Li'l Chuck the One Man Skiffle MachineUK/NZ
15 - 31 Jan
WherePlymouth Lane Busking Pitch
15 - 31 Jan
Multi-instrumentalist David Thorpe aka Li'l Chuck the One Man Skiffle Machine is a true one-man-band, proving that men can in-fact multitask.
Having spent a lifetime rummaging through the drawers of 1930's - 50's music, Chuck’s mostly original songs are inspired by the sounds of the era - Blues, Early Jazz, Western Swing, Ragtime etc. and are uniquely presented in the style of street performers from those glory days. Sticking to the traditional one man band format, Chuck plays all the instruments simultaneously.
Captivating story telling intertwines effortlessly with heart stopping harmonica & multiple guitar styles underpinned by his left and right feet frantically pounding the kick and hi hat. The listener is left simply wondering, "How the hell does he do that"?
Originally hailing from the UK, Li'l Chuck first stomped out his music in Christchurch, New Zealand after relocating in 2003.
Li'l Chuck has performed at may high profile events around New Zealand. He recently played support for American legend Jimmy Buffet and Bluesman 'Blind Boy' Paxton, The Topp Twins and was the feature artist on Jesse Mulligan's RNZ Friday live.
In an age where we are rushing around at breakneck speed, where everything is instant, sugar coated, airbrushed and overly polished, Li’l Chuck brings us down to earth with some organic, all natural, whole grain, naked goodness.
"Stunning vocal stunning harmonica and acoustic guitar that needs no window dressing" - Blues matters magazine (UK)
"A true multi-instrumentalist & multi-tasker in addition to a talented artist" - No Depression Magazine (USA)
"Li'l Chuck combines almost every element of pure joy" ★★★★1/2 - NZ Listener
"Sublime harp and heartfelt vocals leave the listener wanting more" - Blues matters magazine (UK)