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Charlotte Hatherley

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London, England (2004 – present)

Charlotte Hatherley (born 20 June 1979, London, England) is an English guitarist and singer-songwriter. She is also known as the former guitarist and backing vocalist in the rock band Ash. Currently she’s performing under the alias Sylver Tongue.

Before her days in Ash, Hatherley was playing in the obscure punk rock band, Nightnurse, from the age of 16. They received moderate success, and Ash frontman Tim Wheeler was present at one of their gigs. She was later recruited as the fourth and final member. Her first album with the group was 1998s Nu Clear Sounds where she provided lead guitar for all tracks and also wrote the song Wildsurf which appears on the album.

Apart from this, Hatherley mainly contributed to Ash with soulful guitar and some backing vocals, co-writing the odd song with Wheeler. The title track from Hatherley’s first solo album, Grey Will Fade had previously been featured as a B-side to one of Ash’s singles. The rest of the band had liked the song, yet felt it wasn’t consistent with Ash’s sound, and supported Hatherley when she decided to record her own album. This debut album, relased in 2004, has more than proved her songwriting ability. The three singles, Bastardo, Kim Wilde and Summer all received high praise from critics, as well as the album itself.

The videos to the tracks Bastardo and Summer were directed by her ex-boyfriend, Edgar Wright, who is best known as the director of the film “Shaun Of The Dead”, which incidentally featured two tracks from Ash’s fourth album proper Meltdown, the title track and Orpheus.

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