DEIRDRE STARR (Piano and Voice), living in Co. Wicklow, Ireland, was born in London to Irish parents. She studied classical music from the age of six, studying piano, flute and voice.
Haunting and emotive are two words that could be used to describe Deirdre’s musical style. Her rich blend of material ranges from traditional ‘sean nos’ (unaccompanied songs) through to contemporary songs, arranged for voice and piano. Initially, performing predominantly as a soloist, Deirdre has sung regularly in New Zealand, performed on New Zealand television and recorded for Radio New Zealand. Deirdre has recorded with a number of leading Irish musicians, including Trevor Hutchinson, Dermot Byrne, Mark Kelly, Alan Doherty, Vivienne Long, Maire Breatnach, Mick de Hoog and Tola Custy.
Now performing in a duo or trio setting, she performs regularly in Europe and was invited to perform for the acclaimed live music programme ‘Matinee der Liedersanger’ hosted by Jan Reichow for WDR-5 Radio (Germany). Her recordings include works produced by Trevor Hutchinson (Lunasa), Jon Mark (Mark-Almond Band) and Johannes Wohlleben (Peregrina Music) at the Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg, Germany.
Recently, she has performed in Ireland, Austria and Slovakia with Tale of the Gael - a vibrant and unusual mix of personalities from the world of Irish music, all with their own distinct musical profiles and backgrounds. Tale of the Gael have played at most of the Pipers Festivals and many of the harp festivals of Europe and the US, in Carnegie Hall, at Fleadhanna, with Orchestras, for Diplomats and Dignitaries from the Kennedy Family in the US to E.U Leaders in the Council of Europe, and on numerous TV specials. Along with Tale of the Gael, Deirdre completed a short tour of Switzerland and Austria during 2015 and performed for the Irish Embassy in both countries, as part of the W.B. Yeats celebrations. Deirdre also works with other musicians in Ireland and performs regularly as part of the Bobby Roche Band.
She toured Germany and Switzerland again at the end of 2015 and early 2016 performed back there later in the year, and also in the Czech Republic and Austria. Deirdre performed in Germany again at the end of 2016 with a short tour that included material from her new CD, which released in December 2016. This is Deirdre’s fifth solo CD, entitled ‘Between the Half-Light’. Deirdre performs regularly alongside her long-term musical partner David Leahy (Double Bass) and Robert Tobin (Flute).
2017 saw Deirdre perform mostly in Ireland and in 2018 Deirdre will return to Germany for a series of concerts later in the year accompanied by David Leahy and Robert Tobin.