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A brand new project 

The Known World Project 

The Known World Project is a collaboration of musicians from all over the world. Organized by myself and Dave Ervin, the goal of the project is to create music even in this time of physical social isolation. "Alli and I started this project as a way to keep our sanity and have fun recording songs, all while living in the social distancing lock down of the 2020 pandemic." In the midst of uncertain times, music can be a stronghold, an anchor, both for the makers and the listeners.  We hope to continue this online project and share some music with the world. Stay tuned for future events, shows, recordings and the like. 

Sonder the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own 

We chose this concept to describe our current project. While we are living in era of self-isolation due to the pandemic, we have become more aware of one another's circumstances and challenges.  Even when we are apart, there is opportunity for connection.  Sonder speaks to the essential truth that we are complex and nuanced, and through artistic expression, compassion, and community, we can create something inspirational. 

“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” - Desmond Tutu

Ringing In the New Year.  

New Year.  Same old me.  But armed with new goals, renewed passion, and focus.  I hope your 2019 was good; I hope you learned something new about yourself, did something you were proud of (or many things!), and that you are filled with some hope for next year.

Goings on, etc. 
The HouseCats are back and booking for 2020.  Never heard of us?  That's because we took an 11 year hiatus while raising our two kiddos.  They're getting older now, and the acoustic duo engine has revved up once again.  www.facebook.com/housecatsmusic

 

 

We're booking for wineries, pubs, and other great listening rooms.  We play a mix of atmospheric originals and tasteful covers, spanning from rock to pop to folk to Americana and beyond. We make a great opener, too.

I'm keeping busy with a full studio of students, through my own Skype lessons from my home, a full roster at the New Song School of the Arts, and my choirs and private students at the School of Irish Music, too.  I can never decide which I love teaching the most - ukulele, piano, voice, or guitar.  Or maybe it's just that I love them all and really enjoy the people I get to work with.  

The Selkie Girls are releasing our newest album this spring, tentatively in time for the St. Paddy's season of festivals and shows.  Go check out all the fun there at www.theselkiegirls.com for more info on that.

Take care and see you all next year!  The best is yet to come! 

Back in the Studio, Summer Camps, Gigs, and all the rest 

Hi all :)

Thanks for checking out my page and traveling on this musical journey with me.  It's been an eventful six months since my last post.  We released the Christmas album, Winter Lore, produced two successful Christmas shows and a host of other dates, and then were slammed with the St. Paddy's season - traveling throughout Texas, singing our songs, and generally having a blast.

In the meantime, I've also been maintaining a very busy studio of piano, voice, guitar, and ukulele students.  I love all aspects of the work and am so thankful that I'm able to make my living with music.  I can't decide which I like better - making my own music or helping people on their musical journeys.  I'll just say I love them both and leave it at that.

The Selkie Girls are back in the studio working on our 5th album, as yet untitled, and it feels good to finally lay down the tracks that we've been working on in rehearsal.  My other musical project, The HouseCats is coming along as well, and we're in weekly rehearsals gearing up for some shows in the fall.  I'm excited to work with Chad again on this.

In the meantime, I'll be teaching a Ukulele Camp for kids, July 15th through 18th.  Check it out!  

https://newsongschoolofthearts.com/camps-2019/

The New Album is Here!  

Finally, our newest album is here.  We've worked for over  a year and a half on the album and are deeply proud to share this with our fans. This was a carefully curated selection of our favorite Celtic pieces, including traditional Christmas songs and some you may never have heard before.  Order here:  www.theselkiegirls.com/store  

Here we go. 

Alright ladies and gents.  We are entering the busy season for a singer in a Celtic band, and I wouldn't change a thing.  Here's the complete list of tour dates for the spring.  In addition to these concerts with The Selkie Girls, I will be teaching an Irish Singing Workshop at the North Texas Irish Festival on Saturday, March 3, 2018.  Come join the fun!  

I'm still accepting vocal students for 2018.  Contact me for more details!

Heading to the O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat! 

This coming weekend, I'll be heading down to the O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat, both as a student and an instructor.  I'm really looking forward to both opportunities!  I'll be teaching two Gaelic song workshops, both focusing on Irish Gaelic song specifically, including historical context and some Irish language basics.  I'll also be taking a series of courses covering Irish guitar style and technique.

Here's a little more info on this event:
 

The O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat was first held on October 30-31, 2004, at the Springhill Retreat Center in Richardson, Texas.  More than 140 students of all ages gathered to learn traditional Irish music on a variety of instruments taught by teachers mostly from the Dallas area.  The enrollment was far greater than what was expected, and it demonstrated a strong interest in Irish music throughout Texas and the Southwest region. 

As a tribute to Jim O'Flaherty, a native Irishman and musician living in the DFW region who passed away in 2001, a Dallas musician named Ken Fleming organized the O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat.  The retreat focuses on the teaching of traditional Irish music on fiddle, flute, harp, uilleann pipes, tenor banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, bodhrán, guitar, piano, accordion and concertina.  Singing in English and Irish Gaelic are taught along with enrichment classes pertaining to music history, session etiquette, music arrangements, learning resources, and more.  A number of the instructors are internationally-acclaimed performers and teachers many of whom are brought over from Ireland. 

After its successful first year, the retreat moved in 2005 to larger facilities at Hoblitzelle Camp and Conference Center in Midlothian, Texas and again in 2012 to the more expansive Lakeview Camp & Conference Center in Waxahachie, Texas.   In 2014, we are very excited to return to the beautiful Hoblitzelle campus due to extensive renovation and expanded meeting space. With increasing enrollment from outside of the region, the retreat is now ranked internationally with similar music camps in America such as the Augusta Irish Week, Catskills Irish Week and Swannanoa Celtic Week.

Tonight! O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat Benefit Concert 

The Selkie Girls are on at 9!

Tonight at the Trinity Hall Pub in Dallas, we will have our annual benefit to raise needed funds to provide scholarships and instructors for the O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat. It begins at 6 p.m. and runs through the night featuring some of our best area bands playing Irish music. Come have dinner, drinks and listen to some great music. No admission. The pub is donating a generous portion of the evening's receipts, so come with an appetite. There will be a raffle for prizes too.