Andy Brown performs in Yarmouth (at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia) Oct. 9.
By Eric Bourque
Fredericton folk-rock singer-songwriter Andy Brown had been scheduled to perform Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the western branch of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, but the show has been cancelled.
The AGNS issued the following release Tuesday afternoon: "Andy Brown at the Art Gallery of NS (Western Branch) is cancelled tomorrow evening (Oct. 9) due to illness resulting in vocal stress. Tickets purchased for the show will be refunded in full. Apologies for any inconvenience and please keep an eye out for a return to Yarmouth next year."
In an interview with the Vanguard last week, Brown said he was looking forward to his first visit to Yarmouth.
Brown has performed quite a bit in Halifax and while he had hoped to make it down here while Yarmouth still had Nova Scotia Music Week, he said, he didn’t get a chance to.
Speaking from New Brunswick Oct. 2 – a week before his scheduled Yarmouth show – he sounded enthusiastic about making his Yarmouth debut.
“Everybody at the art gallery has been wonderful,” he said. “I’m super-pumped to make some new friends and hopefully for people to find some new music that they enjoy and put a smile on their faces.”
Brown’s latest album, Tinman, was released this past April and is up for three Music New Brunswick awards: solo recording of the year, SOCAN song of the year and pop recording of the year.
Tinman is Brown’s third album, his second full-length one, the first having been a six-song EP.
He said Tinman was “kind of a work in progress for a long time” but says he’s proud of the finished product. It features collaborations with Jenn Grant, David Myles and Tim Chaisson, among others.
The Yarmouth show, he said, would have been an acoustic performance in an intimate sort of setting, “where people will get to kind of hear closely the messages of the songs. Hopefully I’ll tell a joke or two that might make people laugh … That’s the great thing about going somewhere new. I can tell some old, recycled jokes and they’ll still be fresh and new.”
Brown has played in Australia and he was planning to return there later this month and tour with past Australian Idol winner Damien Leith, with whom Brown wrote a couple of songs for Leith’s new album.
Born in British Columbia and raised in Woodstock, N.B., Brown says he developed an interest in music at an early age.
He recalls being a teenager and attending a Dave Matthews concert in Massachusetts and finding the experience particularly inspiring.
“I came home and bought a guitar and I’ve never put it down,” he said.