Formed in 2016, Cheree Martin and Dave Hughes are Charlie’s Attic, a duo who bring together their country, rock, folk, blues and even classical influences in a melting pot of Americana and alternative country.
Originally hailing from the small country town of Boorowa in NSW, there are very few country songs that Cheree doesn’t know, and very few occasions when she performs that the audience is not captivated by a voice that sounds equal parts Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss.
Equally at home on an acoustic, electric and slide guitar, or even mandolin, Dave was trained from a young age in classical guitar, but drew most of his early inspiration as a guitarist from the great Australian pub rock bands that frequently paid his home town of Newcastle a visit in the 1980s and 1990s.
Cheree and Dave spent many years gaining a reputation on the Canberra music scene as two of the most talented and professional entertainers in the local region. However, it wasn’t until around 2015 that the couple decided to try their hand at session work on original music projects, and it was during this period that they realised that they had something to offer as creators of original music, particularly in drawing on their vast musical experience.
“To be honest once we started to write and record, and gained confidence from how well our songs came together, we wondered why it had taken us so long to try our hand at it!’
Releasing their debut album, ‘Always Near’ in 2017, Charlie’s Attic received recognition from the Tamworth Songwriters’ Association (TSA) reaching the semi-finals of the 2021 TSA Songwriters’ Awards in the Country Ballad Category for their song ‘Never Too Old’, and in the New Songwriter Category for Nanna’s House.