of the 2021

Ely Folk Fest

Band Competition


This Circus Life were formed in 2019 by songwriter Charlie Mear.


Charlie spent much of the 80’s and early 90’s playing bass in a series of bands that came close to success, but that ultimately failed to break. Tired of being broke he entered the advertising industry and went on to work all over the world with brands including Sony Pictures, the BBC, MTV, The Chart Show, Budweiser and Heineken in a career that even included a two-year period producing music-fitness TV shows in India.


He then entered a painful seven-year period where he experienced the devastating loss of two family members, the end of his marriage, the loss of his home and then becoming virtually bankrupt after his Advertising Agency went bust.  


But more was still to come. In the middle of all this tragedy life got a whole lot stranger as he became involved in a series of misadventures that saw him running a covert mission to Spain disguised as a 70’s rock star, spending the night in a disused theatre in Moscow, flying to New York and getting romantically involved with a former model, changing his identity after receiving threats from an armed ex-con and deciding to take up stand-up comedy but getting booed off stage at The Comedy Store after less than a minute. 


The final straw came when his bicycle (his only form of transport at the time) was stolen and he was forced to walk six, dark miles home in the rain. That dark night of the soul led to the epiphany that music, as it had always been, was the answer and the idea for This Circus Life was born.


The band’s debut album – The Better Angels of Our Nature - was released in December 2019 and their latest album – The Vast And Endless Sea is out now. The band are currently in the studio working on their third album due for release in the fall (That's autumn to you and me!)

Two funerals, one marriage, two divorces, bankruptcy, threats of violence, a chase across Spain, an ill-fated trip to New York, a stolen bicycle and quality time with an old bass guitar.  


This really is the circus life! 

This Circus Life are:

Charlie Mear: Vocals

Jerome Cacace: Keyboards & Backing vocals

John Bennett: Electric, Acoustic, Bass Guitar & Backing vocals

Joe Faulkner: Guitars

Toby Bull: Trumpet, Banjo, Bass Guitar

Mark Chesterman: Drums & Percussion

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