Joanne Connolly's Trip Diary
When I started Voices from the Heart in 1995, I couldn’t imagine that six years later 130 of us would be setting off to Ireland on the trip of our lives; that the multi-cultural songs we sang of hope and peace and of our own country’s struggles could touch hundreds of others in a country so far away. That the music we make could help raise thousands of dollars for women’s refuges (what we call shelters in the United States) and an organization in Northern Ireland called Global Harmony, which sends Irish kids to a peace camp in New Hampshire. It was my idea to create a group here on the Seacoast where women could come together to feel the pure power and joy of singing soulful, multi-cultural music. But it was the combined ideas, hard work, creativity, passion, and myriad of skills of so many that brought us on our voyage of hope to Ireland.