I am lucky enough to have enjoyed a varied career as a professional musician that has spanned over twenty years. In that time, my appearances as a singer and harpist have ranged from an eighteen month long residency at the luxury Gregan’s Castle hotel on the west coast of Ireland to a children’s intensive care ward in a Dublin hospital. I have appeared at the Celtic Tea Rooms in Queensland, Australia, and in person on Australian radio.
Along the way, I have played for some interesting clients such as The National Trust, The Woodland Trust, Mercedes Benz, The Royal Institute of British Architects, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Irish Ambassador to the UK and Vinnie Jones and The England Football Team. I’ve also played in some stunning venues, including Cliveden, Leeds Castle, Stourhead, Woburn Abbey, The National Botanic Gardens of Wales and The Bodleian Library, Oxford. Perhaps my most unusual performance has been live on BBC1’s Crimewatch, playing an example of a stolen harp for over six million viewers.
In 2016, I took the big decision to retire from function work to concentrate on exploring and sharing the transformative power of sound and music.
I have always adored traditional song and music from around the world and for many years I have studied different musical instruments and traditions from places such as Europe, America, Australasia, Japan, Korea, India, Iran and my own, native, British Isles. This has brought me into contact with the deep regard in which sound and music is held by many spiritual traditions, including Zen Buddhist, Taoist, Sufi, Hindu and Sikh, as well as various Shamanic and Indigenous cultures. It is my deep desire to bring this wisdom together and pass it on to the next generation of musicians as an approach to performing music that l have named Conscious Musicianship.
As a musician with a deep interest in transformation, it was natural that I should be drawn to train in Sound Healing, becoming a qualified Gong Practitioner and full member of the College of Sound Healing. As a Therapeutic Musician, I am fascinated by how music can benefit healing, meditation, and yoga and I regularly accompany these activities, as well as offering Therapeutic Music sessions of my own.