Charles has won first place in every major banjo contest in the US including the 1998 Merlefest Banjo Contest in Wilkesboro North Carolina, the 2004 SC State Banjo Contest (Renofest), the 2005 Rockygrass banjo contest in Lyons, Colorado, and in 1999 the prestigious Winfield National Banjo Contest in Winfield, Kansas.
Charles was recently invited by the actor Steve Martin, an accomplished banjo player himself, to perform with him and the legendary Earl Scruggs as part of Martin's group "Men With Banjos Who Know How To Use Them" at the prestigious New Yorker Festival in New York City in Sept 2005. Charles also made an appearance with this group on The Late Show With David Letterman on September 21st 2005. Also, in October Charles performed for sold out audiences in the play Foxfire at The Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock NC.
Charles Wood currently performs with several bands including Curtis Balckwell And The Dixie Bluegrass Boys and The Wild Hog Band. Other recent venues include performances at The Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC, Brevard Music Center, The Brooks Center at Clemson University, and various regional and national Bluegrass festivals.
Charles recently completed a new cd entitled "Tour de Banjo" (released October 2005). His other two cds are "Somewhere Over The Banjo" and a Christmas cd "Banjo Noel". These recordings encompass many styles of playing and show the versatility of the 5-String banjo.
Charles Wood captivates audiences and achieves what few banjo players today do- a purely unique, versatile, professional sound. He is a musician with both the personality and vitality to capture the attention and praise of even the most elite audience. With every performance he seizes the devotion of new fans and rises above the expectations of old ones. He is a musician whose music will endure.
For more information visit www.charleswoodbanjo.com
Check out the artist's website:
1. Flight Of The Bumblebee
2. Clinch Mountain Backstep
3. Danny Boy
4. Train 45
5. Prelude From Partita No. 3 For Solo Violin
6. Green Mountain Hop
7. Star Spangled Banner
8. Wild Fiddler's Rag
9. The Blue Wall
10. El Cumbanchero
11. Rondo Alla Turca (Turkish March)
12. Bonaparte's Retreat
13. What A Wonderful World