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"A gift for melody …brave, poignant …entertaining and original"
The Guardian ★★★★

"Beatific of voice, fragrant of melody and lyrically fearless"
MOJO ★★★★

"Still stretching boundaries"
Telegraph ★★★★

"Achingly sad, poignant, funny and gloriously musically uplifting"
Ricky Ross

"honest, amusing and proudly English"
R2 RocknReel

Although best known as a respected songwriter for others, Charlie enjoys a multi-faceted career that includes acting, comedy-improvisation, writing for radio and composition for film and TV as well as performing live with her band. After drama school, regional rep and a stint in childrens' television Charlie formed a bluegrass band playing Monday nights in a west London pancake house.

The band, with school friend Julian Littman graduated to the pub circuit from where she was signed by Island Records in 1978. She made her first album in Nashville and London and released a single, Pilot of the Airwaves, which became a hit in the US.

Since then she has made seven albums, one per decade for the 80's ('Listen' for Chrysalis) and 90's (Things Change, Black Ink), during which time she also returned to acting and started writing for other artists. She became one of a handful of UK songwriters to have success across diverse genres with songs covered by George Harrison, Tina Turner, Lisa Stansfied, Ricky Ross, Sheena Easton (US No 4), Celine Dion, Black, UB40, Status Quo, Paul Carrack and a UK No 1, 'Ain't No Doubt' for Jimmy Nail. In 1996 she had a surprise European Club hit with an Italian remix of 'Time Goes By' from the Things Change album, which reached No 6 in Italy.

She starred opposite Jonathan Pryce in the award-winning film 'The Ploughman's Lunch', worked in theatre, appeared in two shows with the iconic People Show company, television and radio with Eric Idle and co-founded and performed at London comedy-impro venue The Hurricane Club for seven years, working alongside many comedy icons including Bill Bailey, Harry Hill and Robin Williams. Five of Charlie's albums have been released since 2005 on her own label Black Ink, which have seen her rediscover her own voice and return to her earlier folk-roots influences. She considers herself a fairly late starter in terms of resuming her own recordings so intends to keep touring until she drops.

Her songs have won two Ascap awards, an Ivor Novello nomination, both the Overall Grand and the Folk Prize from the International Acoustic Music Awards and in 2012 Best Album Lyrics from the Indy Acoustic Project for her album Cheapskate Lullabyes.

Milk Roulette, her 8th album, was released in November 2014. It was recorded at her home studio and co-produced with her long-time collaborator Julian Littman. The title track describes Charlie's father's method of testing whether milk was off or not - by taking a swig. Touring continues throughout 2015-16.
Gigs 2016
Please check back, new dates being added & ticket links updated
June 4th
The Hat Club, Tring. Cow Lane, Tring HP23 5NS. Tickets: call 07702 369999
June 10th
Acoustic Roots, Wigan Parish Church
June 11th
Birmingham. Private concert
June 17th
Exeter, Hope Hall
June 18th
Calstock Arts, Cornwall. Tel: 01726 879500
June 24th
Wokingham Summer Festival, All Saints Church, Wokingham RG40 1UE. Solo show
June 30th
Hen & Chickens, Bristol. Tickets:  07766 741417
July 1st
Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NR
July 23rd
Village Pump Festival, Westbury, Wiltshire
July 27th
The Musician, Leicester.
July 28th
Rothbury Roots, Northumberland. Tickets from The Queens Head, Rothbury. Tel: 01669 620470 http://www.rothburyroots.net
Sept 22nd
Scarborough
Tickets coming
Sept 23rd
Settle Victoria Hall
Tickets coming
Sept 24th
Acoustic Tea Rooms, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
Tickets coming
Oct 29th
Up Close & Personal, Havant, Hants. Solo
Tickets coming
Nov 6th
Blue Boar, Maldon, Essex
Tickets coming
PREVIOUSLY...

Mar 19th
Kingkerswill Parish Church, Newton Abbott, Devon
Mar 12th
Dimbola Lodge Museum, Freshwater, I O W.
Feb 11th
The Unicorn, Abingdon, Oxon. Solo Show
Feb 6th
Bristol Folk House, 40A Park St, Bristol BS1 5JG
Feb 5th
Village Pump Folk Club, The Lamb Inn, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
Feb 4th
Cuffern Manor, Roch, Haverford West, Pembrokeshire
Jan 27th
The Boileroom, 13 Stokefields, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4LS
















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