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Charlie Ayliffe emerged on the music scene in the autumn of 2010 performing a dark and beautiful blend of folk blues.
The Hampshire born songwriter combines rolling finger picked guitar with vivid lyrics and a haunting voice that is instantly recognisable, yet reminiscent of the likes of John Martyn, Devendra Banhart and Nick Drake.
The debut ep Rusting Leaf was released back in February and is now available as a free download. Alongside Charlie’s characteristic vocal and guitar, songs feature performances from friends and fellow musicians on harp, piano, zither and violin.
Charlie describes his songs as ‘a way to describe the people and places that make an impression on me. It’s usually the little details that stick in my mind and I’ll create a story around them.’ ‘My guitar style has evolved from playing and writing on my own a lot. I find that finger picking the parts gives this rich rhythmical sound that I could sing to.’
Originally a classical musician and singer, Charlie turned his attention to writing his own songs some ten years ago. He explains ‘I grew up listening to everything from orchestral and choral music, to rock, to electronica and almost everything in-between. In particular Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Cat Power, Erik Satie and Devendra Banhart left a big impression on me.'
Charlie is now working on a full length album and you can check out some of his latest tracks online.