter, musician and producer. His songs mix pop, soul and roots music. His 4th record, Yes Man, is available now; through every track you can clearly hear the confidence and individuality that comes from experience, combined with the fire and vitality of an artist at the top of his game.

Check out the link below to hear a sample:
http://www.ianjanes.com/site/

Doors open at 7:00 p.m., music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, available at AX, 12 Maple Ave, or by calling (506) 433-8351.


January 19, 2019 Ethan Ash


On Saturday, January 19, the AX Music Series is pleased to present British singer songwriter Ethan Ash, a fine guitarist, vocalist and live performer. 


Ethan’s music style, strong song writing, increasing reputation on the live circuit and many festival appearances has seen his popularity and fan base grow in both the UK and Canada.

Here’s a sample of Ethan’s music.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m., concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets $20 at AX, 12 Maple Ave, Sussex NB or call (506) 433-8351 to reserve over the phone.


2018

September 29, 2018 Different Folk

The AX Centre is pleased to welcome Different Folk as part of our ongoing AXMusic Series

Different Folk combines a melodious mix of Maritime music, folk-rock, and contemporary arrangements of Celtic favorites with a blend of beautiful vocals and lively fiddling. Tight vocal harmonies combined with a knack for having fun are part and parcel with this group. So come, join in, and sing along!

Tickets are only $20 and seating is limited in the gallery. You can purchase tickets in person at AX, or over the phone 433-8351. 

About Different Folk

Different Folk is Kim Moller (vocals and bodhran), Will Toner (vocals and guitar), ECMA nominee Katherine Moller (vocals and fiddle) and Don LeBlanc (bass). Have a listen!

Tickets are only $20 and seating is limited in the gallery. You can purchase tickets in person at AX, 12 Maple Avenue, Sussex NB, or over the phone, (506) 433-8351.


August 30, 2018 My Father's Son

The AX Centre is pleased to welcome My Father’s Son as part of our ongoing AX Music Series

My Father’s Son, an indie folk group with roots in London, ON and Montreal, QC, melds together intricate lyrics with the richness of simplified, acoustic sound. Singer/songwriter Mark Kulmala will be joined by Paul Meadows (Uisca Beatha, The Beauties) on the recording of their first full length album ‘Heart of Wood’. An air of storytelling colors their music with sentimental and wholly relatable verses that immerse the audience in the beauty of shared experiences.

From festivals, to large halls, to living rooms, My Father’s Son has shared the stage with some of Canada’s best artists. Have a listen!

Tickets are only $20 and seating is limited in the gallery. You can purchase tickets in person at AX, 12 Maple Avenue, Sussex NB, or over the phone, (506) 433-8351.


June 16, 2018 Dana Sipos

The AX Centre is pleased to welcome Dana Sipos as part of our ongoing AX Music Series

Dana Sipos’ captivatingly nuanced songs are infused with a wild wind and a haunting, slightly hypnotic surrealism, akin to the mysteries of the north where she lived for many years. Sipos’ album, Roll Up the Night Sky, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award celebrating innovation in creating new folk sounds. She will be joined by Devarrow, an ECMA-nominated, singer-songwriter living in Halifax.

Here’s a sample of Dana’s music.

Tickets are only $20, and we’re hosting this event in the AXGallery, which has limited seating, so don’t delay. Please purchase your ticket by visiting the centre at 12 Maple Ave., or pay with credit card over the phone, (506) 433-8351.


May 12, 2018 Brent Mason

The AX Centre is pleased to welcome Brent Mason as part of our ongoing AX MusicSeries

Brent is a Saint John-based songwriter and acoustic guitar player who has been performing for 25 years. He has just released his 10th album (High Water Mark) and has been nominated for, and/or won ECMA and Music NB awards, including MNB folk/roots recording of the year in 2012. 

Brent has toured the UK four imes, and played across Canada and in the US. He’s a storyteller and a prolific writer who values words immensely and crafts vivid images of our human experience in his songs. Brent has played many major festivals in the region including Harvest Jazz and Blues. He heads up a very talented band, and since 1992, Brent has hosted a legendary open stage in Saint John. He also facilitates song workshops in high schools in southern NB. Brent is considered the “Godfather of folk music in Saint John”.

Here’s a sample of Brent’s music.

Tickets are only $20, and we’re hosting this event in the AX Gallery, which has limited seating, so don’t delay. Please purchase your ticket by visiting the centre at 12 Maple Ave., or pay with credit card over the phone, (506) 433-8351.


April 21, 2018 Thom Swift

The AX Centre is pleased to kick off our AX Music Series with “An Evening with Thom Swift” on April 21, 2018. The New Brunswick born/Halifax based performer brings with him almost 30 years of proven experience as a singer/songwriter and guitarist. The multi award winner has released four solo albums including his latest titled “The Legend of Roy Black.”

Thom has toured and shared the stage with noted performers such as Rosanne Cash, John Hiatt, Bill Frisell, John Mayall, and Pinetop Perkins, and he is co-founder of award-winning folk-blues-jazz group, Hot Toddy Trio, who have released nine albums and performed at prestigious music festivals worldwide. No stranger to Sussex, Thom is excited about the April 21 gig. “It’s always a pleasure to see old friends in Sussex and I am proud to be the first performer at the new AX Centre,” said Swift.

Tickets are only $20, and we’re hosting this event in the AX Gallery, which has limited seating, so don’t delay. Tickets are on sale March 22 for AX members, and March 23 for the general public. Please purchase your ticket by visiting the centre at 12 Maple Ave., or pay with credit card over the phone, 433-8351.


2017

November 12, 2017 Kick AX

November 12, 7:00 pm
Sussex Regional High School


Back by popular demand, the Kick AX Show! This event is being organized again by Bonny Hill, Phyllis Corbett, and Cathy Healy, so we’re in for another treat.

We’re pleased to feature top-notch acts again this year, such as: 

Local performer Amy Dow, accompanied by Wayne White, who is well-known in southern NB music circuits. Eric Cunningham, who will move the audience with his heartfelt rendition of “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” and Sarah Hallyburton and Jennifer Parlee, who will perform a light duet.

Young performers will also take the stage at the Kick AX ShowStep In Time dancers Lauren Marr and Lynsy MacEachern will fill the stage with their dance moves, as will Highland dancer Elizabeth Hickey. Jake and Hannah Freeze, Ginny and Maggie Melvin, and Sam Sharpe are sure to be crowd pleasers.
 
Tickets for the Kick AX Show are only $10 and are on sale at AX, Winterwood, Sobeys, and Morris Music. And if you’d like to purchase or renew your AX membership at the same time, you’ll get $10 off your membership price!