Charlie

PROFILE

Charlie Griffin
Solo Entertainer / Musician
Vocals, acoustic guitar, banjolele & backtracks

  • Perform for:
  • Cruise line contracts
  • Weddings
  • Special occasions
  • Cocktail parties
  • Promotions
  • Functions, corporate & private
  • Festivals
  • Receptions, and in fact any occasion that requires that something 'extra'

Extensive experience as a solo entertainer, bandleader & professional musician.

HISTORY

  • Born and educated in South Africa.
  • Now living in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Qualified as a guitar teacher (Trinity College London Licentiate)
  • Taught guitar privately and did gigs, soon becoming a full-time performer, as a solo artist at various pubs, restaurants, promotions, functions, events, and as vocalist/guitarist with various bands.
  • Formed very successful, exceptionally versatile functions band: The Charlie Griffin Band, specialising in one-off functions and events.
  • Rhodes University Chamber Choir
  • Student music/drama productions
  • Operettas
  • Cape Town Philharmonia Choir
  • ONE-THREE-FIVE acoustic folk/rock harmony trio
  • SA RADIO & TV appearances
  • TANGERINE jazz vocal harmony group
  • SESSION MUSICIAN for recording studios
  • 'BUSKING' gigs and singing telegrams
  • Specialised in the one-off functions market - weddings, corporate gala dinners, promotions, festivals, launches etc.

FORMAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Licentiate of Trinity College London (Guitar Teachers)
  • Bachelor of Music Degree (Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa)

SCHOOL / POST-SCHOOL / UNIVERSITY YEARS

  • Anglican Church choir 7 years as soprano, contralto, tenor
  • Age 13: Won 4 X 'A' Diplomas Eisteddfod
  • 1st Prize in EP Herald 'ON THE GO' Music Talent Competition, Port Elizabeth, aged 21
  • University dance bands
  • Vocal/guitar folk-rock harmony trio: ONE-THREE-FIVE-toured South Africa with THE DEALIANS, then a highly successful pop band in South Africa. Besides performing, was also stage manager and lighting operator; Toured Rhodesia with The Dealians as solo act and again as folk duo BANDERSNATCH
  • Rhodes University Chamber Choir
  • Lead vocals & guitar with local dance band: THE MILESTONES, for functions around Eastern Cape
  • Regular member and performer at Rhodes University Folk Music Club & served on the Folk Club committee
  • POST-UNIVERSITY:

    • Self-employed since university as full-time professional musician
    • Private guitar tutor
    • Performed solo a number of 3-6 month, 6 night-a-week 'resident' music contracts at top hotels and restaurants in S Africa, Norway, Greece, London
    • Lead vocalist with Cape Town's then premier functions band: 'THE HYLTON ROSS BAND'
    • Session singer for advertising jingles, and S African Broadcasting Corp. transcription albums
    • Recorded with and appeared on National TV with 'THE BILL FAIRLIE SINGERS' on the EVE BOSWELL SHOW; SATV talent show, 'FOLLOW THAT STAR'; National Radio 'CHUCKLE & CHAT SHOW', singing phone-in requests from all over South Africa. Recorded with THE CLAUDE LARSEN SINGERS
    • Performed and recorded for 2 years with jazz vocal harmony group, 'TANGERINE', including the prestigious international Grahamstown Arts Festival
    • Performed for about 2 years with the Cape Town Philharmonia Choir and Cape Town Symphony Orchestra
    • Performed at functions as a solo entertainer
    • Fronted and managed very successful CHARLIE GRIFFIN BAND: Specialised in the functions market, i.e. weddings, corporate gala dinners, promotions,festivals, launches in S Africa and abroad
    • Member male chorus, THE MELBOURNAIRES, and Barbershop quartet THE CHORDSMEN. Won medals at October 2005 National Convention Gold Coast, Australia

    ACTIVITIES AS PERFORMER and BANDLEADER:

    • The CHARLIE GRIFFIN BAND - from solo to 9 piece functions band: Songs in English, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, German (Oompah and international singalongs), Hebrew, Yiddish, Portuguese, Afrikaans, French, Country & Western, Barndance, Dixieland, Ragtime, Israeli dance, Mainstream Jazz; Theme evenings, eg '60's, Island Music, and other.