From Head to Heart to Hands & Voice
Traditional Irish music and song has been a mainstay in my life from a young age.
Growing up in Co. Limerick, I and my siblings all learned an instrument and were encouraged very much by my lovely parents who enjoyed the traditional arts so much themselves. Their interest played a huge part in my development as a budding musician and I’m forever grateful to them for that.
For example when one of us got a medal or a trophy in a competition (these really accumulated as I come from a big family!) I have fond memories of my father sometimes getting us up out of bed at night, showing the prize off and getting us to play or sing for a visiting neighbour or relation! The pride my folks took in us was infectious and so I progressed naturally to perform on the local stage and community gatherings in my youth.
Over the years, I have performed at various venues, festivals, fleadhs, Libraries, museums, corporate events etc bringing my wholehearted interpretation of songs and tunes to diverse audiences at home and abroad. My interest in Irish music and folk music in general keeps growing. I value it more and more as the years go by and feel very fortunate to have this rich heritage. Through my fiddle playing and voice I have met many wonderful people and made dear friends, sharing the music and keeping the spirit alive.
Musical highlights include – performing at a sold out tribute concert for Barney McKenna of The Dubliner’s fame (RIP) @ Dublin City Hall, Temple Bar Tradfest with a band called “The Rolling Waves”.
Performing at Dublin Castle at a commemoration service for Hannah Sheehy Skeffington which was attended by the President of Ireland – Michael D. Higgins & Micheline Sheehy Skeffington.