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Charlie Zahm

Charlie Zahm is one of the most popular soloists at Celtic music festivals, Maritime and Early American music events anywhere east of the Mississippi. With a baritone voice some have described as "coming along once in a generation," Charlie has become one of the most successful performers on the Celtic festival circuit, weaving magical moments of Scottish history for the listener and viewer, with passion for the performance and a chosen repertoire pleasing to all members of the family. A master of the guitar as well, Charlie brings an authentic love and respect for the music he sings---and with dashes of humor and a light in his eyes, he will draw you into the stories of his songs!

Since he's been old enough to sing, Charlie has been entertaining audiences with the beautiful Celtic songs and melodies he first heard in the largely Scottish province of his mother's birth, Ontario, Canada. Keenly aware of his own heritage, which includes healthy doses of Scottish and Irish blood on both sides of his family, Charlie has collected hundreds of popular selections and performs them for thousands of fans up and down the Eastern Seaboard and across America . He has shared concert billing with such names as the Alexander Brothers and Peter Morrison, and is one of the few singers in the world to be invited to sing live with Scotland's “Black Watch.” Today, as one of the most sought-after Celtic singers on the East Coast, Charlie performs regularly everywhere from concerts and festivals to television shows and Scottish-themed Caribbean cruises, where his 6'4" frame and powerful baritone make him one of the most memorable performers around.

Charlie’s recent CD project, “Out of the Mist,” was released in 2002 to coincide with his first 60-minute music video---entirely filmed in Scotland---by the same name. These projects again demonstrate that Charlie’s vocal ability is rarely matched inside or outside traditional music, and his mastery of the guitar is the perfect complement to his vocal performance. Charlie’s latest (15th) release, “Songs for When the Sun Goes Down,” is a great collection of American folk songs Charlie has been singing for years.

Charlie also performs period North American music from the 18th and 19th Centuries, including music of the U.S. Civil War (also known as the "War Between the States" and "that recent unpleasantness" to our Southern friends) and is often asked to appear at Civil War re-enactments and concerts, as well as Colonial and Early American-themed events. Living in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States, helps keep him very busy in this regard! (at the top of this page click on “Early America” or “Civil War” to read about his music endeavors in those historical areas.)

Charlie is often joined by fantastic Baltimore fiddler Tad Marks, who has toured extensively across the US and Europe with top-name groups, is considered one of the finest fiddlers on the East Coast. His down-home charm and easy-going style has made him friends across the country. Tad’s music has also been featured on many of Charlie's recent albums and dozens of additional CDs by other artists, TV commercials, and he is currently involved in creating a movie music soundtrack. His most recent solo CD release, “The Highlander’s Farewell,” has received great praise from traditional Celtic and bluegrass fiddle-music lovers alike! Charlie also sings two songs on it.



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Charlie Zahm is one of the most popular soloists at Celtic music festivals, Maritime and Early American music events anywhere...

July 25, 2007: Charlie Zahm
Charlie Zahm is one of the most popular soloists at Celtic music festivals, Maritime and Early American music events anywhere...




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Among the Heather!

Festival Favorites

Lighthouse on the Shore

Out of the Mist

Songs of Highlands, Islands and Home!

The Celtic Balladeer

The Glory of the Isles

The White Snows of Winter

Ye'll Tak the High Road


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Member Name: chelseablues
Date Posted: 06-Feb-2014
Comments: I own Charlie's CD's and have seen him in person. Truly a talented artist who loves to entertain with his wonderful voice and stage presence. His live performances surpass his recorded music, yet they are inspiring, fun and full of spirit. Bill ModrowReview on Charlie ZahmVisit Artist Page



Member Name: MacEoghainn
Date Posted: 16-Aug-2008


Comments: I just received Charlie's Robert Burns tribute CD "The Immortal Memory, A Tribute to Scottish Poet Robert Burns" in the mail today and here are some comments:As most artists age their voice will start to change, usually losing a little of their upper range and gaining in the lower register. It would appear Charlie Zahm has discovered a secret elixir or the fountain of youth because I think he is at his peak with most, if not all of the vocals on this album!When I think Charlie Zahm I think baritone (this may be just a misconception on my part) but on this album he hits some notes (especially on the song "Green Grow The Rashes, O") that would make any tenor proud!This Album is an another example of great voice of Charlie Zahm, with excellent orchestration, and some interesting narration by Mr. Andrew Macmillan with Robert Burns poems and information that many may be unaware of. This should be a welcome addition to both Charlie Zahm and Robert Burns fan's collections!



Member Name: CelticRadio
Date Posted: 01-Sep-2007


Comments: News comes from Charlie Zahm about a new CD in the works!"If you enjoyed "Scotland’s Heroes" and "American Scrapbook," you will love the new project in discussion with Infinity Dance Theater/Kitty Lunn/Andrew Macmillan of New York City. Andrew, with his great bass-baritone speaking voice, is putting pen to paper in organizing a wonderful tribute to Robert Burns, the poet of Scotland. Andrew and Kitty are choosing passages from favorite Burns works, as well as historical notes, and working with me to choose some of the most beautiful and important works of Burns that have been put to music, and we hope to have this project available by Jan. 25, 2008. Jan 25 is of course the Bard’s birthday, and this is the best birthday gift we can give him!"



Member Name: hdmunn
Date Posted: 29-Jul-2007


Comments: I really enjoy Charlie. This is my first exposure to this kind of music but I certainly enjoy it. (Couldn't believe the voice coming out of that body Hal



Member Name: CelticRadio
Date Posted: 26-May-2007


Comments: This goes for any of the musicians on Celtic Radio, but if you do end up buying their album please drop the musician a note from their website that you purchased the CD because of Celtic Radio.There is no way to track this stuff and by letting artists know about Celtic Radio it will allow us to keep receiving new CDs to play!Thanks so much!



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