For the first time since 2015 Australian born, Vancouver based folk musician Andrew Phelan is returning to Australia with a full band, and a bunch of new songs. We’re pleased to premiere one of those songs, “Charlottetown”, today ahead of it’s offical release tomorrow.
“Charlottetown” is a road song. On the one hand it’s a romanticisation of the life of the touring musician, on the other it’s an ode to family and friends who are often far away. The song has its genesis in a gig Phelan played at Charlottetown, the capital of Canada’s Prince Edward Island, and attempts to capture the duality of life on the road: the excitement of being able to travel and play music so far from home, and the homesickness and sadness that comes from being so far from home and the ones you love.
It’s also a further example of the heartfelt songwriting that Phelan has become known for, and which has seen him achieve considerable success in Canada both as a solo artist and as the frontman of Vancouver folk band The River and The Road. In recent years he’s toured Canada multiple times, playing high profile festivals and opening for a range of acts, including Shakey Graves, Deep Dark Woods and John Paul White.
“Charlottetown” is officially released tomorrow December 7th. Following the single’s release Phelan will embarking on tour of the East Coast, kicking off at the Yorkshire Hotel in Melbourne on Saturday December 8th. Full tour dates can be found below. You can also find Phelan on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Andrew Phelan Australian Tour December 2018
Dec 8: Yorkshire Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Dec 9: Fee Fee’s Bar, Collingwood VIC
Dec 13: Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney NSW
Dec 14: Station Bar, Katoomba NSW
Dec 16: Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland NSW
Header Image sourced from artist’s Facebook page. Photo by Kelli Anne