For fans of: Ben Howard, Laura Marling, Bon Iver
Folk often gets lost in the stigma of being cliche and perhaps even somewhat boring. However, once you’ve dug around a bit, you’ll find there is plenty of talent hidden amongst the depths of folk music. Introducing: Charlie Straw.
Whilst researching Charlie, I quickly discovered his subtle approach to the internet. In a generation with such a short attention span and fast paced social media, it’s usually favourable for artists to throw information out at their fans making it fairly easy to find. Charlie Straw requires a bit more leg work, but the results are most rewarding.
During 2016, Charlie released a single titled ‘St. Ives’ which rapidly made it’s way into the top 5 on Spotify’s viral playlist after racking up over 350,000 streams. The track shows off Charlie’s ability to convey a variety of emotions through the fragile vocals that sound almost effortless. The instrumental is not over-complicated but still holds enough bounce to ensure it is ingrained in your head. The release of ‘St. Ives’ was paired with an ambitious 30 shows in 30 days tour, proving that Charlie is definitely not short of motivation or quirky ideas when it comes to promoting singles. The tour saw him couch-surf the length of the UK, from Edinburgh to St. Ives, and was filmed and released as a documentary titled The Road To St. Ives.
Charlie Straw offers a mellow, calming sound which could be exactly what 2017 is in need of. The emotive sense of his work is perfect for radio play, and if an EP or album is to be released this year with more innovative promotional ideas, I’d expect to see Charlie hitting the mainstream very soon. Listen to St. Ives below and catch Charlie when he heads out on his headline tour in April.
April tour dates:
9 Glasgow – The Hug and Pint
11 Manchester – The Eagle Inn
12 Nottingham – Red Room
13 Birmingham – Ort
14 Banbury – Also Known As
15 Bristol – Crofters Rights
17 Brighton – The Prince Albert
18 London – Dalston Boys Club