Charlie Tophill was raised in the penny arcades of a stony-beached seaside town in Kent. It was in this salty backwater that she first began singing for shrapnel and playing guitar for pennies.
After following the bright lights to North Yorkshire, she performed and toured with several bands - The Smoking Years, The Sam Griffiths Band and Curtis Eller's American Circus - before returning to her solo roots.
Now Charlie performs her quirky brand of indie-pop with charm and humour, strumming out cheerful pessimism on an acoustic guitar. Her songs vacillate between light-hearted observation and intense feeling; catchy melodies and lyrically erudite songs delivered with honesty and warmth.