Band of the Day

2015.01.17

Charity Children

Street grown ukulele driven indie folk that will melt even the most cynical hearts
You’ll have silver and bright gold castles and land, the jewels from the sand in the palm of your hand.
lyrics from Fare Thee Well

"We are hopelessly hopeful."

The tale of 'Charity Children' is not a typical band story - it is a chronicle as genuine, pure and as profoundly heartfelt as the music they produce - one which spans two years and sees the New Zealand lovers rising in a foreign city where they knew no one, to eventually becoming one of the most celebrated indie-folk bands playing in Berlin today.

Soon after Chloë Lewer and Elliott McKee fell in love making music, they embarked upon a musical odyssey to Germany where their street grown indie-folk very quickly became a Berlin institution - their music becoming a soundtrack to the vibrant but wounded city. Enchanting large audiences with their endearing style, raw energy and miraculous vocals, the pair would roam the city, every day, sending their melodies flying through Berlin's streets and smoky bars. Their ukulele driven sound has the ability to disarm the most robust cynic, reminding those who listen of the necessary place of idealism in a less than ideal world.

‘The Autumn Came’ represents a selection of songs written and performed over the pair‘s first summer in Berlin and, moving inside, recorded over their first European winter. Collaborating with some of Berlin's finest session musicians and producer Nigel Braddock who discovered them busking on the street, they transfer their distinctive street-folk sound into the studio, the arrangements expanding to feature an orchestra of horns, strings, percussion and even a childrens’ choir, all without losing the appealing innocence and sincerity which would often stop passersby in their tracks on the streets of Berlin.

The debut album lasts just 33 minutes, but in that time ‘Charity Children’ take you on a journey from despair and alienation to one of joy and wonder and perhaps ultimately leaving you too, like them, feeling "hopelessly hopeful".