Happy Canada Day to all Canadians here at home and to those travelling or living abroad. I want to mark this national holiday by sharing with you something very special to me. I’ve co-written a timely and heartfelt song with Lloyd Spiegel Music from Australia called, “Refuse To Fear”.
Lloyd was touring in Brussels the day of the terrorist attacks. In the hours and days that followed, he and I wrote this song together over Skype and debuted it at the East Coast Music Awards. Since then, I’ve sung this at some particularly moving events, most recently, a vigil organized in Halifax in the wake of the Orlando shootings targeting the LGBTQ community.
These are trying and uncertain times. Watching violence and destruction pointlessly tear apart lives, leaves me feeling anxious and vulnerable. I cling to hope and am inspired when I see communities of all race, faith, gender, and sexual orientation embrace one another in solidarity and stand united in the face of evil.
With that in mind, I want to share with you a lyric video that I’ve made for “Refuse To Fear”. If you are moved by it, please share it on Facebook and Twitter or on your website and use the hashtag #RefuseToFear.
With your assistance, I know we can share this song around the world and help give a little comfort to those who can surely use it.
Happy Canada Day.
Many of the region’s top performers including A’Court will be on Cape Breton Island this weekend to showcase their talents during Eastlink East Coast Music Week 2016. A’Court will be attending the annual conference and festival delivering a number of open-to-the-public shows. For complete info including schedule and ticketing, check out the East Coast Music Association web site.
Charlie kicks off his 2016 touring with performances at the acclaimed International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Hosted annually by the Blues Foundation, the IBCs attract performers of all shades of blue from around the world to compete in band and solo/duo categories. The competition runs from Jan 27-30.
“Come On Over”, the latest release from A’Court, garnered the 2015 Blues Recording of the Yearfrom the East Coast Music Awards and the 2015 Blues Recording of the Year from the Music Nova Scotia Awards.
Immediately after the IBCs, Charlie flies to Manitoba and Alberta for a tour of house concerts.
As one of Canada’s finest blues, roots & soul artists, Charlie A’Court has come up trumps with his fifth solo album, Come On Over and it features some very special guests.
Last seen touring here in 2014, Charlie managed to hit Sydney’s Blackfoot Sound Studios in between shows to record the new album, Come On Over, with his good friend Mark ‘Diesel’ Lizotte. Not only was Diesel at the production helm throughout the recording, together they co-wrote the anthemic title track & lead single Come On Over. Another highlight on the record is the stunning soulful duet I’m Sorry featuring Mahalia Barnes on vocals (co-written by Charlie & Kim Wempe).
Already receiving a great reaction in Canada, the lead single (Come On Over) picked up a solid amount of airplay…resulting in the track hitting number one on the Canadian National East Coast Countdown charts. While the recent Canadian East Coast Music Awards saw A’Court add another album award to his collection, thanks to Come On Over picking up the Blues Recording of the Year.
Come On Over will be released in Australia on October 30 through Fanfare Records (distributed by Universal Music Australia) – the label that brought you two of the biggest selling Australian Blues albums ever – Russell Morris’ Sharkmouth & Van Diemen’s Land. Fanfare label director Robert Rigby says, “Come On Over is a brilliant album and Charlie A’Court is a true international find. The involvement of Diesel & Mahalia Barnes on this record is an added treat which should connect this talented Canadian artist with Australian music lovers.”
To coincide with the album release, Charlie A’Court will return to Australia to perform throughout October & November with U.S. Boogie Blues legends Canned Heat, Diesel and Steve Clisby…as well as performances at Australian Music Week, The Wingham Akoostic & Sydney Blues & Roots Festivals.
Here is the list of tour dates:
Friday October 16 – Castle Hill RSL, NSW w/ Diesel
Saturday October 17 – Lewisham Hotel, Sydney w/ Wards Xpress
Sunday October 18 – Wingham Akoostic Festival, NSW
Thursday October 22 – The Tivoli, Brisbane QLD w/ Canned Heat
Saturday October 24 – Brass Monkey, Cronulla NSW w/ Steve Clisby
Sunday October 25 – Sydney Blues & Roots Festival (6pm) w/ Foreday Riders & Canned Heat
Sunday October 25 – The Basement, Sydney NSW w/ Canned Heat (night)
Monday October 26 – Canberra Theatre Playroom, ACT w/ Canned Heat
Tuesday October 27 – Brass Monkey, Cronulla NSW w/ Canned Heat
Wednesday October 28 – The Factory, Marrickville NSW w/ Canned Heat
Thursday October 29 – Corner Hotel, Richmond VIC w/ Canned Heat
Sunday November 1- Govenor Hindmarsh, Adelaide SA w/ Canned Heat
Tuesday November 3 – The Basement, Sydney NSW w/ Canned Heat
Friday November 6 – Brass Monkey, Cronulla NSW w/ Diesel
Saturday November 7 – Blues On The Water Cruise, Rocks Rhythm Boat, Sydney NSW w/ The Arc Riders – www.bluescruise.com.au (Matinee)
Saturday November 7 – Brass Monkey, Cronulla NSW w/ Diesel (night)
Sunday November 8 – Coast Hotel, Budgewoi NSW
Friday November 13 – Blues Explosion @ The Eastern Lounge, Roseville NSW
November 18-21 Australian Music Week, Cronulla NSW
Saturday November 21 – The Waterhouse, Jervis Bay NSW
Charlie will travel to Memphis in January to compete in International Blues Challenge, hosted by The Blues Foundation. A’Court’s latest recording, Come On Over is nominated for Blues Recording of the Year at the Music Nova Scotia Awards.
On Sunday, September 27 at Monte’s Showbar Grill in Dartmouth, NS, Charlie will compete in the “Maritimes to Memphis” showcase. Organized by the East Coast Blues Society, the event aims at selecting one band and one solo/duo act to travel to Memphis, TN and compete in the 2016 International Blues Challenge.
The event begins at 3 PM and tickets are $10 and proceeds will help offset the expenses for the selected performers to travel to Memphis.
Earlier this year, A’Court won the 2015 East Coast Music Award for Blues Recording of the Year and just received a Music Nova Scotia Award nomination for his latest album, Come On Over.
International touring, multi-award winning Canadian soul/blues/roots performer, Charlie A'Court.