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Patron Barry Charles

Patron Barry Charles

Barry Charles Supports Disability as our Patron

Barry Charles Patron 121 CareBarry Charles became 121 Care Patron at our Annual General Meeting in October 2014. The Management Committee and 121 Care staff feel very privileged to have Barry on board.

Barry Charles supports disability organisationThe renowned blues, soul and rock musician, Barry Charles has performed and recorded all over Australia and in New York, Jamaica, the UK and Europe.

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.

Barry Charles polio disability

“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 connects with audiences from around the world, exploring sound and 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