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Charlie Winston fires the Opéra Garnier

5 July 2019 - 11h30

The British singer opened the Monte-Carlo Summer Festival last night at the Monte-Carlo Opera in front of a euphoric audience, ten years after his famous single Like a Hobo.

It was under the applause that the artist entered the stage under the music of Another Trigger, a suggestive title of his album Curio City in 2015, followed by the hits from his latest album Square 1. Acclaimed by the audience in a warm atmosphere, Charlie Winston changes his cap and offers a piano solo while telling the story behind each song, to the delight of the fans. “I wanted to quit music a few years ago, but health problems concerning my son and I avoided this. This experience has taught me that failure can be more rewarding than a victory. In this way, we fall only to rise again”, says the artist. Then, the long awaited moment arrives when Like a Hobo resonates in the hall. Because at that very moment, the voice of Charlie Winston and those of the audience merged, the time of a song. Moved after hearing the crowd humming his titles, Charlie Winston thanks his audience and leaves, hat in hand. “Merci pour cette soirée”, the singer shouts, in impeccable French.

The man behind the hat

Discovered in 2009 with the hit Like a Hobo, the hat dandy and showman makes a fresh start with his latest album Square 1, a record where multiple Indian and African influences mix, notably by the presence of Malian Toumani Diabaté. Three years of silence since the release of Curio City were necessary for the achievement of this more personal album, while the artist had chosen to stop everything, convinced that his love affair with music was over. In this new opus Charlie Winston shines a new light on the recurring themes of his albums, from the art of living to more committed subjects such as that of political refugees or his personal experiences.

Daniela Guerra

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