SHARLEEN & THE CACTUS FLOWERS
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.
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