Inspired by place and history, Charlie's music is both personal and social-lighting up forgotten stories, jugglings of sound and soul. Having apprenticed himself to Irish traditional music two decades ago, he comes from that deep well of strength with something of his own devising. In that vein, "Where Splendour Falls" (2016, on vinyl and digital formats) took his native Killarney as a basis, using both Gaelic and English stores of thought. The sounds he make straddle the land between innovation and tradition. His newest album "Fire and Foam" will be the first one not informed in any obvious way by Irish trad. roots. The first single from Fire and Foam was released in October 2021, the album will be brought into the world next spring.
In 2011 Charlie presented the T.V. documentary "Saol John Riely." This Irish language film followed the trail of the leader of the "San Patricio Battalion," John Riley, from famine torn Galway to the carnage of the Mexican-American War of 1847. In 2016 Charlie directed and produced "A Captain Unafraid," a documentary feature film based on the life of sea captain "Dynamite" Johnny O' Brien. A Captain Unafraid premiered at an E.U. run European Festival in Havana in June 2017 and had a lengthy festival run afterwards, from Santiago to New York and Calcutta to Kerry. This was the birth of "Trouble or Fortune Films" which morphs into "Trouble or Fortune Records" for Charlie's adventures in sound. The soundtrack to A Captain Unafraid (released in the first months of 2017) was composed by Charlie and William Kemp. The films A Captain Unafraid and Saol John Riley both found their beginnings in song-"Pa' los Del San Patricio" appears on Charlie's debut album "Songs from an Outpost" (2007), "Marine Mambí, Johnny Dynamite" is on his latest musical endevour "Hy Brasil, Songs Of The Irish In Latin America" (December, 2019). In 2018 he directed "The Green Fields of Cuba," an exploration of Irish music in Cuba, produced by John McAuliff of "The Fund for Reconciliation and Development" and commissioned by "The Atlantic Philanthropies." His first fiction film, "Macalla Chill Áirne," is a recreation of the Victorian era tour of Killarney, focusing on the phenomenon of "The Killarney Echo." "Macalla" will be released on the film festival circuit from autumn 2021. Besides "Fire and Foam," Charlie is also working on another album another entitled "Ballygunge."