It all started as a high school project. To avoid writing a long paper, I built a hammered dulcimer. A year later I flew to England on a one-way ticket with plans of going to Ireland. Busking, a boyfriend, and pubs in Oxford created other turns. I did have some grand times in Ireland, but spent most of 5 years going first East around the world and then later West all the way around! Back in the States I eventually ended up in the Washington, DC area because of the excellent Irish and folk music scene. And then in 1998 I married my Belgian guitar player, Paul Oorts!