Charlie Straw has been busy.
To celebrate the release of his debut track St Ives, the 22-year-old singer-songwriter sofa-surfed his way from Edinburgh to St Ives, playing 30 live shows in 30 days. Venues included HM Wealstun prison, a barn, village hall, a sold-out debut show in London – and it all got captured on film. The final result is The Road To St. Ives, a mini documentary featuring all of the trials and tribulations of the crazy, month-long tour.
“For years I’ve watched tour films of my favourite artists, directed by legends like Emmet Malloy, and it was great to make our own,” explains Charlie.
“I figured we wouldn’t be able to tell the story of the tour effectively using just pictures as we were aiming to do so many different things with the tour. Ali Webb is an old friend and I knew he had filmed a road trip before so I got in touch to see if he’d be interested in filming the tour. Kindly, he said yes.”
“There have been longer tours and ones with more dates, but towards the end it became a challenge as there were a lot of nights spent sleeping in student lounges, surrounded by the night’s beer cans and fag buts. It certainly became a challenge not to get ill.”
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Words by Niall Flynn