Tell me about Charlie Law and how you got into singing your own songs.
I was in an awful rock band when I was fourteen, called Containz Nutz. We played bad Metallica covers! From there I developed a love for the guitar then I found Nick Drake and John Martin and the rest is history!
Are there musicians in your family or are you the first?
My parents aren’t musicians but my Grandad is a great ragtime piano player and he tries his hand at guitar, but I think he picked that up too late!
Who are the musicians you aspire to be like?
Well I started out, as I said, with Nick Drake and John Martin. The I saw Bob Dylan and saw what you could really do with a song. The I basically copied people of my age.
But tonight’s set was 100% Charlie.
Oh yes, totally – but my heroes are Will Varley, Dan Owen I love as well, and Ben Folke Thomas. All these quite small indie artists that I hear and get totally addicted to.
You are a Suffolk lad now living in London.
Yes Suffolk born and bred but living in Greenwich and busking on the South Bank.
What made you move to the capital?
Yeah… why did I move to London? (thinks for a long while!) I moved to London because… I don’t know, something kind of pulled me to it. There is so much going on, so many different cultures. It is just something that I thought I would always do. But I am definitely not going to stay there I am going to move back to Suffolk.
Tell me about ‘This Could Be The Day‘
Yes, my new EP. I’ve not put anything out for three years, I’ve been working on it for a long time. It has got songs about panic attacks, about modern day politics, religion and a song about a broken camper van – all of which you heard tonight.
I shouldn’t have favourites, but mine is the one I call the refugee song, tell me about that and maybe what the title really is!
Ah yes, ‘The Gardens in the West’. It is a song about where I stand on the war that is going on between the western world and ‘Islamic State’ basically. For me, I grew up in the countryside, minding my own business, never harming anyone and I find it so weird that to some people on the other side of the world and here I am somehow their enemy.
You recently released an album of covers, yes?
I did an album of covers with a record label BMG. I was approached by a stranger, who has now become a friend, Ricky Hanley, who lives down the road in Kesgrave. He saw me play at Ipswich Corn Exchange at a student night. He liked my voice and got me to do one track that BMG wanted doing, maybe for an advert or something, and that went well. So they asked me to do a whole album. It was recorded in England by a German company and is now with a publishing company in L.A. – you never know, you may hear me on an Andrex advert or something!
What gigs have you got lined up for the summer?
I have loads of stuff lined up. I played at the World Hot Rod championship at Foxhall Stadium in Ipswich. Its a really weird gig at 9 in the morning, I turn up with my busking amp and play in the audience, but I’ve done it a few times now. I’m doing a mini tour of the UK starting tonight at The Angel in Woodbridge tonight then on to Nottingham, Addlestone, Brackley, Harwich, Kingston, London at The World’s End and finally Burgess Hill.
Thank you for taking the time to talk to Grapevine – we enjoyed tonight and look forward to the launch of ‘This Could Be The Day’