Charlie Burchill

Charlie Burchill
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Charlie Burchill in 2015
Background information
Birth nameCharles Burchill
Born (1959-11-27) 27 November 1959 (age 59)
OriginGlasgow, Scotland
GenresRock, post-punk, new wave, pop rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, keyboard, violin, mandolin, saxophone, percussion, vocals
Years active1977–present
Associated actsSimple Minds

Charles "Charlie" Burchill (born 27 November 1959 in Glasgow)[1] is a Scottish musician and composer, best known as the guitarist of Simple Minds. He was one of the founders of the group.[2]


During Simple Minds' early to mid-1980s period, Burchill's guitar had a distinctive and atmospheric sound not dissimilar to Echo & the Bunnymen's Will Sergeant. Making heavy use of effects such as delay and chorus, his playing often provided subtle textures behind the band's more drum- and bass-propelled songs. This style was most apparent on 1982's New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84).[3] From 1983's album Sparkle in the Rain onwards the group evolved a different style, bringing Burchill's playing more into the foreground.[4]

As well as providing guitar, Burchill played the violin and saxophone on the band's first three studio albums and took over most studio keyboard duties following the 1989 departure of Mick MacNeil. Along with singer Jim Kerr, he is the only original member of the band left.



Burchill is a passionate football fan and a devout supporter of Celtic F.C.[5]

His nephew is football manager and former player Mark Burchill[6]


  1. ^ Cornwell, Simon. "dream giver redux - people - charlie burchill".
  2. ^ Cornwell, Simon. "dream giver redux - family tree - simple minds #1".
  3. ^ Simple Minds: New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone
  4. ^ allmusic ((( Sparkle in the Rain > Overview )))
  5. ^ "Clockwatch: Dunf'mline 0-1 Celtic". 26 May 2007 – via
  6. ^ "The Scottish Sun". The Scottish Sun.

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