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Fig Night 29 April 2016

Heart Beats Mind
Nick Charles
Uptown Funk
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Once upon a time, there was a young girl and a young guy that liked to sit and think about the future together. They would talk about what was to become of them, where they were going to go, and who they were going to be. They were musicians too by the way, and they loved everything about music, but as they learnt about the rules of life they were meant to follow, there became a burning desire for more. A little candle, flickering with creativity and a desire for something different.

Over time, their dinner conversations turned to jam sessions and singalong’s, and today this guy and this girl are heart.beats.mind. the Sydney based pop/folk duo that are going to make you smile.

This mischievous duo, comprised of Elle May and Jordan Millar, have now played hundreds of shows together. Independently they’ve won big awards (Live & local, MusicOz, National Songwriting Competition), toured the country with the likes of The Fray, Christina Perri, Xavier Rudd and many more, but together their chemistry is undeniable. As their two voices intertwine over their pop hooks, be prepared to be drawn into their world and experience their playful and quirky tunes that’ll run through your minds and play your hearts strings.

But it is at this point in the story that we have to talking about what’s happened already, and start realizing what’s coming next. Something honest, something real and something big.

Its this sort of thing that happens all the time, when the heart.beats.mind.


Nick Charles has released more than a dozen albums on the major Australian and US roots music labels winning “Album of the Year”, “Song of the Year”, “Artist of the Year” and also the “Australian Song Contest” on numerous occasions.

He’s toured the USA ten times to critical acclaim, performed at the Edinburgh Festival and is referred to internationally as “Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic roots and blues”.

In 2014 he was named “Port Fairy Folk Festival Artist of the Year” (Australia’s highest folk honour) and averages more than 150 shows a year in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

His music draws on the fingerstyle magic and lyrical charm of the pre-war acoustic blues masters but also encompasses an eclectic and wide ranging mix of blues inspired folk and early ragtime jazz as well as exploring songs and tunes from across the 20th century.

Australian Guitar Magazine has labelled Nick “an awesome talent” and the Sydney Morning Herald says “he plays guitar like an angel!”

He has toured with a who’s who of the music world including Guy Clarke, John Hammond, Robyn Ford, Junior Wells, BB King and Ralph McTell.

Nick has recently released “The River Flows”, already number three on the Australian Public Radio network and receiving four and a half star reviews in the prestigious Green Guide of Melbourne’s Age newspaper and The Australian!

For more information on Nick’s career visit www.charlesguitar.com

A few more quotes…..

“His mastery of country blues is striking!” Rhythms Magazine

“The deceptive ease of a virtuoso” The Age

UpTown Funk  is a 6 piece Soul, Funk , R&B, Old School Dance band fronted by two of Sydney’s premier lead vocalist & entertainers, Oscar Kami & Ashleigh Leef.

Back-line band members include Andrew Mostyn-Drums,  Kuki Nayakacalou-Guitar and Jona Uluinaceva-Keys.

Though relatively new, UpTown Funk is no stranger to the music industry with all vocalist and musicians performing in the live sector and recording studios for more than a decade.

Band members have worked alongside INXS, The Rockmelons, Fiji, Disco Montego, Prinnie Stevens, Paulini, David Campbell, Doug Williams to name a few.

 UpTown Funk performs a standard serving of Funk, Soul, Dance, Reggae infused with an old school side and pop to top it off.

UpTown Funk are inspired by huge sensations such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye,  Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Lionel Richie, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, EWF, Bee Gees, Daft Punk & so much more.




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