Charlie Cunningham

Saturday / September 28, 2019 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Charlie Cunningham
Charlie Cunningham
Image courtesy of the artist

Growing up in a small town in the periphery of London, guitar and piano were always a big part of Charlie Cunningham’s life. After a few years gigging and finding his feet in Oxford, he left for Seville, Spain, where he developed a fresh technique that served as a catalyst for his creativity. Taking the percussive qualities of flamenco, his playing became sharp enough to craft songs laden with delicate flourishes, intricate melodic turns, and moments of stark introspection. His work continues to be both expansive and intimate. “I guess the reason that it took so long for me to put something out was that I couldn't play the way I wanted to play,” he explains. “I knew how I wanted it to be, but I just couldn't do it. I gave myself quite a tough time." Cunningham’s enormously suggestive songwriting is sonically beautiful while also packing an emotional punch. "I love all sorts of music, as long as there is an honesty to it," he says. "But it’s hard, really, to let yourself be exposed like that.”

Cunningham’s artistic development, mapped by his three EPs, Outside Things, Breather, and Heights, took another leap forward with his debut album, Lines. His deft touch and restraint have produced a work of compositions that sound fresh and yet eerily familiar. Although his celebrated flamenco nods and vocal hooks are still present, his musicianship and songwriting ability now take center stage. The popularity of Cunningham’s music is highlighted in over 4.7 million Spotify plays across his three EPs, tens of thousands of views for his captivating online video sessions, and two sold-out headlining tours of Germany, reflecting the public's enthusiasm for his live performances. 

Admission: 
$15 general admission (standing room only)