Peterborough music community mourns the sudden death of Charlie Earle

33-year-old musician and artist was known for her powerhouse vocals

Charlene "Charlie" Earle performing with her quartet Little Fire in April 2014 at the former Barbeside Salon, with Aaron Cavon on bass and Dave Tough on guitar (not shown: Brandon Root on drums). Earle passed away on July 19, 2019 at the age of 33. (Photo: Esther Vincent / evmustang.ca)
Charlene "Charlie" Earle performing with her quartet Little Fire in April 2014 at the former Barbeside Salon, with Aaron Cavon on bass and Dave Tough on guitar (not shown: Brandon Root on drums). Earle passed away on July 19, 2019 at the age of 33. (Photo: Esther Vincent / evmustang.ca)

Peterborough musician and artist Charlene Earle passed away suddenly on Friday (July 19), kawarthaNOW has learned. She was 33 years old.

Earle, who performed as Charlie Earle and Charlie Maine and was known as Chuck by her friends, had just played at the Historic Red Dog Tavern in downtown Peterborough the previous evening, as part of the Weber Brothers’ WE Thursdays concert series.

In 2012, Earle moved from Toronto to Peterborough, where she performed as a vocalist and well as working as a bartender at The Garnet.

Charlie Earle with Aaron Cavon, Brandon Root, and David Tough in Little Fire, which performed in 2013 and 2014. (Photo: Little Fire / bandcamp.com)
Charlie Earle with Aaron Cavon, Brandon Root, and David Tough in Little Fire, which performed in 2013 and 2014. (Photo: Little Fire / bandcamp.com)

As a musician, Earle was known for her powerhouse vocals in the style of Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and Tina Turner.

She sang backup vocals with Beau Dixon’s band Slips & The High Fives and, from 2013 to 2014, was the lead vocalist in the band Little Fire along with Dave Tough on guitar, Aaron Cavon on bass, and Brandon Root on drums.

More recently, she performed with local musicians including the Weber Brothers, Rob Phillips, Pat Temple and the Hilo Players, and others.

VIDEO: “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James performed by Charlie Earle

Earle had recently formed a new “modwave” band called Nudge, with Erika Nininger, Will Dobbin, Rick Sloukji, and Brandon Root.

She was also an artist, who painted in acrylic.

Her work was featured publicly for the first time on March 1st this year during “Celebrating Black Arts Vol II”, a First Friday Art Crawl event at the Historic Red Dog for Black History Month.

A work in acrylic on canvas by Charlene "Charlie" Earle. Her work was featured in March during an event celebrating Black History Month. (Photo: Charlie Earle / Facebook)
A work in acrylic on canvas by Charlene “Charlie” Earle. Her work was featured in March during an event celebrating Black History Month. (Photo: Charlie Earle / Facebook)

As word spread on social media of Earle’s death, her friends and fellow musicians expressed their shock and sorrow.

Here are a few samples of public posts on Facebook, including this moving tribute by The Weber Brothers:

You ever look at a diamond? Seen it’s brilliance radiate within and rush outward, dazzling and hypnotizing the eye?…

Posted by The Weber Brothers on Sunday, July 21, 2019

I am devastated and still a bit stunned that we lost Charlie Earle (Maine), a funny and kind person and a fantastic…

Posted by David Tough on Saturday, July 20, 2019

My heart broke today. I don't have the right words but so, so much love. And too many conversations, plans and schemes. There was so much music left to make. Let people know you love them always. Always.

Posted by Matt Greco on Saturday, July 20, 2019

I love you Charlie. My heart is broken.

Posted by Alan Black on Saturday, July 20, 2019

Peterborough lost a good one. My love to all grieving. My phone is on, my door is open. Hold your people close. Go to the angels, Chuck. 💔

Posted by Sean Conway on Saturday, July 20, 2019

Still in shock over the tragic passing of Charlie Earle. She will be deeply missed by many in our community. She was an…

Posted by Evangeline Gentle on Sunday, July 21, 2019

Our music scene will never be the same.
Rest easy Charlie ❤️

Posted by Hillary Iris on Sunday, July 21, 2019

Charlie Earle posted this photo on Facebook page on her 33rd birthday this past April. (Photo: Charlie Earle / Facebook)
Charlie Earle posted this photo on Facebook page on her 33rd birthday this past April. (Photo: Charlie Earle / Facebook)

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