CARTHAGE — Acclaimed Canadian blues artist Charlie A’Court and songwriter Keith Mullins will play Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center on Sunday, June 17. 

One of Canada’s new generation of singer-songwriters, he has attracted fans internationally with his gutsy vocals, modern blues style mixed with contemporary songwriting and solid guitar playing.

A’Court  was named Nova Scotia’s top entertainer at the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Awards in November. He also won the East Coast Music Awards 2007 Pop Recording of the Year; 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 toured his emotionally charged performances throughout Canada and abroad, with headlining performances at the Stan Rogers’ Folk Fest, Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, and Kerrville Folk and Ottawa Blues fests.

He has shared the stage with such artists as John Reischman & the Jaybirds, Martin Sexton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, Harry Manx, Procol Harum, Colin James and Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd.

Mullins, who has roots on Cape Breton Island, has played music all his life. At age14, he started entertaining audiences with fellow band mate, Steven MacDougall (now with the Canadian idie rock band Slowcoaster). Having completed a music degree and self-directed studies in Cuba and Africa, he has turned his passion into his profession.

Mullins has toured the world performing with numerous bands such as Lennie Gallant, Bruce Guthro, Jimmy Rankin, Grammy-award winner Gordie Sampson, Jennifer Roland, Havanafax, John Campbelljohn, Caledonia, Jimmy Swift, Paula Cole and Divine Brown.

Curtain is at 7 p.m., with a jam session one hour before show when audience members can bring their musical instruments and play a few minutes with the artists. Tickets are $15 at the door. Skye Theatre is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and U.S. Route 2. For reservations, call 562-4445.

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