Propellor is a cross-genre ensemble with an ambitious vision.

Soloists, writers and ensemble players have come together from a diverse range of backgrounds to create immersive live experiences through combined art forms.

Charlie Wildfiddle

Charlie Wild is one of the Uk’s most individual and arresting violin and folk fiddle players. Currently based near Birmingham, she grew up surrounded by music in Hampshire, where her passion for fiddle playing began studying with Joyce Ingledew (Bursledon Village Band) at school. She went on to study at South Downs College under Devorina Gamalova and later completed a BMus Hons at Birmingham Conservatoire. During her time at the Birmingham Conservatoire she toured extensively with the Conservatoire Folk Ensemble led by Joe Broughton. She continued her studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) where she gained a postgraduate diploma with distinction in traditional scottish fiddle playing, studying with Alistair McCulloch and Pete Clark.

She has performed all over the country, also touring in the USA and Europe at award winning folk festivals, clubs, art centres and for radio programmes with guitarist and songwriter Jack McNeill. As a duo the pair were finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards and have released four successful albums of entirely self-penned material on Fellside and Transition Records. Their music takes inspiration from all folk traditions and has received excellent reviews in respected magazines and newspapers including The Sunday Times and The Telegraph. McNeill and Heys’ fourth album 'Any Other Morning' was recorded up in Scotland with producer Calum Malcolm (Linn Records).

Charlie performs regularly as a solo artist, releasing her first solo album in 2017. With The Fair Rain (previously The Old Dance School), M. G. Boulter and her folk quartet The Froe alongside Helen Lancaster, Ruth Angell and Emma Capp. She has toured with The Urban Folk Quartet and worked with Nick Drake’s producer Joe Boyd and arranger Robert Kirby for a performance in Birmingham Town Hall alongside Beth Orton, Graham Coxon and Martha Wainwright. She has also worked with George Martin, for an evening of Beatles music performed at the Guildhall School of Music. Whilst living in Scotland she enjoyed working with Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain, Seth Lakeman, Mike McGoldrick and played for the BBC and Scottish National Theatre. She is in demand as a session musician and has recorded with many different artists.