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Watch for the release of Voodoo thriller film 'BITTER SOULS' (Oct 2024) 

...featuring music by SYLVIA PLATYPUS ( with Charlie on Pipes ! )


Solo Bagpipe soundtrack on NBC Peacock TV’s ‘Mrs Davis’ (ep #3)  Premiere 4.20.23


2022: Maryland, Virginia, & Washington DC Folk/ Renaissance Festivals with Tower Green.

Choral & Organ concerts in Wilmington DE, & Ocean City NJ.

Columbus Club Italian Holiday Banquet in Manhattan NYC, ‘Coro d’Italia’s’ 90th anniversary gala in Verona NJ,

Mercer Co NJ and West Va Italian Festivals, also Italian music teaching residency at Washington CT Montessori school.

Delco Summer Concert Series as guest piper with “Whole Lotta AC/DC” tribute band.

English Horn in St William’s Concert Series baroque orchestra for J.S. Bach’s Cantata BWV 35 (Geist und Seele wird verwirret)


2021:  Tour of NY NJ DC & MD with Sicilian trad band Rosa Tatuata, culminating at the 3 day NCTA ‘Richmond Folk Fest’ in Virginia.

Designated as a Master Folk Artist by the state of New Jersey, and awarded a grant to tutor an apprentice in Italian Traditional Music.

Awarded an ‘Illuminate The Arts” grant by City of Philadelphia Office of Arts Culture and the Creative Economy. 


2020: Included in Hohner’s “United in Sound” social media campaign of musicians making music while masked.

Live-streamed Italian music concerts for Queens, Bronx, & Brooklyn Library systems. 

March 10th, 2020:  In one final show before lockdown, performed with Organist John Bate on the Boardwalk Hall Auditorium Pipe Organ in Atlantic City NJ: the largest such instrument of its kind in the world.


Profile & Summary:

Charlie Rutan is a classically trained professional musician with 35 full-time years of performing experience and credits in the Arts & Entertainment sector. He specializes in playing the bagpipes of Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy; and numerous reed instruments from around the globe using authentic traditional performance practice. Member of  ASCAP &  AFM (#77)


Skillsets:  Charlie performs & records on the following instruments: 

Scottish Highland Pipes,  Italian Zampogna,  French Cornemuse, Irish Uilleann Pipes.

Ciaramella (Shawm), Friscaletti (Sicilian reed flutes), Clarinet, English Horn,

Duduk, Shehnai, Mandolin, Setar, Jaw Harp, Conch Shell.

Press Blurb : Specializing in the traditional & progressive bagpiping styles of Scotland, Ireland, Italy & France;

Charlie Rutan has Piped for Luxury yachts & Lords;  Battleships & Bishops;  Academics & Airports, Knights & Nightclubs, 

Symphony Orchestras & Secret Societies; Whisky makers and Wine tasters, and for luminaries such as President G.H. Bush, Rod Stewart, and H.M. Queen Noor Regent of Jordan.  He’s been seen on NBC, Peacock TV, CNN, CBS, ABC, FOX, in print, and TV Finland! 

Was once dubbed "the Eddie VanHalen of the Bagpipe" by John Lennon’s bassist, Gary Von Scyoc.

Currently performs & records with TOWER GREEN,  CORO d'ITALIA  and SYLVIA PLATYPUS


Selected Highlights:

*Founder of ‘BagpipesFAO’; since 1996 the region’s premiere source for the live in-person kilted glory of Highland Bagpipes at their events. *Performs Italian traditional & contemporary music in Rosa Tatuata, Zampognari di Filadelfia, & Coro D’ Italia.

*Provided numerous musical shows during the 2016 DNC; including a private performance for RFK’s daughter, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. 

*On Uilleann pipes in ‘Ensemble Musica Humana’, performed 18th c music of Turlough O’Carolan with Nancy Hurrell on a 250 year old Egan Harp

*Played Uilleann pipes in Ligionier Ministry’s Reformation day orchestral concert in Lancaster PA, Oct 2016
*Performed in Gotham Early Music Series midday concert ‘Piper in the Parlor’ with Christa Patton (formerly of Piffaro) and Peter Walker. 

*Performed at Hoboken NJ Italian Festival, Phila St Nicholas of Tolentine festa, and Wilmington DE St Anthony of Padua festivals

*Performed on Zampogna by invitation of the Italian Ambassador to the USA for the Embassy's 'Italian Holiday Festival' at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington DC (2014 & 2015)

*Featured presenter of the ‘Zamposium’ a gathering of Italian bagpipers from California, Oregon & Washington in Seattle

*Member of 'The Royal Pipers' in the New York State Renaissance Faire 
*Produced and performed “Wind in our Sails” a bagpipe and harp centric look at European immigration to lower Manhattan. M

*Featured 7th inning stretch performer on top of the dugout for the Philadelphia Phillies MLB’Italian Heritage Night’

*Awarded a 'Performance in Public Spaces' grant for Italian Folk music by the city of Philadephia 
*Featured playing Zampogna on the soundtrack of Tom Ryan's thriller film 'FACES' (2014)

US Airways inaugural nonstop flight from Glasgow to Philadelphia, 2004 and 2014

Diageo /Origlio (Guinness Stout) launch of ‘Smithwick’s Ale” in the area , 2004
The Greater Philadelphia British-American Business Council Holiday Celebration,

2013 The Sons of St. George Society 2002- 2008

The Walker family of Scotch whiskies in Phila area, 2002
The yacht “MiGaea” during her stays in Phila, 2000, 2003
USMC, USN, NROTC + US Army Messes, 2001-2009
Graduations of University of Penn Nursing College, Villanova Universitiy + Ursinus College, 2001-present,

Installed and memorialized legendary Ursinus president Dr Bobby Fong(2013-14)

Chester Valley Golf Club, 2005-2009, Tavistock Country Club, 2001-2002

Bristol Riverside Theatre’s production of‘ Brigadoon’, 1999

*Has Piped for a host of elected, academic and religious officials;

PA State Police Colour Guard Detachment, “Reading Express” Pro indoor football,

“Reading Phillies” AAA baseball pre-game show,
Barkann Healing Hearts Foundation with current & former members of the Eagles football team,
the annual Philadelphia RathaYatra Parade of Chariots for India Day in Phila,

Opened for the Scots Guards at the Kimmell Center.
Has Performed at Academy of Music, The Philadelphia Club, PA Convention Centre.,
Reading Sovereign Centre, Phila Int. Airport, Battleship USS New Jersey, World Café Live, hundreds of other venues.
For corporate functions of: Aberdeen Asset Management, the Red Cross, Deloitte + Touche, Keystone Mercy Health,
The Restaurant School, Ethicon (Johnson + Johnson), Equity office properties, 3M, Intel Corp, Teamster’s Union.

*Piped for the wedding (2010) & memorial service (2013) of Former Surgeon General of the USA, Dr. C. Everett Koop.

*Gigged with the legendary Jazz Bagpiper Rufus Harley, 1998 +1999, and sadly, piped for his memorial service, 8/7/06

*Piped for the memorial service of Phillie’s pitching great Tug McGraw, Jan. 2004,

* and for the memorial of "Piffaro's" bagpiper, Tom Zajac, Nov 2015


“Sylvia Platypus” (Sylvia Platypus) 2011


‘An Italian Bagpipe Christmas” (Zampognari di Filadelfia) 2012


‘Last Hurrah’ (Sylvia Platypus) 2014


’Faces”  feature film 2014 IMDB


“Day Blue’ (Edwin Warfield IV) 2014


‘Pond Kings In April’ (Hawk Tubley & the Ozymandians) 2017


“Urban Village Piping” (compilation, Charlie Rutan) 2018


‘Angel Mae” (Smash Alley) 2018


“Diamonds, Moon, Mean Tambourine” (Sylvia Platypus) June 2019


‘When Once I had You” (Alice-Marie: Lady Torch,) 2019


‘Years are Short, days are long” (on ‘Blinded Eyes’, Rick Denzein) 2022

'Mrs. Davis (103).  An NBC  Peacock TV series streaming April 20th 2023, 

Episode #3 (33:00) and End Credits.

Education & Background:

*Studied at the Piping Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, (1998) with Master Pipers Donald Mac Pherson, Angus MacDonald, (Pipe Major Scots Guards 1965-74) & Roddy MacLeod, (Dir. of Piping Centre) & others.

*Took master classes on Uilleann Pipes with: Paddy Keenan, Jerry O’ Sullivan, &others. (2005-08),

*Took master classes on French pipes with Eric Montbel (2015), Remy Villeneuve(2014), and Jean-Pierre Rasle of the Avalon Band & Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart (2008)

*Principal Oboist, Chestnut Hill and Olney Orchestras (1996-2004) Manager of CHO, (1999-2002)
*Received ASCAP Special awards for Composition (1996,1997). Composer of 3 symphonies and over 100 classical works.

*Graduated Bachelors of Music (Summa) University of the Arts, 1992.

Extensive prior musical education beginning in 1970’s.



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