Charlie's songs are inspired by place and history, they are both personal and social. Firing valiantly in the dark, he lights up forgotten stories in jugglings of music and soul.
Having apprenticed himself to the trade of Irish traditional music, Charlie comes from that deep well of strength with something of his own devising. His last album "Where Splendour Falls" (released in 2016) takes his native Killarney as a basis to draw from, using both Gaelic and English stores of thought.
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. Recently, 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. The soundtrack (released in the first months of 2017) was composed by Charlie and William Kemp. Both A Captain Unafraid and Saol John Riley found their beginnings in songs-"Pa' los Del San Patricio" appears on his debut album "Songs from an Outpost" (2007), "Marine Mambí, Johnny Dynamite" will appear on his latest musical endevour "Hy Brazil, Songs Of The Irish In Latin America" (to be released in 2019).