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"Reviews2008- 2010"

Barry Charles: Reviews
“Self Induced Cause” 2005
“Something Goin On Out There” 2008

Some blues in this review from Australian singer-songwriter Barry Charles. He send his two last albums, first Self Induced Cause from 2005. To be honest, the looks of the booklet confused me a bit as on this picture he looks exactly like a popular Dutch radio DJ who only plays popular mainstream music. Thankfully Barry Charles has a much better taste in music. He sings a combination of original material and covers from artists such as Curtis Mayfield, Rolling stones and Jim Crawford. Charles surprises me with a deep and rich voice, (yes, yes a bit like Tom Waits, my god what a cliché, I apologize for that) Some great material from Charles himself like Sunday Paranoid Blues. Good saxophone in this one, not that any of the musicians backing his guitar play and singing is bad, definitely the right chemistry between them. Than three years further in time, it’s 2008 and he records his latest album "Something Goin’ On Out There". From the first second the biggest difference is the full and rich sound of the album. Sparkling music, on the opening track Shirley Sassy and again he is backed by the right musicians (this time violin, harmonica, Wurlitzer etc.) From this fresh start to the more serious stuff in Cruisin. Love the pureness of this song, great interaction between harmonica and guitar. In High Technology Blues he combines his good sense of humour with his good taste of music. The only song in which he uses some electronic programming to proof that all those modern things frustrate him a lot. Barry Charles is an unexpected surprise who is at his best in his self written songs, although the covers he does, aren’t bad either. Two great albums!
Eelco Schilder - FROG - the Folk & Roots Online Guide (12 Nov 2009)
Barry Charles / Something Goin 'On Out There. . .
At last a sign of life of this Australian singer-songwriter and his latest CD dates from 2005. It remains inconceivable that this great singer not known in Europe, as has my previous rave review have not changed. Compared with Self Induced Cause this is more a solo project with contributions from Andy Bahor on violin, Andy Cowan on Wurlitzer piano, organ and synthesizer, and Haggis Maguiness on harmonica. The vast range of Barry's voice continues to amaze, I hardly know singers who can go so low, Long John Baldry sounds like a tenor compared to him, only the Mongolian throat singers go a step further. All three songs are covers from Charles, Do not Want To Know by John Martyn, You're The One of Bobby King and Little Red Rooster by Willie Dixon. He knows that, now as often retreaded classic, new impetus through a very different and very personal performance. In the beautiful High Technology Blues lets his voice growling, rasping and sound like a didgerido. Not a weak song in sight on this disc, I can only say that you miss a lot if you do not buy this CD, give the man a break! (JVL)
Marc Nolis - MazzMuzikaS Belgium on-line CD review (translation) (25 Oct 2009)
25/augustus/2009 18:17 Stored in: CD Reviews

This unique Australian singer-songwriter singing talent was born in a very musical family. Grandfather had a baritone voice, tenor father. Barry in turn was sealed with a black blues and soul vocal range. With a fine technique on guitar and harmonica he creates a really unique phrasing. During the summer of 2000 he took the world famous Glastonbury festival, and gave it their best at the World Exhibition in Hannover, Germany. Two years later, Charles played several solo gigs in Europe and opened for The Night Porters including in the UK, Fairport Convention in Bruges and was the guest of Suzy and John in the Crossroads Blues Cafe in Antwerp.
This last year he published "Something Goin 'On Out There" - eight songs, three covers. With a minimum of one occupation (Andy Cowan, synth. Programming, Wurlitzer piano, organ and Baylor and Andy on guitar and violin) Barry serves us more than just soul-blues material. With "Little Red Rooster" by Willie Dixon, he expresses his deep respect for this legendary blues artist.
Barry performs solo with just an acoustic guitar and rack harp. Without airs he opens whistling 'Sassy Shirley ", this lady is brutally silenced by Andy Baylor's violin.
Bobby King was once backup singer with Ry Cooder, and this lends' You're The One "to Charles, it is especially the harmony that strikes us here. In the soulful "Cruisin 'the Haggis Maguiness on harmonica for the comic relief will.
Hopefully Barry Charles returns quickly to other continents, and he doesn't forget Flanders on his tour schedule.

Philip Verhaege
Philip Verhaege - Keys and Chords - CD review (translation) (25 Aug 2009)
Before you hear the exceptional vocal range, the innovative scatting and the Tuvan-influenced throat singing of unique Sunshine Coast singer-songwriter Barry Charles, what hooks you in are the funky grooves he lays down on his acoustic guitar. Charles' rhythmic playing style and vocal gymnastics are interwoven through five new self-penned narratives on this CD produced by Andy Cowan at his home studio in Victoria. Charles blends humour and reverie as he muses on themes ranging from sassy ladies and cruising the highways to life's precious gifts and modern technology in sings which would be among his most pre-eminent work to date. The short and sweet half hour album's musical backing is economic with tasteful input from Andy Baylor on violin and guitar, Haggis Maguiness on harmonica and Cowan on harmonies and keys. While he is very much a contemporary folk-blues songster, Charles' slow-paced, solo voice/guitar/rackharp take on Willie Dixon's 'Red Rooster' is the essence of early Delta country blues. He also reworks John Martyn's quasi-blues 'Don't Want To Know' and brings out his soul leanings on Bobby King's 'You're The One'.
Al Hensley - Rhythms Magazine (15 Feb 2009)
COMMENT - A short note to say how much I've been enjoying your latest CD!
What struck me most was the wonderful sound - easily the best sounding recording I've heard in a while, and lovely subtle arrangements, letting the vocal and guitar speak for themselves - really well performed!
Jim Carfrae UK - musician (Oct 2008)
" . . . Noosa, Queensland's Barry Charles has been blanketed with lavish reviews the world over for his musical prowess interpreting his idol - Tom Waits - not to mention his world-class voice with a staggering five octave vocal range, Charles has to be seen (or heard) to be believed!
xpress magazine - Perth, Western Australia
REVIEW . . ."self induced cause"... 'the last three numbers has been taken live, the Curtis Mayfield song, 'People Get Ready', transformed by Charles into entirely his own number, 'Ode To Tony Joe', where Charles comes still lower than is believable, and then the best interpretation which I have ever heard of 'Miss You' . . ."[TRANSLATION]
Belgium online CD review - May '06 - MAZZMUSIKAS
REVIEW . . . "self induced cause"... ‘Whether performing an original composition or interpreting a non-original Barry makes every song his own and often takes it into uncharted terrain'
'. . .what you'll hear are solefully intrinsic renditions inwardly sympathetic to the songs' basic elements as Charles pilots them into his own musical universe.'
Al Hensley - Rhythms magazine
REVIEW . . . "Northern Shores"... ‘a man who started with an amazing voice has been on long journeys into sound and of fearless experimentation to get where he is with this really great CD. What’s amazing is that he does almost everything - vocals, guitar (he’s just so impressive and expressive), and harmonica - with Tim Finnigan on double bass'.
Andrew Tucker - Music Scene
REVIEW . . . "Beyond Boundaries" 'as a singer, Barry Charles has the voice, the personality and delivery to give you a variety of musical experiences . . .'
Andrew Tucker - Music Scene - different people


something goin’ on out there . . .
Eight tracks - five new original tracks - including the title track - and a couple of old favourites that have been on my repertoire for some time. The album came about when an old friend, and great musician, called and offered a few days recording with him in his new studio. Basically it’s a solo album, but with some really nice added touches from Andy Cowan, Andy Baylor and Haggis Maguiness.

self induced cause
REVIEW . . . ‘the last three numbers have been taken live, the Curtis Mayfield song, People Get Ready, has been transformed by Charles to entirely his own number, Ode To Tony Joe, where Charles comes still lower than is believable, and then the best interpretation which I have ever heard of I Miss You . . .‘
MAZZMUSIKAS Belgium online CD review

under the influence The Songs Of Tom Waits
A gift of a Tom Waits album, from his brother converted Barry to Waits’ compositions and singing style. Barry’s unique interpretation has evolved with live performance, “Thanks Tom! I’m only the messenger . . .” And a tasteful contribution from Tim Finnigan on double bass.

Northern Shores A wholly original CD - acoustic blues
REVIEW . . . ‘a man who started with an amazing voice has been on long journeys into sound and of fearless experimentation to get where he is with this really great CD. What’s amazing is that he does almost everything - vocals, guitar (he’s just so
impressive and expressive), and harmonica - with Tim Finnigan on double bass’.
Music Scene with Andrew Tucker

Away from it all
and now for something completely different . . . no words!
Barry uses his voice as an instrument to capture moods and images of the Noosa lakes and river system. Origionally composed to accompany an exhibition of his photographs.

Beyond Boundaries
His first CD, it is a mixture of the big ballads and original compositions that Barry was performing then, circa 1995. Studio recording with backing on all tracks by Sunshine Coast musicians.



Australian singer-songwriter, Barry Charles, is renowned for his exceptional vocal range and technique. Barry is an engaging performer, passionate and wonderfully alive. Barry can incorporate in a performance innovative scatting, interwoven with the unmistakable sounds of Tuva singing. He also explores the technique of split harmonics and his phrasing is quite unique.