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October 9, 2012

Charlie A'Court
Award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist Charlie A’Court will take the stage at the Fat Cat Blues Bar, St. John’s, NL on Saturday, October 13th, at 9:30pm. Presented by Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues, this is A’Court’s final stop on his CD release tour. Charlie is celebrating the release of his latest CD titled Triumph & Disaster and will be joined on stage by Chris Kirby (keyboard), Paul “Boomer” Stamp (drums) and Paddy Byrne (bass).Cover charge is $15 at the door.

A’Court’s first studio recording in six years, Triumph & Disaster is produced by Chris Kirby. The album features 13 brand new original songs from Charlie A’Court and an impressive line up of co-writers including Ron Hynes, Kim Wempe, Jamie Robinson, Jason Mingo, Dave Simpsom and Chris Kirby, along with a brilliant cover of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”.

”The album title is a tip of the hat to the late, British author, Rudyard Kipling and his acclaimed poem, IF, says A’Court, “The excerpt reads – If you can meet with Triumph & Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same – the line refers to a balance between high and low emotions.” A’Court plays with a delicate balance of emotion touching on feelings of jubilation, redemption, isolation and absolute love for another.

Winner of the2007 East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year and 2007 Music Nova Scotia Blues Recording of the Year for his album Bring On The Storm and 2003 Best Blues Artist for his debut album Color Me Gone, A’Court has walked the line between blues and adult contemporary.

A’Court’s 2009 release, Live At The Marigold, was nominated for Blues Recording of the Year and Male Solo Recording of the Year, while earning him the honour of being named Nova Scotia’s top entertainer at the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Awards.

Fearlessly bridging genres and challenging stylistic conventions, A’Court’s music and passionate voice stir up the listeners’ emotions, touching the very core of audiences around the world. A’Court has toured extensively throughout Canada and abroad with headlining performances at the Stan Rogers’ Folk Fest, Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, Kerrville Folk Fest (USA), and Woodford Folk Fest (AUS), and has shared the stage with high profile artists such as James Cotton, Martin Sexton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, Harry Manx, Procol Harum, Colin James, Dan Aykroyd and Delbert McClinton, among many others.

Music critic, author and CBC radio personality, Bob Mersereau had this to say about Charlie A’Court’s new Triumph & Disaster CD:
The Nova Scotia singer-guitar player gets funky and soulful, with the help of his like-minded producer, Newfoundland’s Chris Kirby. Most strikingly, this means a lot of impassioned vocals from A’Court, who slides into his role as smooth soul man with ease, obviously enjoying the rich sounds behind him. Singing high and mighty, rising into falsetto, getting into the groove, or slaying us with tenderness, it’s a singing tour-de-force….Guitars ring out, the organ pulses, cymbals splash, and somebody borrowed the microphones from Stax Studio for the horns. It’s the kind of disc I never thought I’d hear out of the East Coast, Southern soul instead of Northern blues, and I’m sure glad it came out so well.”
Read the full review here:—triumph-disaster.html <—triumph-disaster.html

Don’t miss Charlie A’Court’s “Triumph & Disaster” CD release, Saturday, October 13th at The Fat Cat, St. John’s, NL. Presented by Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues. Show time is 9:30pm. $15 at the door.

Charlie A’Court “Triumph & Disaster” CD Release Tour:


Sept. 28 – Marigold Cultural Centre, Truro, NS
Sept. 29 – The Guild, Charlottetown, PE
Oct. 6 – Glasgow Square Theatre, New Glasgow, NS
Oct. 11 – The Carleton, Halifax, NS
Oct. 13 – The Fat Cat, St. John’s, NL

For music, ticket info and more please visit:

Media Contact:
Lynn Horne
Lynn Marketing & Media Relations


2012 WIJBF Volunteer Rally

June 14, 2012

Good Afternoon! WJB is thrilled to invite you to the 2012 WIJBF Volunteer Rally! This is your chance to sign up to volunteer for your favourite Festival events! We just released the lineup at our Media Launch yesterday, and friends, it is SPECTACULAR! Check out who’s coming!

The Volunteer Rally will take place from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at the Eastern Edge Art Gallery on, Wednesday, June 20th. Eastern Edge is located at 72 Harbour Drive, and has played host to many volunteer parties in the past.

At the rally there will be sign-up sheets for the volunteer positions at each of the concerts scheduled as well as the logistics transportation team and festival headquarters crew. It’s first come, first serve, and the positions will likely fill up quick! If you would like more information about the WJB volunteer program before the event, you can visit the volunteer page of our website.

Don’t forget to, bring a friend! As the festival grows so does the need for new volunteers.

Hope to see you out there on June 20th!


Krystin Pellerin talks about the up coming Ladies of Republic of Doyle event

October 26, 2011

For reservations book online at or call the Hall 753-4531


The Ladies of Republic of Doyle. Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Fundraiser

October 11, 2011

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Join Republic of Doyle’s own Krystin Pellerin (Constable Leslie Bennett)and Lynda Boyd (Rose Miller) as they perform your favourite jazz standards and contemporary pieces with accompaniment by Bill Brennan.

The night will also feature an auction, wonderful food provide byBianca’s Restaurant and the choice of the finest local beers, wines and spirits.

Tickets are limited and and priced at $150 (taxes included). For reservations book online at or call the Hall 753-4531


Call for MusicNL Eligible Releases 2010/2011

August 8, 2011

DEADLINE August 31 2011 @ 4:30 PM

*Submissions must include

• Name of the artist or group

• Name of released album

• The album release date

• The album genre

*All releases submitted by email to

*Please include any online profiles the artist or group has such as website, facebook, myspace, sonicbids, etc.


Eligible artists/groups:

• Native of Newfoundland and Labrador or a resident of Newfoundland & Labrador during the eligibility period (June 1, 2010 to August 31, 2011)

• Member(s) – IN GOOD STANDING – of MusicNL

• Released a full-length recording* between JUNE 1, 2010 and AUGUST 31, 2011

*Full length recording:

• Must contain a minimum of six (6) tracks or a minimum length of thirty (30) minutes

• Half (50%) of the tracks must be original (previously unreleased) material

• Must fulfill all legal obligations (i.e. payment of mechanical rights, songwriting credits, etc.)

*Release Date:

• Proof of the date of release may be provided by artist/group through manufacturer’s invoice, retail verification, distributor or record company

Any questions don’t hesitate to contact the MusicNL office below.

Jen Winsor
Communications/Program Officer
186 Duckworth Street
St. John’s, NL
A1C 1G5
Tel: (709) 754-2574
Fax: (709) 754-5758

Raoul Bhaneja coming to St. John’s Friday August 12th

August 8, 2011


ZARI Returns to Newfoundland

July 5, 2011

The musical ensemble ZARI is returning to Newfoundland!!!

ZARI is an exciting trio of singer/instrumentalists who specialize in the music of the Georgian Republic. In mid 2003 Shalva Makharashvili, Andrea Kuzmich, and Reid Robins joined forces to concentrate their efforts on the exquisite harmony and complex polyphony of this ancient musical culture. By turns exotic, lyrical, and powerful, ZARI brings to the stage three accomplished artists who embody the tradition and improvisational interplay of one of the world’s most beautiful musics in its most transparent form; the vocal trio.

ZARI (Andrea Kuzmich, Shalva Makharashvili, Reid Robins) are delighted to be back to perform at Festival 500, The ITCM conference and numerous other events!


The following is their public performance schedule:

Monday July 11 @ 2pm

ZARI performs as part of Festival 500

St. Andrew’s Church (the Kirk)

Tickets: $15 adult, kids free


Saturday July 16 @ 8pm

ZARI performs as part of the Cape St. Mary’s Performance Series

Interpretation Centre, Cape St. Mary’s

Tickets: $12 adults, $6 children


Sunday July 17 @ 1:30pm

ZARI teaches a workshop on Georgian Polyphonic Singing as part of the International Conference of Traditional Music (ICTM)

Tickets: TBA


Monday July 18 @ 8pm

ZARI performs as part of the ICTM (Canada’s Many Voices Series)

Arts and Culture Centre

Tickets : $25 regular, $15 student


Wednesday July 20th @ 6pm

ZARI will sing Sacred Georgian Chants in Cabot Tower

After about 40 minutes of chanting, we’ll take our libations and bread and cheese etc. and move to a TBA location on Signal Hill and eat and drink and sing some more.

Tickets: pay what you can (bring food and drink!)


Thursday July 21 @ 7:30 (doors open at 7pm)

a ZARI House Concert at Jean Donelson’s place

18 Victoria Street

Tickets: $25 (wine will be served)

Capacity: 22

Due to the limited capacity please follow the directions below if you’d like

to join us at Jean’s place:

1. call <tel:709.579.1849> 709.579.1849 and arrange with Elizabeth a time

to drop off your ticket fee(s).

2. meet her at 16 Chapel St.

3. exchange ticket fee(s) for ticket(s) and your seat at the concert is


4. Meet us at 18 Victoria St. at 7pm!

When capacity is reached a voice message will indicate that we’re sold out.

Please book early.


Have a beautiful, musical summer!


ZARI contact:

Reid Robins –

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