Barry Charles Supports Disability as our Patron
Barry is proud to be involved in disability support in his role as Patron and says “I’m attached to the environment and lifestyle of the Sunshine Coast and I’m happy to be associated with a local disability services charity doing great work. I look around me and I think, I am really very, very lucky.”
Contracting polio at 15 months of age, the disability hasn’t stopped Barry from carving out a stellar musical career with his unique voice and vocal range.
“When I went to high school I couldn’t play football so I got into a lunchtime ukulele group run by our Sri Lankan science teacher. We started with two and ended with thirty of us playing ukes.
We learnt all these funny little songs like Little Brown Jug and Swanee River. ” Barry says with a smile.
Barry’s connects with audiences around the world and explores sound, looking for new tones and expressions of emotion without words.
Incorporating scat singing into his performances, Barry uses the full range to bring colour into a song. He counts his influencers as Tom Waits, Otis Redding, Percey Sledge, Tim Buckley and Al Green. There’s music in his family. Barry’s father was a tenor and his grandfather, a powerful bass baritone, sang in an opera with Dame Nellie Melba.
Barry continues to perform regularly at gigs and festivals. For more information, visit Barry Charles
Last updated: 29 March 2015