I am a singer-songwriter and also an artist from Dublin. I love to meditate, and I also have spiritual interests. I began to live as a vegan three and a half years ago and that has been one of the best things I have ever done. I am also an animal rights activist and take time for vegan outreach in Dublin town in between my singing and at work. I believe that it is my life journey and purpose to speak up and defend the animals who do not get heard in this world.
1. What has been your Best Life Project to date?
The All of The Animals project under the name of The Vegan Songstress. All my songs and music are very important to me and this track in particular is something I felt I just had to say. It, of course, is written for animals. At every chance, I sing, talk, and draw to express myself on behalf of the beautiful beings who are on farms, in laboratories, zoos, circuses, and slaughterhouses. I also speak about Mother Earth in the song because I love nature and the natural world.
2. The unknown … what challenges did you have to overcome?
The challenge of putting myself and my song “out there” as I am a little shy and wary of too much criticism. At heart, I am quite a private person but being an advocate for the poor sentient animals whose plight few even acknowledge is the challenge.
3. In hindsight…..what would you do differently?
Going to a professional music studio would have been a great help. Obviously, the pandemic lockdowns have really interfered with the work of many artists who are not lucky enough to have their own facilities. The video that accompanies the song was also difficult and we faced a number of technical problems in its production. Of course, now both the audio and video projects are finished, it was all worth it.
4. Next steps?
We are currently publishing and distributing the song which, for me, has been another set of new challenges. For the future, I am learning to play guitar and I’d love to play live one day.
5. What lifestyle changes has lockdown made you consider?
Lockdown has meant not being able to do as much street activism as usual. This has been very frustrating and hard for me. The lockdowns have made me consider that we could all take a little more time to reflect on life and be still sometimes rather than always being on the go, shopping, clubbing, etc!
6. Kissing frogs …. is there an unexpected person who has helped you and, if so, how did they do it?
About three years ago, I stumbled upon a gazebo tent in Temple Bar in Dublin. To my surprise, it was the regular “vegan information day” by the Vegan Information Project. I met their volunteer organiser, Roger. I was a new vegan at the time and didn’t really know any vegans. Since then, we’ve really hit it off to the extent that now, officially, he’s the manager of The Vegan Songstress! We’ve both learnt a lot about music recording and production – and video making.
7. My Inspiration ….who or what inspires you?
I am the Patron of the Back Into Daylight animal sanctuary which is located in Co. Meath here in Ireland. The two founders and owners of the sanctuary, Sharon and Declan, are a real inspiration to me. I think some people get a rosy view of animal sanctuaries but there is a lot of hard and continuous work going on. It is a real joy to see animals recovering and thriving from their ordeals. Finally, they can have a peaceful life. The people who work on animal sanctuaries are real heroes.
8. How do you relax or do you struggle to relax?
I’m actually pretty good at relaxing. I do a self Reiki treatment on myself on a daily basis and I find this very relaxing. Walking in nature is also very important to me as it allows me to connect with myself which boosts my mood.
9. Guilty secret pleasure?
Not often but I sometimes have a vegan take-away. My secret is that I really enjoy the cold left-overs in the morning. A cold curry breakfast may not sound great but, honestly, it really is!
10. Words of wisdom
A couple of years ago, I was given a pamphlet from the Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary. I’ve always remembered the slogan on the front page: “It costs us so little to make the change to veganism; yet this small cost to us means everything to them.”