Band is: Brian Kenneally: Guitar, Vox Pat Kenneally: Keyboards, Vox Greg Myles: Drums, Vox Andy Scoffin: Guitar, Vox Mick Overy/Spencer Cullum: Bass
Cosmic Charlies Biography 2000
Formed in 1988 in celebration of the Grateful Dead, the band has played well over a 1200 gigs up & down the country, as well as Europe. We have played many festivals including the Glastonbury festival 3 times and hope to play this year.We also played Mathews Street Festival last year, which is the annual Beatles Fest in Liverpool, which had Ken Kesey and Merry Pranksters in attendance. We toured with Merl Saunders, former keyboard player with the Jerry Garcia band, and sometime member of the Grateful Dead on his 1994 Europe tour,.as his backing band .We play regularly on the European club circuit, and get invited to play at the many Deadhead gatherings in Germany and Switzerland throughout the year. We have supported the West Coast legends Jefferson Starship on their 1995 London gig and other named bands, such as Man. The line up is a 5 piece at present but we do have people guesting from time to time. The songs we cover span the entire output of the Grateful Dead. Songs such as Scarlet begonias, Eyes of the world, Terrapin Station are always crowd favourites. On rare occasions Darkstar is unleashed. We also cover songs that the Dead covered such as Hard to Handle, Viola Lee blues, Cold rain and snow, Dancin’ in the street. We give people the opportunity to hear the type of music which is usually ignored. Since the demise of the Dead, there is a renewed interest in the band, especially among young people and this has been reflected in the audiences at Charlies shows. Americans either studying or visiting always come and see our shows and seem amazed that there is a thriving Deadhead scene in the U.K. There is always a friendly atmosphere and ample opportunity to show of your dancing skills So 12 years down the golden road to unlimited devotion we keep on growing.
This is what Record Collector wrote about us on our support slot with JS
COSMIC CHARLIES/JEFFERSON STARSHIP
A Grateful Dead tribute band? Surely not.
Yup. That's what several hundred West Coast enthusiasts were greeted with when they turned up to pay homage to one-half of the Dead's acid-rock contemporaries. Jefferson Airplane (now masquerading as Jefferson Starship). And the bays from the Home Counties weren’t half bad.
Wisely eschewing the tendency to 'step into character' (i.e. Pigpen's leathers, Weir's ponytail, Garcia's face-furniture), the Cosmic Charlies let the music do the talking; they're a tribute band in the true sense of the word, not a doppelganger outfit.
That means you don't get note.perfect renditions of songs like "Scarlet Begonias" "Sugaree" or "Terrapin Station" - but you do get a splendid approximation of a Dead-like musical journey, complete with spacy improvisations that - eyes closed - are amazingly convincing. Once in a while, we even get the authentic off-key harmonies.
Garcia wasn't forgotten during Jefferson Starship's set either, Marty Balm dedicating a rarely-aired "Comin' Back To Me" "to Jerry" (who played on the original). It was a touching moment in a set blighted with sound problems (more apparent to Kantner and Balin than to the audience, who quite rightly demanded "more bass" from the highly animated Jack Casady).
If Casady was the clown, then Marty Balin was the consummate entertainer, and Paul Kantner the irascible architect of a ship that's ever going down - but doing so with considerable style and bite. The inclusion of "Have You Seen The Saucers" in a set stuffed with admirably performed classics was a particular treat.
But you get the feeling that if the band come over one more time, they really ought to bow out properly: with their other half - Grace Slick, Spencer Dryden and Jorma Kaukonen - and with a light show that truly befits their psychedelic pedigree.
Their expertise is remarkable..........
It all comes flooding back.........
The fine English Dead cover band, the Cosmic Charlies, played to a sold-out crowd at Amsterdam’s Last Waterhole just as they had on previous Phish visits. The band pumped up the heads with an outstanding take on the Dead’s Eyes of the world and a version of The Other One that interpolated Phish’s Stash ito the jam.
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