CHARLIE MULDOON (2009 Inductee)

Born in Beechgrove, Quebec, Charlie Muldoon’s love of country music developed at an early age when he started playing his brother’s guitar. He received his own instrument at age 12 and never looked back. In the early years, Charlie played at every Fall fair from Vankleek Hill to Shawville, Carp to Metcalfe, Navan, Kazabazua, Buckingham and Quyon with many special guests, including Orval Prophet, Hank Lariviere, Donnie Gilchrist, Gilles Roy and Buster Brown. His television appearances included CTV’s "Home Grown Café" and "Take a Bow". He sang on stage for CBC Radio and TV with Wayne Rostad, and he composed and called a special square dance for "Cross Canada Barn Dance" with Mac Beattie & The Melodiers.

As well as being a player, Charlie, for many years, was the "go-to guy" for organizing, producing and emceeing fiddle and step dance competitions. He judged more than fifty of these contests all across the Ottawa Valley and was a judge for three years at the Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto. Charlie was extremely proud of his Irish heritage, and many of his activities revolved around those roots, such as the St. Patrick’s Day Post Parade Party at Lansdowne Park that he organized for the many years and which annually drew 1500 to 2000 people.

Charlie was the proud father of seven children with his wife, Betty (who passed away in 2001), and the grandfather of twelve. Charlie passed away on July 7, 2012.

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