Steve Charles – Guitar and Vocals for the band “Viper Central”.
Steve graduated with a degree in Jazz Guitar in 1999. As a performer, he specializes in Brazilian music; composing and playing Cavaquinho for local group Corcovado and re-inventing the Choro tradition with Sapeca. Since encountering Bluegrass and Old-time music in 2005, Steve has quickly established himself in the scene with his band Redgrass. In 2007 he produced Whiskey Hollow Bound, a compilation CD of emerging bluegrass and old-time bands in Vancouver which was distributed and played all across Canada.
As a composer and multi-instrumentalist Steve is in demand with many theatre companies in Vancouver. His arsenal includes nylon and steel string guitar, electric and upright bass, piano, banjo, mandolin, cavaquinho and various percussion instruments. Recent shows include: Back To You and The Jungle Book by Musical Theatreworks; Boca del Lupo shows; Vasily the Luckless, The House of Sleeping Beauties, The Perfectionist, and The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces, Fugue Theatre’s Lillie and Flynn, Studio 58’s The Boyfriend and Jessie nominated sound design and composition for Mesa by Third Street Theatre. Recent highlights include Folk, Jazz, and Fringe Festivals across Canada, U.S., and Europe. He is active in Vancouver’s diverse music scene, often seen with Ache Brasil or Cabaret slam folk band, The Fugitives.
Some time ago, I was taking the ferry over to the Mainland (or more specifically, was on the way back to Nanaimo) and came across a group of musicians putting on a little bit of an impromptu performance, playing violin, Banjo, fiddles and what not.. They were pretty awesome. This guy, Steve Charles, was really great on a banjo. Check out some of their stuff HERE.