Born in Mobile, Alabama and growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, Pelham began his musical career at an early age, with both voice and trumpet. In 1995, he began studying Irish traditional music in on fingerstyle guitar and took up the uillean pipes and whistle in 1997 and later the Irish flute in 1999. Pelham has studied piping in both the United States and Ireland under great pipers Martin Nolan, Eoin O'Riabhaigh, Tommy Keane, Cillian Vallely, Kieran O'Hare, and Robbie Hannan.
When living in Auburn, Alabama, Pelham co-founded the traditional bands, Tine Glás and Southwind and after later moving to Atlanta, Georgia, Pelham played in the traditional band Starry Lane, as well as the Atlanta Ceili Band. He has made numerous guest appearances with other musicians, performing in the U.S. and in Ireland, including a live radio broadcast on Ireland's RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and on the album Anytime At All.
Pelham is also an acoustician. He holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, as well as a Masters and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Acoustics and an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Pelham currently works in New Product Planning for Bose Corporation in Massachusetts.