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Andy Brown to bring a taste of Fredericton folk to Lethbridge

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Fredericton musician  Andy Brown is a hit in Australia, but there are a lot of places right here in Canada that he hasn’t explored yet.
 So he will be playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge for his first Lethbridge visit, Aug. 16 with Willhorse's Jeremy Borschnex.

“ It will be my first time in Lethbridge, so I’ll be playing some really acoustic guitar music and songs maybe people haven’t heard yet,” Brown said, returning from walking his dog.Andy Brown visits Lethbridge for the first time, Aug. 16. Photo submitted

Brown is a three-time International Songwriting Competition Finalist (2010, 2011, 2012, Folk/Singer-Songwriter Category), Andy Brown has emerged a must-see performer on the Canadian and International music scene.  Andy's song ‘Ashes’ was featured in ABC's hit show ‘Rookie Blue’ in the fall of 2011, and helped shoot both the song, and his sophomore album ‘False Alarm’ to #1 on the iTunes Canada singer/songwriter charts.

The album and the song also charted in the top 10 in the same category on the US iTunes charts. His music has since been featured on NBC, CTV, Global TV, Showcase, and CBC, and has earned him a slew of national and international songwriting awards and nominations (2010/2013 Music New Brunswick Awards, 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, 2012/2013 Unsigned Only Competition).

 He wrote  his album  “Tinman” with a  variety of well known east coast songwriters including Damhnait Doyle, Tim Chiasson, David Myles and  the Trews’ John Angus MacDonald.

“ They are great songwriters and friends,” he said adding he enjoys writing with people who play a variety of different styles of music, which contributes to his  description of his own music “folk-rock with a dash of pop.”

 He is pleased with his CD “ Tinman” especially the variety on it.

“It’s something I’m really proud of. There's rock songs, folk songs and pop. it encompasses three different genres,” he said.

“ I like to pull together different genres,” he said adding the music is very honest.

“It is 13 songs that I wrote with different people. It is what I was feeling at the time I wrote it. It’s really mature and really natural because people can see through B.S,” he continued adding he is working on his next project and working on some new collaborations.

 “There’s a guy named Jeremy  Fisher, who I’d like to write with and  I’d love to get in with the Trews again,” he said.
“I have a few new songs that are ready for public exposure. It is the same sort of stuff, but it also is a step forward. They show a new approach to songwriting and the next chapter of my songwriting career,” he said.

He is already working on new music and has written songs with a variety of Australian musicians, where he has already done several tours.

“ I played Australia for the first time in December 2012 at the Woodford  Folk festival, one of the biggest in the world. It was like a home away from home. And there were  so many great artists from all over the world. I really respect them,” he continued.

He made an impression as he has been back to Australia several times since then.

He said it is difficult to pinpoint what Australian songwriters sound like.
“It is difficult to say. But Australians are very similar to Canadians — they love  their music and they love their beer,” he said.
 He noted the Fredericton music scene is thriving.

“ It’s a beautiful spot. It is a clean spot and there is a great community. It is very diverse and it is getting bigger,” he said.
 Andy Brown plays the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 16. the show begins at 9 p.m. There is no cover for the show.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 August 2014 11:00 )  
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