Harvest Rolls Out More Acts for 25th Anniversary Festival

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Festival adds North Mississippi Allstars and Charlie A’Court with special guest Chris Kirby to 2015 Lineup.

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North Mississippi Allstars (Minglewood Hall, TN) Photo: Josh Mintz

(Fredericton, NB) The Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival is pleased to announce the addition of Grammy-nominated blues group North Mississippi Allstars and ECMA Blues winner Charlie A’Court with special guest Chris Kirby to its 25th anniversary lineup this September 15 -20th.  These and other changes to the line-up were necessitated by the need to replace previously announced acts, Jaimoe & Friends and Con Brio, who unfortunately will not be appearing this year.

“North Mississippi Allstars are really the future of the blues and represent everything incredible about the musical niche this Festival has so carefully cultivated” said Brent Staeben, Festival Programmer. “Adding the Allstars and Charlie A’Court increases the already incredible array of blues talent appearing at this year’s festival and only adds to the excitement and anticipation for our shows in the Blues Tent on Harvest weekend”.

Since last they headlined Harvest in 2006, brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars have established themselves as true musical visionaries magically bridging the gaps between hill country blues, jam, and southern rock and soul.  Luther last played Fredericton as the slide guitarist for the Black Crowes and most recently the brothers have been out on the road with their instrumental/sacred steel/gospel blues jam supergroup The Word.  In between they toured with Robert Plant in 2011 and Dave Matthews Band in 2013. Their latest album World Boogie Is Coming is arguably the band’s masterpiece with each track a fascinating blend of old and new, a seamless, chugging look at Mississippi country-folk-boogie rocked out as only the Allstars can.

Award winning bluesman Charlie A’Court’s passionate, soul-filled performances and emotionally charged melodies are a seamless fusion of genres from pop and rock to roots and blues, and everything in between. He drew inspiration from legends like B.B. King and Buddy Guy to create his 2003 debut album Color Me Gone, which garnered him a Music Nova Scotia Award for Best New Artist.  2012 marked the release of Triumph and Disaster. Produced by Chris Kirby, the album highlights Charlie A’Court’s colourful, skilled guitar playing and empowered vocals, and won 2 ECMA’s at the 2013 awards.  His latest album Come on Over also won the ECMA for best blues album recently in April.

North Mississippi Allstars will be taking over the middle slot before Charles Bradley on Saturday, September 19 in the Moose Light Blues Tent. The Nth Power will be moving to Thursday, September 17th show with Michael Franti & Spearhead and Maggie Koerner replacing Con Brio. Tickets are available for both shows.

Charlie A’Court with special guest Chris Kirby will join the Friday Night Blues Tent bill with Colin James, replacing Jaimoe & Friends.   While individual tickets are sold out to this show, Friday Night and Ultimate passes are still available for those interested in attending.

Tickets and passes to the 2015 Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival are on sale now online at www.ticketpro.ca, through Ticketpro call centre at 1-888-311-9090, or at Harvest Central, 81 Regent Street.

For full festival details, visit harvestjazzandblues.com 

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