So, who is this bloke?
He has released 21 albums, toured Europe and the USA several times and been nominated for two ARIA awards with the Icecream Hands. In 2014 he won the AGE/Music Victoria award for best folk/roots album and in August 2020 Icecream Hands released their first album in 13 years – No Weapon But Love. In Dec 2022 he released his latest solo album Radio Sketches 2 – the Death Of Stars
A published songwriter of more than 30 years, his songs have featured in local and international television and film and have been recorded by other artists, including Rebecca Barnard and Kerri Simpson. He has performed on the SBS music show RocKwiz and has co-written songs with Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything), Angie Hart (Frente) and Suzannah Espie.
Charles has run songwriting, vocal and performance workshops over the last 20 years with a wide cross-section of the Victorian community. With Living Music he has worked in the Juvenile Justice system and also worked with those in disadvantaged situations via Gateway House. At organisations such as the Festival of Healthy Living and the Berry St, he has taught songwriting in country Victorian schools. Charles has facilitated songwriting and performance programs with Whitehorse, Pakenham and the City of Wodonga Councils and with Karen(Burmese /Thai) refugees at the Newport Substation.
He currently teaches songwriting at Box Hill Institute as well as having private students, running small workshops, and providing songwriting mentoring for the Port Fairy Folk Festival Youth Program.
Charles has a Masters In Music from the University of Tasmania and is also an Ambassador for APRA/AMCOS.