Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Charlie was mesmerized
by the bagpipes at the age of three when his parents would take him
to the highland games. He was enthralled by That Fantastic Instrument
when he heard great numbers of pipes played in beautiful polyphony
during the parades. So hooked, he himself started to play both Highland
Pipes and Flute in his early teens.
In the early 1980's Charlie had a room in a wonderful old Victorian
mansion on Pittsburgh's north side, known as Calliope House. The house
soon evolved into a place where folk musicians of every persuasion
and from every corner of the globe could meet and exchange musical
ideas and influences. Charlie not only learned how to play differently,
he also learned how to play new instruments and discovered the true
art of music.
Charlie's passion to study the intricacies of the the Highland Pipes
and Irish Uillean Pipes took him to the green hills of Ireland in
1991. He studied with Celtic masters and played a top the cliffs and
crags where the sounds of the pipes have echoed for centuries. He
had indeed found the musical Love of his Life.
In addition to playing Celtic Music, Charlie practices as a Doctor
of Oriental Medicine and crafts fine Bamboo Flutes. For sport, he
repairs to the Mountains whenever possible for climbing, backcountry
skiing, mountain biking and the like. Notable ascents have included
that of Mt. Rainier and the Grand Teton - on the summit of which he
of course played The Great Highland Pipes.