Raising the profile of teenage singing hopeful

Charlie Campbell
Charlie Campbell

A talented singer-songwriter is hoping to reach new heights after getting a manager with decades of experience in the music world.

Hartlepool musician Kev McGuire, who has played all over the country and shared the stage with bands such as Blur and Radiohead and is pals with Paul Weller, is hoping to use his experience to steer Charlie Campbell, a 19-year-old performer from Blackhall, to success.

Despite his young age, Charlie has been performing for years at local events and social clubs.

Now Kev is hoping to raise his profile after being impressed with Charlie’s material.

Kev, who played in bands Candyranch, the Style Selektors and Extra Specials, said: “He has done his apprenticeship, now he needs to get a higher profile.

“I just believe in him. He has got a bit of character and his songs have got something to say.

“He is only a teenager himself but some of his songs are about splitting up with girlfriends, teenage angst, love, politics in a small northern town and clean living under difficult circumstances.”

Charlie, who will play at the next March of the Mods in Hartlepool, recently performed at the Newcastle’s O2 Academy and is due to support From the Jam later this year.

And Kev is taking Charlie and his band with him to Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club next year. He added: “I am putting together a band with Gary Shail from Quadrophenia and Charlies band is going to play for the first half of the set.”

Kev has also sent a CD of Charlie’s music to Paul Weller to see if The Modfather can offer support or time in his recording studio.