Charlie Roby

“Ramble & Scuffle”, by Charlie Roby, is a milestone for this roots/world music artist, and his 3rd independent CD to date. A multi-instrumentalist, Charlie took on a room full of guitars, bouzouki, and mandolin and combined them with ambient effects, percussion, rhythm section, vocalists, hurdy gurdy, and more, to create a mystical journey through music and lyrics.  Places throughout the world, in this time and in days gone by, are experienced through the artist’s eyes and memories. African, celtic, ambient, folk, and rock are among the musical influences that are presented in Charlie’s unique way.

Yorkshire Shuffle

What the press says about, “Ramble & Scuffle”



“...globally inspired, Ramble & Scuffle is a brave album... Best track, Yorkshire Shuffle, is affectionate roots rock of pedigree.”


Classic Rock Newswire  

Charlie Roby has produced a satisfying collection of tunes that range from the jaunty ‘Yorkshire Shuffle’ through to the blissful ‘Cinnamon Road’. Nicely played and produced and you certainly get variety. Enjoyable and one to play to unwind. ***


Wigan Evening Post

“Ramble and Scuffle as an eclectic album, a result of his passion for a variety of sounds and styles. His style convenes the music from his youth – English folk music, roots rock and songs worldwide – as well as an instrumental diversity that give his songs a distinctive feeling”.


Canadian Embassy Artsnews  

“In his new album,  Ramble and Scuffle, Toronto-based guitarist and songwriter, Charlie Roby combines English folk, roots rock and world music. Roby's songs reflect his passion for a wide range of sounds infused in his own indefinable way”.


Penguin Eggs  

“...a guitar player and a good one at that. He is equally at home on acoustic or electric and the influences of his heroes (such as Martin Simpson and Richard Thompson) are evident in his playing. His backing players fit in really well and create a great musical backdrop for the songs.”


Classic Rock Society  

“A very pleasant album of inventive rootsyrock”



“Charlie Roby’s heritage is impressive. Roby is a great instrumentalist & a tune in his hand is safe enough.”  3 stars


Folkcast  -  UK’s premier folk magazine podcast

"These days he lives in Canada from where he's released his excellent new album Ramble and Scuffle. Cinnamon Road is the opening track, but they're all equally good."


Blackpool Gazette  “Guitar playing influences from Dave Graham & he goes much further than that with Indian & African influences. Lyrically he is as much at home with memories of walking on the hills in Northern England as he is strolling the beaches of New Brunswick. Some good collaborations from roots music colleagues too”.

Rock'n'Reel - roots, rock, blues and beyond May/June 2007  Charlie Roby was born in Wigan and lives and records in Toronto and if you think that makes him difficult to pigeonhole, you're not wrong. He is a virtuoso guitar player and also plays bouzouki, autoharp and synth whistle. Charlie's guests decorate his songs with all manner of instruments and programmed effects, from viola to harmonica and every kind of percussion you've ever heard of. 'Twelve Went Down', for example, combines fiddle and banjo with Ebow guitar and vielle à roue (that's hurdy gurdy to you and me) to remarkable effect.


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