Charlie began his musical experiences in Dublin in the early 70s, mainly by successfully conning a few people that he could play the drums, to the extent that he was invited to play in a couple of bands. His die was cast…
Dublin was going through a musical revolution in the 1970s , similar to what was going on in London at the time, and Charlie played with several bands – including The School Kids and the legendary Berlin. He also deputised for Larry Mullins, playing 6 gigs with U2. It was an exciting time for Irish rock musicians.
Extract from Irish Rock: “The late ’70s saw the height of the punk rock movement. Irish bands such as Dublin’s The Radiators From Space, The Boomtown Rats, Berlin, The Blades, The Vipers were in the midst of the new genre…..”
Charlie appears in several books published covering that period of Irish Rock including “Where The Streets Have Two Names” by renowned U2 photographer Patrick Brocklebank.
After the break up of Berlin, in 1981, Charlie moved to London During this time, his friend Mathew Ashman, from Adam and The Ants and Bow Wow Wow, brought him into the studio and produced and played guitar on his first self-composed recording, “Move On”.
After a break from the music business, Charlie returned to performing in 2010 supporting The Boomtown Rats (Roberts and Crowe) on their European Tour, playing across Germany and The Netherlands to appreciative audiences.
On returning to London after the tour he started writing new material, and playing solo gigs around the UK.
Recording his first album “Exile” in London and Dublin taking a total time of 3 weeks in the studios, with guest musicians including Garry Roberts from The Boomtown Rats on guitar.
After the release of “Exile” Charlie put Rollingexile together to tour and promote the album.
Rollingexile toured throughout 2015 promoting the album “Exile” in the UK and Europe,
and the USA.