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New Video! Hill of the Thieves - Irish Folk Cover! 

Cara Dillon is one of my favorite contemporary folk singers. I decided to cover her song, Hill of the Thieves, as part of my evolving solo project. 

This song was recorded over the past year with Dave Ervin, one of my favorite people to make music with. We asked our friend, Chris Buckley, great fiddle and viola player of The Here & Now to work with us on this. 

We threw him the task of creating an original reel in the instrumental sections of the song. And in an impossible key. And he was of course up to the task. 

I love this song because for me, it's all about reconnecting with your roots, honoring your history and the journey and sacrifice of those who came before, embracing both the dark and the light, and emerging stronger for it. I created this video as a love letter to both the song and to the gorgeous landscape of Ireland. 

Hope you enjoy!


New Shows Added 

St. Paddy's and Festival season looks a little different this year.  But as it can, the show does go on.  We recorded a very cool set at The Post in Fort Worth that will be streamed for North Texas Irish Festival.  Then we have some outdoor and socially-distanced shows coming up afteward.  Details below.  Looking forward to being back on stage and performing!


NORTH TEXAS IRISH FESTIVAL (NTIF), Dallas, Texas, March 5-7 

LEGACY HALL, Plano, Texas, March 13, 2021, 1:30pm - 3:30pm 

COPPELL ART CENTER, Coppell, Texas, March 13, 2021, 8:00pm - 9:30pm 

LEGACY HALL, Plano, Texas, March 17, 2021, 7:00pm - 9:00pm 

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.



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 for more info on that.

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

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: