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Birthday Party and House Concert

Had a great night at the Lanoie’s celebrating Linea‘s birthday.  Happy birthday, Linea!

And part of that birthday was a Dale Nikkel house concert.  Originally the house concert was planned for our house, but several weeks ago, Linea’s husband, Leo, came up to me after church and told me to save March 14 for Linea’s birthday.  And I said that I was going to tell him the same thing for this house concert.  <sing-songy voice> Cooooonfliiiiiiict!</song-songy voice>  The problem was that the people that would most likely be attending Linea’s birthday party were also the bulk of the people I was planning on inviting to the house concert.

I toyed with rescheduling–another day, earlier on the same day, cancelling–until Leo emailed me and suggested that we have the concert later on in the evening at their house.  Brilliant!  (And Linea has already said that it was the best birthday party she’s ever had.)

Dale was incredibly kind and understanding in this whole process.  I apologized to him for having so few friends that I couldn’t gather up enough people from outside our church group to make the house concert work (he was looking for about 30 people), and he said not to worry: he’s played all kinds of shows for all kinds of people, including to a couple of stranded truckers (ah, the struggling artist!).

Anyway, the concert was a hit.  Dale and his friend Kimbal Siebert were fantastic.  Everybody had a great time.

I would definitely have a Dale Nikkel house concert again, any time.  And if you have a chance to go to a Dale Nikkel concert, do it.  You will not regret it.  

Also: buy his new CD.  It’s available on iTunes (or will be shortly).  Better yet, order a hard copy through his website, because he’ll get a better cut of the purchase.  I haven’t had much chance to listen to the CD (I only bought it last night), but I daresay it’s his best yet (although, to be fair, I haven’t given his previous CD a fair shake yet–I didn’t buy it that long ago).

Dale Nikkel (&Kimbal Siebert's right eye and arm and a portion of his guitar)

Dale Nikkel & Kimbal Siebert (respectively)

Several people have asked how I know Dale.  I know him through his brother, Chris.  Chris and I were tree planting partners for two or three seasons–somehow our foreman Kyle saw us as a perfect match in terms of personality, etc.  We became friends (and we were good planting partners).  Chris is a poet, published and all.  I haven’t seen Chris in nearly a decade–he has split his time between Canada and Ireland–but we send annual, sometimes semi-annual email updates.  Somehow we’ve managed to click even after all these years.

All that to say…I met Dale once when we stopped at their Edmonton home on our way to Prince George for another tree planting season.  Then I met him at one of his concerts in Saskatoon several years ago.  Later on he called me up about doing a house concert, which fell through.  This one almost did, too.   The Nikkels–at least, the two I’ve met (oh, and a cousin)–are fine, soft-spoken folk.

House concert – Dale Nikkel – March 14

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we would be having a house concert this coming Saturday (March 14, which I had mistakenly said was the 15th).  There is still a house concert, but plans have changed slightly.  The concert will no longer be at our house (it will be at someone else’s), but you are still welcome to come if you’re interested.  

Dale Nikkel is an award-winning folk singer/songwriter and storyteller, family man, former-teacher-turned-student out of Winnipeg (though I don’t think he lives there right now).  Check out his website for more information about Dale and for free mp3s and samples of his music.  Also, go to YouTube for some videos of live performances.

Dale is the brother of a friend of mine from my tree planting days.  Dixie and I saw Dale in concert in Saskatoon several years ago and we loved the concert.  We had also seen Bruce Cockburn in concert several weeks prior and in an email to Dale’s brother I remarked that Dale’s concert was as good as Bruce’s–probably even better because it was in a more intimate setting.

His songs are introspective, other times funny.  He’s a great story teller–a Dale Nikkel concert experience is not unlike a Steve Bell concert: a healthy mix of song and story.

I’m not a great promoter.  Don’t hire me as your PR guy.  

Here are some blurbs I nicked from his website:

“An engagingly personal performer…” – The Toronto Star

“Captivating images in streams of poetic beauty” – The Edmonton Journal

“Lyrics that can raise the hairs on your neck.”  – Uptown Magazine, Winnipeg

“The easy cadence of Paul Simon colors the voice of Canada’s Dale Nikkel…” – Performing Songwriter

All true.  Seriously: Dale Nikkel is an excellent singer/songwriter.  If you ever have a chance to see him in concert, go.

The concert will be at about 8:00 this Saturday.  Contact me if you’re interested.  I’m not posting details here because it’s a house concert, so space will be limited and I don’t want a horde of unexpected people showing up at the door.  Dale is touring to promote his new album, Second Hand.  There is no charge for the concert, but there is a suggested donation of $10 per person to cover some of his costs.  His concert will be more than worth that price.

You can contact me about it by clicking “Email Me” above or emailing me at theeagleandchild AT gmail DOT com (please make the subject “Dale Nikkel” to make absolutely sure it doesn’t get picked up by my spam filter).

In the meantime, here are a couple of YouTube clips:

Dale and his friend Kimbal Siebert (who will apparently be joining Dale for the concert) performing “Closer to the Flame”:

And here is Dale doing a duet of his song “Silver and Gold” with Samantha Schultz:

More videos here.

Hope to hear from you (certain Prince Albert people who will be attending a certain birthday party in town on Saturday need not worry. The concert will follow some of the birthday festivities. Stick around.)