Charlotte Thistle

Following an ankle injury when she was 22 years old, Charlotte Thistle was unable to meet the physical demands of a professional dance career and instead turned to music as her creative outlet.

The young Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist has spent the past decade touring throughout North America, playing at coffee houses, taverns and on festival stages. She has released two acoustic folk albums, "A Girl With a Guitar" in 2005 and, more recently, "Wild Wind" in 2010.

Thistle's 16-stop solo "Wild Wind" tour will traverse five states and end with a final performance in her hometown of London, Ontario.

But not before she makes a stop in Ashland, where she will perform at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, at Evo's Coffee Lounge, 376 E. Main St.

Following high school, Thistle pursued dance diligently and enrolled in a professional dance training program under the tutelage of Constantine Darling, a former soloist with Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal. When it became apparent that her injury would hinder her dance studies, Thistle was devastated but shifted her enthusiasm toward music.

In 1998, she decided to take a North American road trip and booked a few gigs along the way. Since that first unofficial tour, Thistle has continued touring and now teaches guitar full time, as well.

Besides Thistle and her guitar, "Wild Wind" features the skillful instrumentation of Jesse Janke on drums, Andy Short on bass, Rose Darke on fiddle and Russ Johnson on harmonica.

For more information about Thistle or her show at Evo's, see or call 541-482-2261.

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