This will be Karen Ballew’s 11th year to attend the O’Flaherty retreat, and she is very excited to be teaching the Gaelic Singing workshops! Karen’s love for sean-nós singing and songs in the Irish language inspired her to teach lessons in this music, which eventually led her to found The Gaelic Youth Chorus at The North Texas School of Irish Music in 2013.
She would like to thank the following people for their guidance and for starting her down this path: Danny O’Flaherty (Karen’s first O’Flaherty singing instructor!), Denice Brown and Jonquele Jones of Cór Gaeilge Texais, Abby Green, and language teacher Matt Ragan.
Karen also plays the harp and enjoys singing folk songs and writing songs with harp accompaniment. In 2017, Karen moved to Nashville where she has been working on songwriting. She has met some wonderful artists to collaborate with and will release her first album of original songs this summer 2019.