Songs for Christmas
BIOGRAPHY I first picked up the guitar at the age of 12. My memories of singing go back further than that though, to the age of 5. I am one of 6 children, born in London England. My fathers' family came from Cork, and my mothers from Dublin. Everyone sang or played something. I am so grateful for that bedrock of musical experience as it was a joy and also a great training for the ear. I was introduced at a young age to folk music 'from across the pond' - Bob Dylan, Baez etc. At the same time I was listening to classical composers such as Vaughan Williams and Debussy. Soul music tantalized me too. I don't remember when I first started writing songs, but I think it started with poems, and that is still true today, the words often come first and the tune follows. The simplest way to describe the music is 'folk/Celtic' I am told the music has a soothing healing quality, 'a little bit of heaven in a busy world'.