Acclaimed musician, Charlie A’Court, is paying it forward by establishing a bursary supporting Nova Scotian high school graduates who are continuing their music education in university or college. The Charlie A’Court Scholarship for Excellence in Music (CASEM) will award $500 (CDN) to a graduating student who has been accepted into a post-secondary institution, specifically to continue his/her music education.
“Throughout my career I’ve always looked at ways I could channel the opportunities I’ve received into serving my community and creating win-win experiences,” A’Court explains. “This scholarship has been an aspiration of mine for years and it’s a means of expressing my gratitude for those opportunities by investing in tomorrow’s musical talent.”
A’Court, a 5-time East Coast Music Award winner and 8-time Music Nova Scotia Award winner, says the scholarship will be rolled out in two phases. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary since A’Court graduated from Cobequid Educational Centre (CEC) and its music program in Truro. For its inaugural year, A’Court plans to award the scholarship to a CEC student this June, before expanding province-wide for the 2017-2018 school year. “Looking back 20 years, this is my way of saying ‘thank you’ to CEC and the band program for giving me my start. Truro has such rich history in the arts, and has contributed to the world stage in a major way, especially in music. That said, it will be exciting to expand and offer the scholarship to students across Nova Scotia,” says A’Court. Bill Kaulbach, principal at CEC, celebrates the news. “I’m thrilled Charlie is selecting a 2017 CEC graduate as the inaugural recipient of this scholarship.”
Applications open on April 1 and close on May 12 and will be processed internally by the Student Services Office at CEC. A’Court will be on hand to present the cheque during CEC’s graduation ceremony scheduled for June 29.
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
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.