Charles kicks off sea­son

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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.

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