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Joe first stood on stage in front of 200 people when he was 5 years old at a Huntsville, Ontario festtval . He remembers being scared to death but the thrill never left him.
When Joe was a kid he used to sit beside the big old floor model radio with the rotary dial and listen and sing along to his parents' music... the crooners (Crosby, Clooney, Kaye), the Rat Pack, maybe some Hank Williams. Then, late one night through some freak of nature in the atmoshere he heard, "movin' and a groovin with Cousin Bruce". It was a show on WABC New York and a wild man going by the moniker of "Cousin Brucie" was playing the Beatles. The British Invasion was on. Joe was never the same after that.
Joe started writing poetry when he was a teenager. While he was at York university in Toronto he started going to the Riverboat club. He got fascinated with the singer/songwriter thing and started putting his words to music. Joe has always been a bookworm and the use of language to paint pictures is his passion. To him the challenge in songwriting has always been to tell a short story in three and a half minutes. Tom Waits' comment; "Vocabulary is my instrument" has continued to be a signpost.
Joe has appeared on festival stages such as: Mariposa, South Country Fair, Islands Folk Festival, Burns Lake Bluegrass Festival and Coombs Bluegrass Festival.
In the late nineties Joe co-produced and hosted a short tv intervew/performance series for Shaw Cable to honor travelling singer/songwriters called "Canadian Songsmith" with guests like Fred Eaglesmith, David Essig, Bill Bourne, Pat Temple, Will Millar, Joe Hall and Diamond Joe White.
Every once in awhile you still see one of the segments pop up on some public channel.
He has just released his fifth album of alt country/folk oringinals. Have a listen at: joecharron.hearnow.com.
See you along the trail.
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