Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Charlie A’Court Brings His Powerful and Soulful Blues to Spruce Grove

Expect dynamic vocals and incredible guitar riffs at Horizon Stage on November 3

Canadian singer-songwriter-guitarist Charlie A’Court is a proverbial force to be reckoned with. Planted at the crossroads between roots and soul, Charlie’s mighty voice, fierce guitar work, and contemporary songwriting skills have earned him an international following and a host of awards and accolades for his five solo albums. Fueled by emotion and a desire for delivering powerful music, Charlie’s gutsy vocals and colourful guitar playing have been satisfying long-time fans and attracting new fans for 15 years. Charlie has toured Alberta before and he’s happy to be back and making a stop at Horizon Stage on Friday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Born with the gift of voice, Charlie A’Court grew up in rural Nova Scotia where he spent his youth learning to play guitar. He immersed himself in his father’s vinyl record collection and discovered singers like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. Over the years his influences grew to include contemporary artists such as Jonny Lang, Colin James, John Mayer and Joe Bonamassa.

Charlie started performing with his father on local stages before he was of legal age, regularly wowing the audience with his soulful vocals and well-honed guitar skills. Fueled by that experience, and the fire that comes from finding and following one’s passion, he began touring and recording on his own; releasing his debut CD, Colour Me Gone in 2003. That year Charlie swept the Music Nova Scotia Awards, winning Male Artist of the Year, Blues Recording of the Year, Album of the Year and Entertainer of the Year; he also received his first East Coast Music Award nomination for New Artist of the Year. He has since released four more albums, secured another fistful of Music Nova Scotia awards, and lined his mantle with five East Coast Music Awards in categories from Blues Recording to Pop Recording to R&B/Soul Recording, along the way. A’Court has also received national recognition, receiving 2014 Maple Blues Award nominations for both Male Vocalist and Songwriter of the Year.

Arguably most revered for his dynamic, engaging live performance, Charlie A’Court tours non-stop throughout Canada and his adopted second home of Australia, with forays to the USA, UK, and Europe. He has headlined performances at multiple festivals, including the Stan Rogers Folk Festival and the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, and has shared the stage with James Cotton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, Harry Manx, Martin Sexton, Delbert McClinton, Colin James, Dan Aykroyd and Jimmie Vaughan, among many others.

Get set for a night filled with smooth and soulful blues and roots music by Charlie A’Court on November 3. Tickets are $35 for Adults and $30 for Students and Seniors and may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave), by phone at 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090, and online through Ticketpro.ca.

A'Court slides into his role as smooth soul man with ease… Singing high and mighty, rising into falsetto, getting into the groove, or slaying us with tenderness, he's a singing tour-de-force.”
Bob Mersereau, CBC

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