My story really begins with my ancestors in Ireland, Scotland and Britain more than a hundred years ago. Their languages and cultures were threatened by hardship and politics. They left their homes out of desperation -- in search of a better future for themselves and their children. They left their families, their friends and all they knew in hopes of finding a better future in this new place. Who would speak their story now that they're gone? It's ours to tell so that no one forgets what they our ancestors worked so hard to afford us. This is an Irish American story, and its all of ours.
I've been singing since before I could walk. My first performances started when I was about 10 years old and I've always loved weaving myth, magic, and hope into a story-song. I sing in the Irish music tradition of Sean-Nos, or Old Style. These songs are typically arhythmic and unaccompanied and were meant to be sung by the fire to a very intimate audience. But there's so much more than Sean Nos to Celtic music.
So far, two projects completed with my former band, Sheltering Sky, Keeping Watch Upon the Stars, and Long Nights Journey. With my third album Transplants: From the Old World to the New, a solo directed but collaborative effort working with guitar and vocal talent Ray Frank at El Mundo Bueno Studios. Projected release date for Transplants, March 2012. I’ve sung with Sharon Knight, Joni Bishop, Lisa Aschmann, Ray Frank, Steve Baughman, Niamh Parsons, Cullan's Hounds, Sheltering Sky, Janet Herman and Shay Black and graced stages from Oregon to New York, Ireland to San francisco and back again.