I love to sing, play, and create music, songs and soundscapes. With a classical music foundation in piano at age 5, and violin from the age of 8
I went on to discover a love for playing guitar, and progressed into playing other styles of music including folk and jazz, and started to write my own material.
Over the years I’ve added a variety of instruments to my repertoire, including flute whistle and saxophone. I have played in a number of folk bands including Short Stories and The Biggest Trio in the World, and at various folk festivals with Broken Ankles, an Appalachian clog dancing dance troupe.
Currently, and for many years I have played fiddle with ‘Ded Effnic’ a Ceildh band. We host barn dances, and take bookings for weddings and private parties.
More recently I have collaborated with ‘Sold As Seen’, a country/blues band that have just recorded their latest CD and have a number of gigs lined up.
After being a jewellery designer and maker for most of my adult life, in 2003 I found myself embarking on a 4 year training at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, gaining an MA and qualifying as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist.
I followed this with a 2 year Shamanic Apprenticeship with Chetna Lawless in Dorset.For the last 8 years I have been working with the healing power of the arts, as both psychotherapist and shamanic practitioner.
By the arts, I mean a multisensory approach engaging all our senses. I have found story an integral and fundamental part of therapeutic work. I am passionate about the role of the arts and the imagination in health and wellbeing.