Bluegrass on a boat.
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.
Bluegrass, ferry crossings and great vibes…
Taking the ferry across the strait of Georgia is always bittersweet. It’s either going to something amazing, or coming back from something amazing. And the bitter part comes in where the “B.C. Ferries” part comes in. Because BC ferries has to be one of the poorest run, overpriced monopoly services in Western Canada. The sweet part comes in on days like today – choppy water, rocking boat, miserable day – but there’s a Bluegrass band giving a free performance in the forward passenger area. And a really good bluegrass group at that – Viper Central. (Click HERE to check out their site, and hear what they do).
So, the Kathleen, Steve, Tim et al; Thank you for making a decidedly unpleasant trip… pleasant.
I got some pretty great video clips as well. Will post those as soon as I get a chance to convert them and slap ’em on youtube.