Charlie Needs Braces is the solo project of Charlie Woods, a musician and proud GuriNgai woman of the Garigal clan and Wannangine Nation.
Charlie had a chat to Wendy and Pete about a show she has created at the Kew Court House, which is guaranteed to be the hot ticket of the school holidays.
No stranger to Australia’s interconnected music scene, Charlie’s talents as a trumpet player are tapped by The Teskey Brothers, Gang of Youths,
The Seven Ups, WVR BVBY and TEK TEK Ensemble, collaborations that have allowed her to perform around the world.
Charlie Needs Braces is an outlet for Woods’ personal and cultural stories, which she hopes will connect audiences to the land and each other. The lyrics are inspired by her mob on the Central Coast, the GuriNgai people, and celebrates her culture, Country, and ancient stories.
Her sound features live looping using brass, vocals and percussion compositions. Audiences at Melbourne Music Week, St Kilda Film Festival and Firelight Festival have embraced Woods’ solo work.
“I’m bringing my sister Miri to perform with me and teach some fun dance routines. This will be a show that celebrates family, everyone can bring their sister if they have one, or their funniest uncle or gang of cousins or their mum if she loves music” says musician Charlie Woods.
Charlie Needs Braces at Kew Court House is most suitable for ages 2 to 12 years and their groovy guardians. The show is interactive and uses music and dance as a tool for learning and having fun in a concert setting. General admission seating and all tickets are at kids' prices.