Sharon Armstrong is a Scottish freelance writer currently based in New Orleans, Louisiana.
She was born and grew up in the picturesque town of Ayr, and has from childhood been interested in journalism, travel, traditional Celtic music and music festivals - although not necessarily in that order.
After graduating from Strathclyde University in Glasgow with a BA in English and Psychology, she moved to Edinburgh where she worked, amongst other things, as a reporter and arts reviewer.
Her love of travel led her across the Atlantic to New Orleans where, like so many before her, she stayed far longer than she planned to - long enough to witness first-hand the effects of that infamously welcome guest, Hurricane Katrina.
Post-Katrina, following a brief stint as a Vet-Tech during which she picked up one of the many dogs rescued from the flood-waters, Sharon dusted off her rucksack, put a leash on her newly acquired ‘New Orleans Crack-Hound’ Dougal and hit the road again, returning home to Scotland to undertake a MSc in Journalism at Edinburgh's Napier University .
After graduating she moved back to the US, where she currently works deep in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter with the WWOZ Jazz and Heritage Radio Station as a writer, interviewer, producer, and co-host of the station’s weekly Celtic music show, Music In The Glen, with Sean O'Meara.
She has worked as a journalist and a photographer for Yes!Weekly, a Greensboro North Carolina-based, weekly newspaper, feature writer for the Evening News in Edinburgh, and is an on-going contributor to the Living Tradition Magazine. She has also worked with the Northern Bureau of Channel Four News, and is one of the currently elected PRs for the New Orleans Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, a worldwide organization involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music.
She is still interested in journalism, travel, traditional Celtic music and music festivals - and still not necessarily in that order. Dougal has settled in nicely in Ayr, and has almost lost his accent.
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