Charlie will be hosting the annual Blues Meltdown concert which returns to Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre on Saturday, January 21. A’Court’s first show of 2017 brings out some heavy hitters and crowd pleasers on the regional blues scene. This year’s lineup includes renowned jazz/blues pianist and songwriter, Kim Dunn; harp master Shrimp Daddy, and rock/blues guitarists Christine Campbell and bandmate Blake Johnston.
On February 4, the show makes it’s way to Fat Tony’s in Pictou for an encore presentation featuring opening guests Leah & Kyle Samson.
A’Court’s three week tour in Australia moves into it’s final week with concerts in Victoria state. So far, Charlie has brought his contemporary soul blues signature to Gympie Music Muster, Smith’s Alternative in Canberra and just wrapped up three blockbuster shows calledThe Best Of Chess featuring A’Court and Aussie blues greats Ray Beadle and Chris Wilson.
This week A’Court, backed by Rosscoe Clark (drums) and Harry Brus (bass), heads into VIC for shows including a one-night-only double-bill with Australian blues phenom, Lloyd Spiegel on Saturday, Sept 10 at The Flying Saucer Club.
The remaining shows include:
Sunday, Sept 4 – Beaches, Thirroul, NSW – (02)4267 2288
Thursday, Sept 8 – The Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC – (03)5443 6063
Friday, Sept 9 – Baha Tacos, Rye, VIC – (03)5985 2077
Saturday, Sept 10 – The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick, VIC – (03)9528 3600
Sunday, Sept 11 – Way Out West Roots Music Club, Williamstown, VIC – (03)9397 7642
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.
International touring, multi-award winning Canadian soul/blues/roots performer, Charlie A'Court.