After seeing the crankies of Anna and Elizabeth and Katherine Fahey, I had found something I had been looking for for years
- a way to combine the folkart images I love with the fiddle tunes I play. When I saw the crankies I knew THIS WAS IT! I jumped in with both feet and it has been my passion ever since.
In addition to making and performing crankies, I became intrigued with the history
of this forgotten art form. In the 19th century, crankies were known as moving panoramas as well as many other names. I sought out moving panorama historians such as Erkki Huhtamo, Suzanne
Wray, Peter Morelli and Russell Potter to name a few. They have been most generous in contributing information to this website and supporting my efforts. I am truly grateful.
As for accompaniment, I have been fortunate to work with brilliant musicians: Scottish Gaelic singer, Rich Hill, Scottish piper Skye Richendrfer, the French Canadian band Podorythmie, Lisa Ornstein, Dan Compton and others. Their fabulous
musicianship bring the crankies to life.
I've performed on both American coasts and Europe, to audiences big and small. I love sharing the magic of crankies.