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Memories of America

by Charlie Jefferson

An atmospheric and emotionally charged exploration of minimalist Americana, inspired by memories of travelling through America's vast landscapes.

Vocal textures: Edwina Hayes

Violin: Danny Hart

Guitar, mandolin, ukulele, keys, electronics, bass & drums: Charlie Jefferson

Producer: Charlie Jefferson

Read an interview with Charlie about 'Memories Of America' conducted by Audio Network.


Selected Credits


'A Week in the Wild' - BBC

'Great Continental Railway Journeys' - BBC

'Scotland's Treasures' - BBC

'Wildest Europe' - Animal Planet

'A Shepherd's Life' Wlodek Markovicz, Youtube

'Inside The Merchant' - BBC

'The One Show' - BBC

'Living Black' - Australian Films

'Long Lost Family' - Canadian Films

'A Vos Risques Et Peril' - Canadian Films

'Weediquette' - History Channel, USA

'Izzie Suttie's The Things We Do For Love' - Fuzz Productions

'Passport To Murder' - SKY Vision

'Burma's Secret Jungle' - BBC 2/ Arrow Media

'Brendan O'Carroll: My Family At War' - BBC

'Countryfile' - BBC

'Terra Firma' - Sigma Films/ Film 4

'The Enfield Hauntings' - Sky Living

'Jon Snow's Hidden Iraq' - Channel 4

'The Sun' - BBC

'One New Message' - Sigma Films

Dispatches - Channel 4

'Jon Snow's American Journey' - Channel 4

'The Moon' - BBC

'Panorama Special: Taking on the Taliban' - BBC One (RTS nominated, Best Factual)

'Future of Food' - BBC (RTS Winner, Best Factual)

Charlie is a very talented composer who delivered some evocative and beautiful music in a wide range of styles for ‘Future of Food’ a BBC2 series looking at food production around the world.
— Gareth Williams, Series Producer, BBC
THE SCORE…sounds GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for putting that all together so last minute! You’re a music making wizard genius man!
— Jessica Ashman, BAFTA award winning animator
Just a quick note to say a huge thank you for doing such a fantastic job with the music for our film. You have mastered this beautifully and perfectly. We could not be happier! Thanks again and best wishes from Africa.
— Claudia Stuart, Co-founder – Director | Bushtops
Charlie, just watched it back and couldn’t be happier. You’ve bloody nailed it sir. What a privilege to see it come together like that!
— Gordon Napier - Film Director
Charlie is a very talented and versatile composer but just as importantly, a true professional. When you find someone like Charlie on your team you make sure to keep him there!
— Martin Glegg - Creative Director, Wallop




Charlie's subtle and emotive music has been much in demand in the field of film, television and media in recent years.

Growing up with an obsession for The Beatles' producer George Martin, his early schooling as a classical guitarist soon became enmeshed with a passion for making experimental recordings using the four track tape machines and the primitive samplers that were available in his teens.

His time at the University of Glasgow in the late 90's only served to pour fuel on the flames and Charlie began collaborating with trip hop music producers and turntablists and playing live in Glasgow's infamous night clubs, supporting artists like Jazzanova, Optimo, Mungo's Hifi and iconic dub producer Lee "Scratch" Perry. 

All the while he was learning more and more about experimental composition and music production and by 2005 settled into a quieter life, beginning to work professionally as a media composer after being approached by a BBC producer to score natural history documentaries. Recognised as a talented media composer, he soon began to build up a body of work for further award winning documentaries and dramas, whilst also turning his hand to media work, most notably creating the identity music for the Comedy Central channel in the UK.

Over a decade down the line and Charlie continues to work as a soundtrack artist, though he now enjoys a more collaborative, cerebral and artistic approach when working with directors. His most recent work demonstrates his maturity as a composer, striking a balance of experimental, minimal electronic elements and the melodic classical and folk instruments he has played all of his life. The result is music that is deeply atmospheric and truly idiosyncratic. His next release 'For The Silent Ones' is due for release late 2017.

Charlie lives just outside of Edinburgh in the beautiful countryside of East Lothian, Scotland.



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Director: Włodek Markowicz

Music: Charlie Jefferson


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