Amy comes to Irish music by way of Kansas and Texas. Having grown up in Kansas, in 1980 when Amy pulled out and dusted off her violin and playing skills from high school days, she began with old time music and fiddle style characteristic of the rural Midwest. Her first band was Alferd Packer Memorial Band, whose record, Friends for Lunch, was a local favorite. In 1982, she won the Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championship with Cooley's Reel and Drowsy Maggie, a sign of things to come? She moved from Kansas to Texas in 1983 and found herself in the middle of country and western music. When in Texas, do as the Texans do, so Amy played for three years with a band called Silverado - Your'e Cheaten Heart and the Orange Blossom Special were favorites. A move in 1987 to Milwaukee and the violin went back in the closet until she found out just how much fun it was to play Irish fiddle by taking lessons from Maria Terres at the Irishfest Center, in the fall of 2002.