Country & Western

The next instalment of the Watermark Music Series—Aug 6

Nick Doneff, also know as Rick Donair, The Queens County Rambler

The second concert in the Watermark Music Series will be a Classic Country & Western Night with Rick Donair (Nick Doneff) on August 6 at 7:30 pm. Curated by Hannah Melanson, the series features local talent interpreting famous songwriters.  

Nick Doneff returns to the Watermark Theatre in North Rustico for the first time since the 2019 Tribute to Stompin’ Tom Connors, this time performing under his honky-tonkin’, jukebox hoggin’ pseudonym, Rick Donair, The Queens County Rambler. 

Classic Country & Western Nights with Rick Donair began in 2016 as a Father’s Day tradition at the Trailside Café in Mt. Stewart, but have since become a fan favourite in music venues (and bar rooms) across the Island. With selections by artists such as Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, George Jones, Ray Price, Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, Webb Pierce, Roger Miller, Buck Owens, Hank Snow and many more, Rick Donair rambles through the 40s, 50s and 60s pickin’ on a little something for everyone.

Tom Power, host of CBC’s “Q”, describes Nick Doneff’s music as a cross between Joel Plaskett and John Prine and called him an artist that “you need to hear.” Doneff also regularly works onstage as an instrumentalist with some of PEI’s finest acts, including Tara MacLean, Liam Corcoran and Two Hours Traffic.

His most recent LP, The Late August Days, features contributions from Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies), Aaron Comeau (Skydiggers), Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson), Catherine MacLellan, Dave Haskett (Shawn Mendes), Blair Packham (The Jitters), and more.

Tickets can be purchased at ticketwizard.ca or by calling the box office at 963-3963.