When you first look at UK guitarist and singer Charlie Cunningham, you might be led to believe that this fresh-faced musician is just another pop guitarist who sings fluffy tunes. But if you were to think that, you would be dead wrong. Inspired by the sounds of Flamenco music, Cunningham's songs dig deeper into the soul, exploring feelings and thoughts that are well beyond his young age.
UK music lovers are in luck when it comes to Charlie Cunningham tickets, since the up-and-coming guitarist is scheduled to play several venues this fall, including the Moseley Folk Festival in Moseley, and The End of the Road Festival in North Dorset District. He will then head on over to Tivoli in Denmark before heading back to the UK to play at St. Giles in the Field in London.
Charlie Cunningham spent some time in Spain, where he listened to a lot of Flamenco music and even took some lessons. He wanted to incorporate the sound he was listening to in his music, which is how he created his unique sound. Cunningham is also an animal lover and considers himself to be a terrific uncle.
Cunningham began playing the guitar at the tender age of twelve. The young phenom started out using an electric guitar, but then decided to switch over to an acoustic guitar, which he felt helped give him a more bluesy sound. Cunningham was eager to perfect his style, which is reflected in the intense beats that pour out from his guitar. All this work shows, since his debut single, "Outside Things," debuted on Best Fit in 2014.
Cunningham's debut album, "Outside Things," made quite an impression on music lovers and critics alike. The title track reflected his unique view on the world, since it took the perspective of a newborn baby. Critics were also surprised by his strong writing ability, which they said displayed an original rawness. They were astounded with Cunningham's percussive guitar playing as well, which they thought set him apart from everyone else.
In many of his songs, Charlie Cunningham picks topics and perspectives that take the audience on a journey into their soul. "In One Out," also from the "Outside Things" album, looks at how it would be if Cunningham used heroin when he was really old. Another song, "Plans," was written as a tribute to a friend who died of malaria. In 2015, Cunningham released his second studio album, "Breather," which continued his trend of dark themes paired with impressive guitar playing.
It may sound cliché to say that a singer's words can draw a crowd in, but that is exactly what happens when Charlie Cunningham plays. His voice, which is nice and soulful, is perfectly matched by his Flamenco-influenced guitar playing. Throw in powerful lyrics and a dark, quiet atmosphere, and you will have yourself a mesmerising evening that will take hold of you and not let go until the very end.
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