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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

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Lynn Horne
Lynn Marketing & Media Relations


ECMA Announces Performers for Music Awards Gala. George Canyon to Host

March 15, 2011

The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) announced the artists who take to the stage as part of the Bell Aliant ECMA 2011 Music Awards Gala presented by RBC Royal Bank. Country music superstar George Canyon will host the event which is taking place Sunday, April 17th at 8pm in the Homburg Theatre at Confederation Centre of the Arts.

The gala show will take the audience through a glimpse of traditional Island flavour with Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Haunted Hearts and Meaghan Blanchard. Rockers The Trews, Slowcoaster, and Carmen Townsend will heat up the Homburg stage, while Ashley MacIsaac, Richard Wood, Colin Grant, Cynthia MacLeod, and Kathleen Gorey-McSorley will get toes tapping with an all-star Fiddlefest.

Amelia Curran, Dave Gunning, David Myles, Ghettosocks, Matt Andersen, Hey Rosetta!, Marko Simmonds & Artists for Haiti, and Chelsea Nesbitt will also be making special gala appearances.

There will also be a special tribute to 2011 Lifetime Achievement award winners Haywire.

ECMA Executive Director Su Hutchinson says the gala will incorporate non-traditional musical collaborations highlighting this region’s unique culture. “The 2011 gala is programmed to embrace the collective output of some of this year’s award nominees and performers. This is a celebration that people will not want to miss.”

Eight awards will be handed out at the awards gala: Bell Aliant Entertainer of the Year, Group Recording of the Year, FACTOR Recording of the Year, Francophone Recording of the Year, Rising Star Recording of the Year, SOCAN Songwriter of the Year, Bell Aliant Fan’s Choice Video of the Year and Vibe Creative Group Single of the Year.

Tickets for the Bell Aliant 2011 ECMA Music Awards Gala presented by RBC Royal Bank are available at the Confederation Centre of the Arts box office.

The ECMA Satellite Awards Party will take place on Sunday, April 17th at the Delta Prince Edward and run simultaneously with the awards gala. There will be a special performance by 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Haywire as well as performances by Tom Fun Orchestra and Chris Kirby & The Marquee. Additional performers will be announced at a later date. Tickets are available via

East Coast Music Week 2011 will take place in Charlottetown, PEI, from April 13-17. The event is part of the ECMA’s mandate to foster, promote and develop East Coast music.

The East Coast Music Association would like to acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters.


“Whose Song is it Anyway?” with Kalem Mahoney, Jerry Stamp, Sean Panting, Chris Kirby & Matt Hornell

January 4, 2011

Friday, January 21st
9:00pm – 11:00pm
Bianca’s Lounge
173 Water Street
Admission: $20

A songwriters circle turned inside-out: 5 St. John’s songwriters COVERING EACH OTHER! Be one of the lucky few to witness this groundbreaking event with some of St. John’s top troubadours:

Kalem Mahoney
Jerry Stamp
Sean Panting
Chris Kirby
Matt Hornell

Tickets for this unique event are limited, so get yours right away at:

a) Bianca’s
b) Fred’s Records
c) OR SAVE online at


Chris Kirby & The Marquee Perfoming Tonight at the Fat Cat Blues Bar

December 3, 2010


Photos From the Treasa Levasseur Performance During the 2010 WIJBF

September 9, 2010

Treasa Levasseur played an energetic and fun performace at the Fat Cat Blues Bar during the 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival. The set even included a guest appearance by by Chris Kirby. Here are a selection of photographs from the night.


This Week in Short: September 8th

September 8, 2010

Kellylee Evans French Twist – 2010 Festival performer Kellylee Evans has been invited to Paris to make a CD reflecting her love of Nina Simone’s music. To read more from this Ottawa Citizen article click here. You can also view Kellylee’s latest newsletter here

More Photos from the 2010 Festival on the Wreckhouse Blog – Check out our blog to see see pictures from the festival including Elizabeth Shepherd

Free online copy of Jazz Inside Magazine – Download your FREE copy of the September issue of Jazz Inside Magazine, 80 pgs, featuring bassist Stanley Clarke.

Chris Kirby 2010 Song Quest – Chris Kirby has been selected in the 2010 Great Canadian Song Quest, Find out more here
Chris Kirby to quit his day job2010 WIJBF performer takes it full time. Find out more in the Scope. Link

Interview with former WIJBF Performer Hilario Duran – The Latin Jazz Corner website ( has published an interesting  three part interview with Hilario Duran read them at the following links, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 (part 4 new as of 7th September)

Elements of Jazz blog compiles Jazz guides and reference – The blog Elements of Jazz has compiled a great list of books on jazz and prominent musicians. Why not take a look and see what should be on your reading list. Click here

New and remastered music out this weekClick here

We want your photographs! – We would love to receive any photographs that you took during the 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival. We would love to add them to our Flickr page to show views of the festival.


2010 WIJBF Performer Profile – John Clarke

June 2, 2010

Thursday July 15, @ Yellow Belly Brewery, 7:00-7:45pm

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John Clarke is a lap style dobroist and a sideman to a long list of bluesmen and songwriters. Inspired by the delta blues and heavily influenced by bluegrass, his playing covers all ground between the two.

John has been a regular performer on the St. John’s music scene for many years, playing with a variety of notable artists. He will be performing at this years festival with ECMA nominated Chris Kirby.

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