Raised in Dublin on a cultural stew of Irish ballads, his elder sister‟s Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash records and sixties and seventies pop music on the radio, Karl‟s
influences have always been
diverse. Having cut his musical teeth in countless informal sessions in Dublin, Karl later played guitar and sang with bands in Dublin and London, playing music ranging from Steely Dan covers to self-styled „Pimp Rock‟ (this latter occupying a strange netherworld triangulated by Isaac Hayes, The Pixies and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion).
Since moving to Australia in 1998, Karl has continued to be involved in music, and he has found a new voice in writing and performing his own material. In 2003 his song, „Firstborn‟, featured on the „Fatherhood‟ compilation, alongside songs by Paul Kelly, John Butler, Archie Roach and Tex Perkins.