Nova Scotia’s Entertainer of the Year returns to Evergreen Saturday
By Lawrence Powell
Charlie A’Court has a thing for Annapolis County. He keeps playing and he keeps getting asked to come back. That tells you something about the affinity he has for the local folk and the locale. And they loves his roots, blues sound.
Now Music Nova Scotia’s recently named Entertainer of the Year is back for an encore performance at Evergreen Theatre in East Margaretsville Saturday night, a venue he fell in love with a few years ago.
A’Court comes from rural Nova Scotia just outside Truro, but for the past decade has been performing in Europe and the United States where he’s a crowd favourite with his amazing voice and vocal range and unique guitar wizardry that sets him apart from just about anybody else.
A’Court has emerged as an emotionally charged and soul-moving roots and blues performer, bridging genres and challenging stylistic conventions. His music and passionate voice stir up the listeners’ emotions, touching the very core of audiences across the country.
The one thing about A’Court is that he’s never lost that connection with his roots and his fans, making for an honest dialogue with his audience while on stage. What you see is the real Charlie. A’Court cares and it comes through in his music and his personal life.
For instance, A’Court is active in social issues, and recently presented Halifax Housing Help with a donation of $4,029.17, representing the funds he collected during September's ‘Busking 4 Bucks’ event. He spent five days busking in three locations — on the Halifax-Dartmouth Ferry, at Grand Parade and in front of the Spring Garden Road Library -- in support of the local agency, which had hit a major funding shortfall.
It’s typical A’Court. He’s supported charities and performed countless benefit concerts dating back to his teenage years when he and father Rod A’Court never turned down a concert that ended up helping others.
Besides winning the Bell Aliant Entertainer of the Year award at Music Week in Yarmouth recently, A’Court’s album Bring On The Storm garnered him the East Coast Music Awards 2007 Pop Recording of the Year. In 2003 he won the ECMA for Best Blues Artist for his debut album Colour Me Gone.
Charlie A'Court is in concert at Evergreen Theatre, Saturday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and reservations can be made online at www.evergreentheatre.ca; by e-mail at email@example.com ; or by phone at 902-825-6834.
For more on Charlie A’Court, go to http://www.charlieacourt.com/index.html