SHARLEEN & THE CACTUS FLOWERS

(l-r): Linda Phillips (percussion), Sharleen (vocals & guitar) and Diane Doolittle (flute / saxophone) performed on April 29, 2018 for 180 peace activists at New Jersey Peace Action's 61st Annual Dinner. One of the attendees was a 103-year-old woman who was one of the original founders of the organization in 1957. She stood up with the help of her cane and announced, "I have something to say." Everyone seated in the large room sat in respectful silence as the elder declared:
"Say No To War!"

I turned to my bandmates with a smile . . . we had just performed a song from my first CD "So Frail," with that very title. I will always remember that woman and her tenaciousness. –Sharleen

(l-r): Linda Phillips (percussion), Sharleen (vocals & guitar) and Diane Doolittle (flute / saxophone) performed on April 29, 2018 for 180 peace activists at New Jersey Peace Action's 61st Annual Dinner. One of the attendees was a 103-year-old woman who was one of the original founders of the organization in 1957. She stood up with the help of her cane and announced, "I have something to say." Everyone seated in the large room sat in respectful silence as the elder declared: "Say No To War!"

I turned to my bandmates with a smile . . . we had just performed a song from my first CD "So Frail," with that very title. I will always remember that woman and her tenaciousness. –Sharleen

(l to r): Linda, Sharleen & Diane
Summer 2016
Matawan Music Festival • Matawan, NJ

(l to r): Linda, Sharleen & Diane Summer 2016 Matawan Music Festival • Matawan, NJ

Performing our new version of  "The Woman's Suffrage Song" for the 40+1 Anniversary of NJ NOW (National Organization For Women) 2016 State Conference was one of the highlights of this year for our band!

Performing our new version of "The Woman's Suffrage Song" for the 40+1 Anniversary of NJ NOW (National Organization For Women) 2016 State Conference was one of the highlights of this year for our band!

Sharleen, Diane and Linda began playing together on a Circle of Song stage organized by the NJ Friends of Clearwater Music Festival in 2015. In early 2016 they formed Sharleen & The Cactus Flowers and began sharing a unique blend of contemporary, classic and topical folk rock. The three women are dedicated to using their gifts to help create peace in a world with too much war, support the struggles of working people everywhere, and celebrate and heal our relationship to Mother Earth.
 
Sharleen Leahey (vocals and guitar) is a singer-songwriter known for her strong distinctive voice. She has been performing and leading healing song circles for festivals, conferences, and a variety of community-based groups throughout New York and New Jersey for over 30 years. Sharleen’s collection of original topical songs are "So Frail" and "Rumors of Peace."  She is currently in the studio recording a new CD.

Diane Doolittle has been playing the flute and saxophone at the Jersey Shore for many years. In addition to original compositions, her diverse repertoire includes folk, pop, rock, swing/jazz, classical and Irish music. Her collection of classical and original flute music on CD is called “Catch The Wind.”
 
Linda Phillips has been playing percussion hand instruments, including djembe, shaker, bell and claves, for over 20 years. She currently performs at festivals, celebrations and drum circles throughout New Jersey.
 
For more information, contact:
http://www.rumorsofpeace.net
 
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Sharleen Leahey • songwriter/singer/recording artist • www.rumorsofpeace.net • www.sharleenleahey.com • © 2017 songs4peace