The Derry Aires
The Derry Aires formed in 1994 as part of a Saint Patrick's Day show. Amidst all the serious traditional Irish musicians, there were few singers and none that wanted to perform the songs most requested by the audiences of the time. The true Irish schmaltzy songs like Danny Boy and Galway Bay. Following their initial performances, they found themselves in high demand for, not only their Irish repertoire, but their tight harmonies and irreverent humor. Over nearly 25 years and several personnel changes, they have retained their original charm and added a myriad of styles to their show, ranging from Contemporary to Celtic, Blues to Jazz. But all of it with a dash of humor.
Originally a trio, this cult phenomenon has become an amorphous performance ensemble of solo artists that likes to expand to quintet status whenever enough of them are in town. The lineup is comprised of Terri Mayeur, Erin Alexander Ingle and Peggy Monaghan, Nancy Steely and Emily Joyce.