Charles kicks off season
Australian musician Nick Charles will headline not-for-profit music collective Ararat Live’s first show for 2017.
The acoustic blues and roots performer will take to Ararat Hotel’s Red Room Stage on February 1. He will be supported by indie-folk singer-songwriter Kyle Taylor.
Ararat Live’s Rob Shea said live music fans were in for a treat.
“Nick Charles is labelled internationally as ‘Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic roots and blues’,” he said.
“During his extensive and acclaimed career, Nick has released more than a dozen albums on major Australian and US roots music labels.”
Mr Shea said Charles was known for his dazzling, melodic finger-picking on six and 12-string guitars.
“He consistently averages 150 shows a year in Australia, New Zealand and the USA,” he said.
“Nick’s music encompasses a delightful and eclectic mix of acoustic roots including blues, folk and early ragtime jazz.”
Mr Shea said Taylor’s passion for making music was ignited when he started piano lessons at Geelong’s St Joseph’s College in year eight.
“He formed a band with high school mates but sold his piano at 18 to fund his career,” he said.
“Kyle hit the road in 2013 and has been moving around ever since, travelling Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Europe.
“He has also played support gigs for Josh Pyke, James Reyne, Jordie Lane and Mark Seymour from Hunters and Collectors.”
The Ararat show starts at 8pm. Tickets cost $20 and are available at the door.