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A'Court hosting Blues Meltdown event Saturday at The Railyard

TRURO - Suffering from the winter blues? Melt them away this weekend with a performance by four well-known blues musicians.

McCallum Settlement native Charlie A'Court is set to host The Blues Meltdown set for Saturday night at the Railyard Pub on Inglis Place. Along with A'Court, musicians performing include John Campbelljohn, Christine Campbell and Carson Downey.

McCallum Settlement native Charlie A'Court will play host to the Blues Meltdown, which also features the stylings of Christine Campbell, Carson Downey and John Campbelljohn.

"It's no secret a lot of people get the winter blahs this time of year, so the Blues Meltdown is perfect for this," said A'Court, about the Saturday night performance at The Railyard Pub (formerly Keggers) on Inglis Place. "We've got some killer musicians set to perform."

Campbell is no stranger to the Truro music scene, having performed numerous shows in the area over the past few months.

"She's a classically-trained piano player, but she is a rock goddess on that guitar," said A'Court. "I think she's one of the best guitar players out of the region."

The host of the show calls Campbelljohn an icon for this area when it comes to the blues.

"And he's second-to-none with the slide guitar," he added.

When it comes to Downey, "powerhouse" is the word that came out of A'Court's mouth.

"When he's on stage, you just can't take your eyes off of him.

"The show is going to be killer."

The musicians will all have a chance to be in the spotlight for The Blues Meltdown, backed by Keith Mullins and Kev Corbett, as well as Kim Dunn.

"We've got a cracker band and some really entertaining musicians," said A'Court.

The concept to the Blues Meltdown is one that has been done in the past, said A'Court, however, it's mainly been done for various celebrations, such as Natal Day.

A'Court's manager, Bruce Morel, has produced similar shows in winters past.

"But we wanted to test drive the concept and take it to the different markets," said A'Court. "We decided to take it where the blues are well-loved and appreciated, and what better places than Truro and Membertou."

The Membertou stop is the night before The Blues Meltdown arrives in Truro, the latter of which A'Court says is "synonymous" with the blues.

"Especially with the Dutch Mason Blues Festival being so popular, we wanted Truro to have a little taste of the blues and get people out of the house and moving."

Tickets for the show are available at Champions, The Railyard Pub, the Split Crow Truro and MacQuarries Pharmasave. Advance tickets are $25 and $30 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m.; showtime is 9 p.m.

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WHAT: Blues Meltdown

WHO: Charlie A'Court, Carson Downey, John Campbelljohn and Christine Campbell.

WHEN: Feb. 1, 9 p.m.

WHERE: The Railyard Pub, Inglis Place (formerly Keggers)

COST: Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door.


Organizations: Railyard, The Railyard Pub

Geographic location: Inglis Place

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