Charles Macdonald is a guitarist from Chester, England. From a young age he was exposed to many genres by his parents whether that was Michael Jacksons ‘Earth Song’ blaring from the lounge or his dad singing Joan Baez’s version of ‘Forever Young’ from a song book. A little later he started to read his brothers old ‘Kerrang!’ Magazines which was what inspired him to get his first guitar from reading about the likes of the Foo Fighters and Metallica. Although he first started out playing pointy guitars and practicing sweep picking and shred licks for hours a day, he quickly became more interested in pop and jazz. By the age of eighteen he had shared the stage with the likes of Mike Walker and Dennis Rollins where he learnt a lot about improvisation, rhythm playing and performance.
Charles then went onto study music at the world renowned Royal Northern College of Music where he gained a first-class honours degree and was able to work alongside a variety of talented musicians. It was during his final year at the Royal Northern College of Music where his break into the pop session scene came touring with the The Shires, who have become the biggest selling UK country act of all time. Now in his mid twenties Charles’ highlights have included supporting: Rod Stuart at Hyde Park, Jeff Lynes ELO at Wembley Stadium, The Corrs on their White Light Arena Tours and Tom Jones’ Summer Tour as well as playing to sold-out crowds headlining tours with The Shires and Callum Beattie at venues including London Palladium and Shepards Bush Empire. Charles has recently been writing and recording with singer-songwriter ‘Callum Beattie,’ with whom his first co-write ‘Man Behind The Sun’ was released reaching the Top 40 of the UK Radio Airplay Chart as well as being ‘Record of the Week’ and ‘A-Listed’ on BBC Radio 2. Callum’s trust in Charles’ ability has seen him working with producers Ken Nelson, Cam Blackwood and Steve Chrisanthou across the UK whilst finishing Callum’s debut album ‘People Like Us’.
The future sees Charles looking to build on his already exciting career, with the hope of one day playing to a Glastonbury Pyramid Stage crowd where thousands sing his songs back him and his Laney amplifier.
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