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New Release! - March 2, 2017

The last time I wrote I was still going through my cancer treatments. This new recording is my first album since regaining my health and strength.  A year ago I began research for my latest recording with a sabbatical in Ireland.  While there, I did a lot of traveling, a lot of listening and a lot of talking.  My recording, Anam Cara, is a result of these experiences.

Why did I choose "Anam Cara" for the title? In the Celtic tradition, there is a beautiful understanding of love and friendship. "Anam" is the word for soul and "cara" means friend.  Anam cara translates to "soul friend." In the early Celtic church, a person who acted as a teacher, companion, or spiritual guide was called an anam cara. Wherever I went in Ireland, I was met with great hospitality.  I saw how the Irish tried to find a connection with people they met.  I believe this was a manifestation of anam cara, that helps us discover our common bonds and sense of belonging. 

I'm back! - April 6, 2014

A year ago I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. While receiving treatment I wasn't doing much music. I also lost my mother to cancer just after my first round of chemotherapy. Although I still have another year and a half of treatments, I am much better than I was at this time last year. I am ready to record again and to begin giving inspirational concerts. I want to share my message as a cancer survivor and let people know that you can "live" with cancer. Please contact me through this website if you would like information on my programs.

In the next few months I will be recording an album of Celtic melodies as well as rerecording the first children's albums I worked on with the Ashforton Music Group.

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