The cat in the hat
By Andrew Woodger
Singer-songwriter Charlie Winston grew up with his brother Tom Baxter at the King's Head Hotel in Bungay. He's now signed to Peter Gabriel's Real World label and in 2009 made it to the top of the French charts with his Hobo album.
2007 was the year Charlie stepped out from his brother's shadow. However, it's not a case of sibling rivalry and in-fighting - the pair shared a stage (as did their sister Vashti) during Tom's gig at the end of the High Tide drama festival at Halesworth's New Cut.
Charlie began an association with Peter Gabriel having recorded for Tom at the former Genesis singer's Real World Studios. Following a spot of babysitting, Charlie eventually pressed his demo's into Peter's hands. Publishing and record deals with Real World followed and Charlie was one of the support acts on Gabriel's summer tour on 2007 which took in a 'homecoming' gig of sorts at Blickling Hall in Norfolk.
A rising profile meant the time was clearly right to get him and his harmonica player Benjamin Edwards into BBC Radio Suffolk for a session in 2007. The songs are all from his debut album Make Way. This was later renamed Hobo as the single Like A Hobo took off in France.
Benjamin & Charlie
In the summer of 2009, Hobo hit the top of the French charts and Charlie's become a multi-platinum star there - playing at festivals in front of 50,000 people while remaining relatively unknown in his native UK.
You can also listen to brother Tom Baxter's BBC Suffolk session and read more about sister Vashti's music and life-modelling using the links on the right.
Stephen Foster Introducing... is part of his weekday Drivetime show which runs 1600-1900 Monday-Friday (finishes 1800 on Friday) on BBC Suffolk. You can also Listen Again to it on this website via the BBC iPlayer.
last updated: 06/08/2009 at 12:37
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