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 Year from 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
The East Coast Blues Society (ECBS) announced the acts to be their representatives at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis this January.
Charlie A’Court won his spot in the Solo/Duo category and Shrimp Daddy & The Sharpshooters won in the Band category. The ECBS held its regional qualifier last weekend inviting performs to showcase their material in front of a panel of judges.
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.
The Music Nova Scotia Award nominations were announced today and Come On Over has been nominated for Blues Recording of the Year. The awards will be handed out during Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week on Sunday, November 8 in Yarmouth, NS.
A’Court will close out his summer touring with a special performance at the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in Fredericton. With special guest, Chris Kirby, A’Court will be opening for Colin James on Friday, September 18 at 8:45 PM at the Moose Light Blues Tent. For ticket info, visit Harvest Jazz & Blues. To listen to Charlie’s new album, Come On Over, visit the Discography page.