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New Year’s Eve with vocalist Charlie Barker
31 Dec 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 1 Jan 2022 @ 12:30 am
Come an join us for a fantastic evening’s entertainment and to bring in the New Year in style.
Tickets on sale now from behind the bar.
Members £12.50 Guests £17.50 Buffet included in the price
Doors open 7pm
Charlie is a classically trained musician who has been playing cello since the age of seven and guitar since she could hold the instrument.
When many young girls were miming to Spice Girl tracks, young Charlie was learning to play Nanci Griffith and Janis Ian. Her spare time was spent in local folk clubs.
A child of the 80s growing up in Sheffield, Charlie’s musical influences came from both the niche and mainstream, listening to her Father’s vinyl recordings of Blondie, Jethro Tull and The Stranglers as well as Mary Chapin Carpenter and James Taylor.
Charlie played cello in a number of orchestras in South Yorkshire, before being selected, at the age of 15 to appear on the BBC1 TV programme ‘The Next Big Thing’. She was the only young solo artist to both sing and play live before the studio audience.
“Appearing on TV at such a young age was such a valuable experience, it taught me how to deal with nerves and become more of a performer as opposed to someone who just sings songs. Joining a soul band gave me the opportunity to do something entirely different to what I’d always performed, but it wasn’t long before I wanted to return to doing more acoustic music.” says Charlie.
2011 saw the recording of her second album Ghosts & Heroes with Chris Thornton-Smith has been the latest project. It features guitarist Tom Sweeney (Kerfuffle) and percussionist and BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist, Jim Molyneux (4Square, Demon Barber’s Time Gentlemen Please).
2015 saw Charlie move into the realms of teaching music, having spent nearly half her life playing and performing. In addition to her work on stage, Charlie can be found teaching vocal coaching, music lessons and workshops to students young and old through a Sheffield-based music school.
“I love seeing achieve their goals through music. It’s one of the best feelings. Whether people come to learn for pure enjoyment or to further their studies and careers, its wonderful to watch and help people grow.” says Charlie.