Q&A: Noah and the Whale’s Charlie Fink


Charlie Fink is the former front man of Noah and the Whale, the band best known for tunes that never leave your head like L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N and 5 years time.

Now the songwriter and lyricist is touring in his own theatre show featuring new music. ‘Cover My Tracks’ tells the tale of an idealistic young songwriter attempting to write a 21st century pop masterpiece, who suddenly vanishes without a trace.

Written by multi-award winning playwright David Greig and directed by Max Webster this unique production intertwining music and theatre is set to captivate Salford audiences Thu 14 – Sat 16 Sept.

We wanted to know more about the man behind the show, so before Charlie arrives at The Lowry, we got in touch for a speedy Q&A.

What can we expect from Cover My Tracks?
Cover My Tracks is an evening of music and storytelling, a mix of a live gig and a
modern folk tale. It’s me and an amazing actor, Rona Morison, and we tell you the
story of an idealistic young musician who sets out to write a modern masterpiece
and disappears without a trace. The songs from the show make up my new album of
the same title.

What was the song that first awakened your musical senses?
Barbara Ann by The Beach Boys.

Physical or digital – how do you take your music?
Music box. Preferably with a ballerina on top.

The first time you thought ‘Music – this is the job for me?’
I’m hoping that day will come soon.

Your best on stage memory?
Playing Joseph in my nursery nativity play. Its been downhill ever since.

What made you take up singing?
No one else would sing my songs.

Which one song by another artist do you wish you had written?
Gangnam Style.

And one – by yourself – which holds special significance?
Everything on Cover My Tracks.

Are there any current influences you look to?
Barrack, RuPaul, Yeezy.

If you could step into the shoes of another musician, living or dead, who would it be and what would you do?
Neil Young on the cover of ‘Everybody’s Rockin’ – those are some great shoes.
Probably go to the disco, show off my shoes.


Cover My Tracks comes to The Lowry Thu 14 – Sat 16 September 2017. For more information visit the website or call box office on 0843 208 6000.