Tinman has a heart

Andy Brown (Submitted/AQ)
Andy Brown (Submitted/AQ)

Fredericton folk-rocker Andy Brown is packing up for an Australian tour, but not before he gets his fill of the East Coast.

Recently, Brown released his latest album Tinman . Since then, the musician has been hopping international boarders as he supports the album. The songs are oozing with emotion, folk melodies and a sing along here and there. Some are slow and romantic while others are upbeat and fun, a wicked combination for those emotional days.

“ I know it’s something I’ll be able to look back on and still feel the same emotions. There’s a lot of songs about relationships, but a lot of the songs are more about reaching your breaking point, but still seeing hope in the heartbreak,” said Brown.

Spilling his sincere tales into sweet melodies is winning hearts. Brown’s songs have been credited with finalist titles in some top notch songwriting competitions such as the International Songwriting Competition, the Unsigned Only Music Competition and the UK Songwriting Contest. Tinman has recently been nominated for three 2013 Music NB nominations including Solo Recording of the Year, SOCAN Song of the Year and Pop Recording of the Year.

In 2010, Brown first went to the Music NB awards and picked up some awards with his debut album False Alarm. Now he’s more than happy to go back to the platform which spring-boarded some of his success.

“Even if I don’t win an award, it’s still just happy to be nominated. I love what Music NB does. It’s great opportunity for any of us musicians and it’s a great time with some familiar faces and creative people,” said Brown.

His performance at the Music NB awards will be his last one in Canada for a while.

“After that, I’m heading to Australia, so I’m really looking forward to the Music NB awards. It’s my last night here so it’s going to be a fun night of celebration, friends and a beer or ten.”

The musician is heading down under for this third Australian tour of the year. This time he’ll be teaming up with past Australian Idol Damien Leith. This Aussie love is a mutual thing and the country has quickly become Brown’s home away from home.

“Australia has this great pipeline of Canadian musicians and they’re constantly expanding that Canadian music range down there with bands like Hey Rosetta, Joel Plaskett and a lot more. So, even though you’re on the other side of the world you’re still staying or playing with other Canadians,” said Brown. “I’ve fallen in love with place everyone is so friendly and it really reminds me of home. I’m someone who gets very homesick, but I don’t get that too much when I’m there.”

Although Brown will soon be continent hopping, there’s no need to fret as his getting in an East Coast tour before he sets out. Brown’s got a sold-out show on Oct. 11 at the Cedar Tree Cafe, but a second one has been added for his Fredericton fans.

“It’s going to be a very intimate show, but I’m going to have a lot of fun with it. I’ll be doing some fan favorites along with some newer stuff and maybe a few never-heard before songs, you never know. I’m really going to try to make the two shows at different as possible, really mix them up. I guess I’ll have to come up with some new jokes,” said Brown.

“The East Coast is responsible for everything I write. I love it here, this is my home. If I had it my way I’d play every show here.”

Andy Brown will be performing at the Cedar Tree Cafe on Fri. Oct. 11 at 7:30 and Sat. Oct. 12 at the same time . Tickets are $15 (advance) and $18 at the door.

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