Ode to the Laurel Lass
A native Floridian, born in Kissimmee, Charlie Gear began playing the violin as a teenager when his younger brother, Jim Gear, bought him his first violin. Charlie was fortunate to have had early training with David Davidson, a well-known studio violinist and Celtic artist in the Nashville area. Charlie's works comprise a wide variety of original instrumental tunes as well as creative adaptations of some standards-a full sound, backed by his own accompaniment, which fuse a Celtic/New Age/blues/jazz feel. His ability to transfer his passion for life to others through his music is what listeners recognize as "playing from his heart". Charlie's passion for the instrument stemmed from hearing non-traditional violinists, such as David La Flame (It's a Beautiful Day), Don "Sugarcane" Harris (John Mayal), Papa John Creech (Jefferson Airplane), and Jerry Goodman Charlie was presented the award for Best Instrumental Composer in both 2003 and 2005 by the Songwriters Showcase of America. He has recently released his CD, The Burning Man, and is planning the next. Here's what Charlie's fans say: ''Charlie's music comes from his soul. It touches mine in a powerful way''. ''Elevating, dynamic, awakening, haunting, mysterious, limitless''. ''His music stirs my heart''. ''EXHILARATING! EARTHY! SOUL-TAPPING!''