Charlie-McGee

Charlie McGee and the Formidable Vegetable Sound System

Phil Brommley, otherwise known as Brommers, writes about another course graduate, Charlie McGee, in his Home Brew Radio blog…

I thought I’d get away from it all and take a break from music and radio. I wanted to learn how to live more sustainably and I’d read and heard a lot about permaculture, so off I went to Nimbin to the Permaculture College Australia to undertake a Permaculture Design Certificate.

Twas much fun and very inspirational – enough to draw me back as a permanent in the community – but I still couldn’t escape the radio or the music.   Which I found I didn’t want to, after meeting Charlie McGee.

Charlie rocked up to one of our classes – a Cert III student (we were just doing a two week intensive course).

Everyone who knew this guy, cheered upon his arrival and demanded a song from him on his tiny round, ukulele.
Happy to oblige, Charlie sang one he’d just written – No Such Thing As Waste. He played it for the class who went OFF.

Luckily, our class had drawn quite a few media-heads to it and we had an independent film-maker in our class who captured our frolicking to Charlie’s latest. From there, they produced a fun little vid for the song which impressed the living b’jesus out of me.

It was probably a year later that I saw Charlie again in Nimbin. He’d just released a whole album under the name Formidable Vegetable Sound System, which he’d kindly sent me to preview. Permaculture: A Rhymer’s Manual.

Blown away by how fun, well-produced and marketed the album was, I cornered Charlie in NimFM (my new home station) and recorded an interview just prior to his international tour, which sadly due to our crappy old computer, got lost in the ether.

So it was with a great sense of joy that I found Charlie returned from world domination to Nimbin recently. Playing on the back of a ute in the main street, Charlie had honed his act to perfection as was obvious by the appreciative and ever-interested crowd he drew.

Finally, I cornered Charlie before his departure to Melbourne for another gig and got to chat in-depth with him about the funnerest home-brewed album of 2013.

Phil Brommley, Home Brew Radio

Listen to the fun podcasts of Brommer’s interview with Charlie