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charlie burchill
musician: guitar/violin
birthday: 27th November 1959

associated with band: 1975 -

Charlie in 1977

Life In A Day photoshot

Real To Real Cacophony photoshoot

Empires And Dance photoshoot

Sons And Fascination photoshoot

New Gold Dream photoshoot

Tour Du Monde tour programme

Charles Burchill, known to Jim Kerr as "The Wee Man" and to all of Simple Minds as Charlie Piranha because of his habit of baring his teeth when under the influence of drink or extreme emotion, is the extrovert of the group. Charlie rarely sleeps, and when accused of looking extremely ill and pale recently declared that he was "on top of the planet, by the way", adding: " think I had too much sleep last night."

Be that as it may, Charles is undoubtedly a guitarist of distinction. Though each member of the group has evolved a distinctive musical style, organsied to fit precisely with everybody else, songwriting generally starts with Charlie exchaning ideas with keyboards whizz Mick MacNeil. These two have developed an intricate rapport which does away with the normal roles of keyboards and guitar. Instead of one of them playing a dominant role while the other drops back in support, they've learned to weave subtle but potent webs of sound in which both play with maximum economy and minimum flash.

"I started playing the guitar when I was 14, turning 15," Charlie explains. "Me and my brother got guitars - I had an Embassy coupon guitar which was a real mess and he got a really good one. The two of us learned together. Then he stopped playing and I carried on, and he sorta encouraged me."

Surprisingly perhaps, in view of his extraordinary capacity for both work and play, Charlie will readily admit to listening to such elderly folk as Joni Mitchell or Tom Verlaine (not to mention Chic, The Doors and Bach's Brandenburg Concertos as played by Wendy Carlos). He also possesses the enviable gift of making friends effortlessly, and often surprises complete strangers by engaging them in incredibly frank and lengthy conversations.

The Piranha's indecent hunger for new places and enriching experiences was already evident when, as a mere 16 year old, he set off with school chum Jim Kerr to hitch-hike across Europe and back. Needless to say, he loves touring, playing live concerts and recording. At all times, he has what he would call "a wee glow."

Adam Sweeting
New Gold Tour Programme




Charles Burchill (born 27/11/59). Guitarist, philosopher and keeper of the glow, Charlie Burchill is more often than not the life and soul of the party. Even when there isn't a party. Charlie is never satisfied for long and is always bouncing with enthusiasm for the job at hand, whether it's arecording, a gig or an interview. Constantly rewrites history in the light of something he's just learned or discovered. Devoted fan of Charles Dickens.

Attitude: "No matter what type of music it is, people will always be able to spot the conviction in it if it's done genuinely. That's why you can [like] really diverse things, like Joni Mitchell, say. It might be a really different style of music but obviously you go through changing sorts of moods as a person, so why should listening to music be any different?"

Adam Sweeting
Tour Du Monde Tour Programme




discography
Johnny And The Self Abuser 7 Life In A Day single Life In A Day LP Chelesea Girl single Real To Real Cacophony LP Changeling single Empires And Dance LP I Travel single Celebrate single The American single Love Song single Sons And Fascination LP Sisters Feeling Call LP Sweat In Bullet single Theme For Great Cities LP I Travel single Celebration LP Promised You A Miracle single Glittering Prize single New Gold Dream LP Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) single New Gold Dream single I Travel single Waterfront single Speed Your Love To Me single Sparkle Through The Years promo LP Sparkle In The Rain LP Up On The Catwalk single Don't You (Forget About Me) single Alive And Kicking single Once Upon A Time LP Sanctify Yourself single All The Things She Said single Once Upon A Time promo single All The Things promo LP Alive And Kicking (84,85,86) EP Simplemente LP Ghostdancing single Promised You A Miracle Live single Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) Live promo single Live In The City Of Light LP Don't You (Forget About Me) single Don't You (Forget About Me) single Ballad Of The Streets EP Mandela Day promo single Street Fighting Years LP This Is Your Land single Take A Step Back promo single Kick It In single The Amsterdam EP Street Fighting Years LP Verona Video The Very Best Let There Be Love single Real Life LP See The Lights single Stand By Love single Real Life single Travelling Man single Love Song/Alive And Kicking single Glittering Prize 81/92 LP Promised You A Miracle promo single Don't You (Forget About Me) promo single Don't You (Forget About Me) promo single She's A River single Good News From The Next World LP Hypnotised single And The Band Played On single Night Music single Great Leap Forward single 81/95 DJ Copy CD House Of Blues CD The Promised CD Glitterball single Neapolis CD War Babies single The Early Years 1977-78 CD Real Live 91 CD Our Secrets Are The Same CD Dancing Barefoot single Neon Lights CD Homosapien single The Best Of CD Cry single Cry CD Cry remix single Spaceface single New Sunshine Morning single Cry remix single Spaceface remix single One Step Closer single The Best Of Night Of The Proms CD Our Secrets Are The Same CD Early Gold CD Seen The Lights - A Visual History DVD Don't You (Forget About Me) single Live And Rare CD Dirty Old Town single Silver Box Seen The Lights - Live In Verona DVD Home single Black And White CD Stranger single The Jeweller (Part Two) single Different World [TAROMINA.ME] single Stay Visible single Don't You (Forget About Me) single Tribute To Jinky single The Platinum Collection Simple Minds Live Volume One Simple Minds Live Volume Two Gift Pack CD/DVD




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live appearances

Johnny And The Self Abusers
Simple Minds 1978
Life In A Day tour
Real To Real Cacophony tour
Empires And Dance 1980 tour
Empires And Dance 1981 tour
Sons And Fascination 1981 tour
Sons And Fascination 1982 tour
New Gold Tour
Tour Du Monde
Barrowlands 1985
Live Aid
Once Upon A Time Tour
Cash For Kids
Brazil 1988
Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute
Artists Against Apartheid Rally
Street Fighting Years Tour
Nelson Mandela Freedom Concert
Germany 1990
Real Life Tour
US Christmas Shows
Good News From The Next World Tour
Festival Tour 1997
Night Of The Proms 1997
Neapolis Tour
Scotland Rocks For Kosovo
Grand Prix Night Of The Proms
The Floating World Tour
Night Of The Promos 2002
Alive And Kicking Tour
Festival Tour
Intimate Tour
Black And White Tour
Australian Tour 2007
Lisbon Lions
Night Of The Proms 2008 Spring Dates
46664 Concert Honouring Nelson Mandela At 90
Night Of The Proms 2008 Winter Dates
Celebrate 30 Years Live Tour