Nick Charles (Australia)


In a long and critically acclaimed career, Nick Charles has released a dozen albums on the major Australian and US roots music and guitar labels.

Averaging nearly 150 shows a year in Australia, New Zealand and the USA, his music encompasses an eclectic mix of acoustic roots including blues, folk and early ragtime jazz. With his trademark dazzling fingerpicking on 6 and 12 string guitars, stinging slide and a lifetime’s stories and songs from the musical highway it’s a show that sees him labelled by The Age as “Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic roots and blues” and by Australian Guitar magazine as “an awesome talent!”


Some recent comments on Nick’s performances across the USA, Australia and New Zealand

“The name
may be unfamiliar but the talent is universal! Dazzling guitar, muscular vocals
and clever, literate writing – Nick Charles, the full package!”
Len Holton (Little Rock Folk Club, Arkansas USA)
Nick’s masterful guitar performance was captivating,
awe-inspiring and full of warmth and congeniality.”
Mitch Chang (Kala Koa Entertainment,

“The fingerpicking wonder from downunder
Acoustic Music Resources, LA, USA

“A world class stylist and composer”
(Black Rose Acoustic Society, Colorado USA)

understated skill and finesse”                                                                                     
Mike Daly (The Age)

“He plays like an angel. He writes good songs and sings with conviction and seems to nod in the direction of Leo Kottke and English folk based virtuosos such as Davey Graham and Nic Jones”  Bruce Elder (Sydney Morning Herald)

“Amazingly expressive”     Lee Howard (Herald Sun)
“Dazzling musicianship…impressive stagecraft” Brian
Wise (Rhythms Magazine)
“With the chops of John Fahey or Peter Lang…every movement is logical; every phrase musical.. magical..”
Rob Santo (Guitar Player Magazine)
Some standout performances………..

Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield, Kansas, USA); The
Edinburgh Festival (UK);
Port Fairy Folk Festival; The National Folk Festival; Fairbridge
Festival; The Spiegel Tent; Mission Estate Concert (NZ)

Latest album “Return
of the Travelling Fingerpicker”
(November 2010)