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The band was formed by former advertising man Charlie Mear who has been described as a man who had it all, lost it all, and now doesn’t want it back! 


He started writing songs in 2019 as a way to make sense of a seven-year period of personal tragedies and often bizarre experiences.


Now with life back on track the band has gone from strength to strength and already have a growing following picked up by regularly playing the east coast festival circuit. They won the 2021 Ely Folk Festival competition and were runners up in the 2023 Cambridge Band competition.


Making comparisons with other well known bands is always tricky, but listeners often reference Turin Brakes, Del Amitri, Squeeze, REM and Crowded House. Indeed, one reviewer described their song ‘Falling star’ as the best Crowded House song not written by Neil Finn!


But forget comparisons. The best way to get to know This Circus Life is simply to immerse yourself in their music.

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This Circus Life are:

Charlie Mear: Vocals

Jerome Cacace: Keyboards 

Joe Faulkner: Guitars

Toby Bull: Trumpet, Bass Guitar

Ben Mear: Drums & Percussion



Mark Chesterman

Rebecca Gillett

Dan Wilde


And sometimes with

John Bennett


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