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Midlake choose Wadebridge teenager to support them at Shepherds Bush Empire

By LeeTrewhela  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

  • Charlie Bowdery on stage at Shepherds Bush Empire

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A 16-YEAR-OLD singer-songwriter from Wadebridge had an amazing opportunity last week when he supported American band Midlake at their own behest at London's famed Shepherds Bush Empire.

The band wanted Charlie Bowdery to support them on the rest of the UK tour but his dad said no, as he needed to return to Cornwall for his studies.

Charlie's dream performance came about after Gary Cooper Burrows, Midlake's tour manager, played Charlie’s EP to the band and showed them video footage of his recent performance at the Feed Me With Music Event organised by Cornish promoter Louise Martin in Falmouth.

The band were impressed enough to invite Charlie to open for them at their Shepherds Bush gig where he played a full 30-minute set. The response from the estimated 400-500 music fans in the audience was warm and encouraging.

Midlake were so pleased they invited Charlie to travel with them to their next gig in Brighton the following night. But his father Dean - founder and owner of Protection Racket, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of soft drum cases based in Wadebridge - said no, back to Cornwall and college where Charlie is studying a two-year music diploma.

Charlie writes all his own material, and has just recorded a 10-track EP at the Cube Studios in Silverwell with well-known producer and studio owner Gareth Young (All Saints / Sugababes).

Four of his songs have been played on David White's BBC Introducing Cornwall radio show. He regularly gigs in and around Cornwall - see his Facebook page for future dates. To hear some of his music go to SoundCloud.

For more head to www.charliebowdery.com and soundcloud.com/deanbowdery/sets/charlie-bowdery-ep-2013

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