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The Journey...

Born in Glasgow into an enormous Irish family (100 cousins, almost all living on the one road!) music was always a part of my life.

Family parties and celebrations always included music, everyone had to have a party piece. 

Life revolved around the Church, with it’s music, Gregorian chants, ceremonies, the rhythm of prayers during Benediction on icy, dark winter Sundays. 

Holidays spent in the west of Scotland called for campfire songs, that echoed across the Sound of Kerrera, sunrise over the mountain ranges of Skye and Ross & Cromarty, majestic, the glassy stillness of Loch Long.

Soft, wet summers, the beat of rain on canvas...

A storyteller from a very young age, I entertained my younger sisters with tall tales, with no need for books. 

I learned to improvise, to perform, to be attuned to rhythm & lyrics. 

 

Living in Donegal as a young mother, in a rural community divided by The Troubles, I turned to writing poetry which in time linked in with my attempts to learn the guitar. 

The art of the Sean-nós came into play, along with my love of language & rhythm. 

Suddenly I found myself, with no formal musical training, writing songs, much to my own amazement. 

Ulster was full of music, much of it familiar from my Scottish childhood.

Songs of immigration, politics, social injustice and folklore. 

Nights out were spent at traditional seisiúns in the local pubs, ‘Back-to-Back’ competitions and singing with the local community choir. 

The Inishowen Gospel Choir brought friendship, laughter and the opportunity to perform at festivals such as Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, and Stendhal. 

I sang jazz in Bennigans Bar in Derry, where local musicians gathered. 

 

All of this fed into my first album, Walk the Wire. Since then, I have developed a unique style which is basically ‘Roots’ music, a combination of Folk, Traditional, Country, Jazz & Blues. 

2009

Debut album of original songs, recorded in CaVa Studios, Glasgow. 

Produced by Brian McNeill (China Crisis) who assembled the finest musicians of the Scottish music scene, including the 

incomparable Maggie Bell. 

2014

EP of original material, recorded in Culdaff, Co. Donegal by Neil McGrory. 

Gary Raymond, Egon Callery, Neil Burns, Rohan Armstrong were the hugely supportive and talented friends who contributed so much to its resulting quality.  

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2023

The latest offering, again, self-penned. Recorded in Belfast: produced by Rod Patterson, featuring Brian Connor on Piano. Additional music and sound engineering by Rod McVey, Liam Bradley on percussion. 

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