MY STORY

Firstly, thanks for your interest in checking out my website, it is very much appreciated in these busy times.

 

I decided to learn the guitar when I was a student working on a French vineyard and travelling around Europe.  I ended up working on an island near Bordeaux where there were no shops and bars, just a couple of Irish workers who had taken their guitars on their travels.  They knew numerous songs and entertained us for weeks as we drank the local free red wine.  

 

Since then I now write, sing and produce my songs and upload them to the digital streaming sites such as iTunes, Spotify etc. 

 

My songs are not easy to categorise as they range from ballads to folk, to rock and roll, to acoustic etc. I`ve long since given up trying to `formularise` the songs, they will just, well....emerge.....!

 

Ten years ago I was stuck in the corporate rut and hating every minute. The dull meetings, long hours, corporate politics, tedious presentations and Sunday evenings spent dreading the week ahead. It was like wishing your life away. The fact is that it is so difficult to make the break from the grind, downsize, do what you want to do and still be able to pay the bills.

 

All I ever really wanted to do was to write songs and get them recorded to a reasonable level in the hope that they finally reached a wider audience. Whilst I do sing all of my songs, my first love is as a songwriter. I am fortunate that my songs have been played on many radio and TV stations both in the UK and overseas, including BBC Radio 2, and ITV TV soap Emmerdale.

 

Whilst I tend not to perform gigs these days, I did spend 21 enjoyable years playing gigs with my old band The Accelerators. I also played gigs in the Dominican Republic with Los Treize Rebeldes including 3 memorable gigs in the womens prison at Najayo to publicise prison reforms which were put in place to make them more humane.

 

All of the artwork for my song covers derives from my original photographs. After `dropping out ` of corporate life one way that I found to pay the bills was to take and sell photographs. This gave me a great opportunity to indulge a love of travel and spending time in my beloved campervan!

 

I hope that you enjoy at least one of my songs, thanks for reading.

 

Contact: admin@charlesy.co.uk

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