Charlie is a ukulele-strumming, permaculture troubadour and frontman of ecological electro-funk-swing band Formidable Vegetable. Raised in an off-grid, mud brick shed in southwest WA by alternative-gardening musicians, he is inspired to find creative solutions to ecological and cultural conundrums through music and the arts.
Performing in numerous bands over the years, Charlie questioned the value of contemporary music in a world of climate change and energy-descent and decided to move instead to a career in permaculture (a system of ecologically resilient design that originated in Australia, but has since become something of a global movement). By combining two seemingly unrelated skills – music and permaculture, he has since coined several new genres of music for change, including chook-hop, green-house, compostable-apocalypso and dungstep.
Over the past seven years, his music and band have ended up in all kinds of strange places from the Glastonbury Festival to the headquarters of the United Nations.