Born at Windsor, NSW. Began
playing the guitar at age 15.
As Charley’s guitar playing
improved he started performing for church groups playing and
singing traditional Country and Bluegrass Gospel music.
Charley started performing with a good friend, Bruce O’Hara
and soon after, this combo became known as Country Sound.
They released a few albums and cassettes. Country Sound was
one of the first gospel bands to perform and record at the
Sydney Opera House.
Recorded some shows for Christian
1975 – Approached by Slim Dusty
to join his touring show. He toured and recorded with Slim
for 20 years.
1990 - Invited to join the
"Legends Of Guitar" with Barry Thornton and Lindsay Butler.
1993 –Inducted into the Hands of
Fame, Tamworth NSW.
on live concerts and was a guest on Jenny Seaton's Breakfast
Show on Channel 7.
1996 - Tamworth Festival saw the
release of the "Legends Of Guitar" album with Lindsay Butler
and Barry Thornton on Selection Records.
Tour with Barry Thornton and Lindsay Butler and the
Gunbarrell Highwaymen, Terry Gordon, Owen Blundell and Reg
Poole. He also toured Hermannsburg,
with Barry Thornton and Shorty Ranger.
1997 - He recorded a duet album
of short verse recitals with good mate Kelly Dixon.
2006 - The release of Charley’s
third album “Play Charley” recorded at Kross Kut Records. So
far it has won Tasmanian / New Zealand Instrumental of the
Year, Australian Country Recording Awards Instrumental of
the Year, NSW Gold Medallion and Gidgee Coal Award
Instrumental of the Year.
2011 - Awarded the Medal of
the Order of Australia for
service to the performing arts as a country music
Charley has played guitar for
many years with Gordon Parsons and Glenn Jones and also
backed Stan Coster, Tracy Coster, Trevor Day, Jimmy Little,
Reg Lindsay, Nev Nichols, Buster Noble, Chad Morgan, Anne
Kirkpatrick, Joy McKean, Heather McKean, Brian Letton, Reg
Poole, Terry Gordon, Owen Blundell, James Blundell, Ian
Betteridge, Harold Williams, Rex Dallas, Shaza Leigh, Ivy
Sommerfield, and many others.
Charley has also appeared in New
Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea (with Slim Dusty), Solomon
Islands (with Slim Dusty), Los Angeles, China Lake Marine
Base California Nashville USA.