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Charlie A'Court And Ward’s Express


Sat 17 Oct 2015, 8:00pm–11:45pm

Where: Lewisham Hotel, 794 Parramatta Road, Lewisham, New South Wales

Restrictions: 18+

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission (+BF): $16.00
  • General Admission (on the door): $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: jon85

Ross Ward first appeared at ‘Bluesfest’ back in ’95 with the late Wiley Reed, where the idea for the band Wards Xpress was originally conceived. Since that time he has appeared at 9 Bluesfest’s in Byron Bay and has enjoyed a long career in the industry with musical origins tracing back to 1969.
After appearing at virtually every major blues festival in the country, founding member and front-man Ross Ward relocated to Sydney in 2010 after 16 years on the far North Coast of NSW, but not before releasing four CD’s and picking up several music industry awards.

Landing back in Sydney, Ross instantly teamed up with old friends and musical cohorts Al Britton ( Bondi Cigars ) on bass, keyboardist Mike Gubb and drummer Bruce Stephens.

In March 2012, ‘Wards Xpress’ released the ‘Five Lanes’ CD, which went to number 1 on the ‘Australian Blues & Roots Most Played’ charts and stayed in the ‘top 25’ for 18 months. ‘The Back Roads’ CD was launched in July 2015, and also went straight to the number 1 spot, second month in!

Canadian singer-songwriter-guitarist Charlie A’Court is the proverbial force to be reckoned
with. Planted at the crossroads of roots and soul, Charlie’s mighty voice, fierce guitar work and
contemporary songwriting have earned him an international following and a host of awards and
accolades for his five solo albums to date, including his latest offering, Come On Over, winner
of the 2015 East Coast Music Award for Blues Recording of The Year.

Recorded at Blackfoot Sound Studio in Sydney, Australia, Come On Over features eight brand
new songs, and a fresh take on two of A’Court’s previous releases – “Broken Man” a fan favorite
co-written with Jamie Robinson, and “I’m Sorry”, co-written with Kim Wempe, and this time
around featuring a soulful vocal duet with Australia’s Mahalia Barnes . The album title track and
lead single, “Come On Over” is a co-write with Australian musician-producer, Mark Lizotte.

Arguably most revered for his dynamic, engaging live performance, Charlie A’Court tours nonstop
throughout his native Canada and his adopted second home of Australia, with occasional
forays to the USA, UK and Europe. He’s enjoyed headline performances at Stan Rogers Folk
Festival (CAN), Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival (CAN), Great Southern Blues Festival (AUS),
Woodford Folk Festival (AUS), repeat performances at Kerrville Folk Festival (USA) 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.