Her earliest musical influences were sounds of Makem and Clancy, Planxty and Bob Dylan being played by her parents as they drove around the Caribbean island of Trinidad where she lived as a child. She later moved to the Middle East with her parents and this is where she took up the guitar, singing and writing songs.
After completing her secondary education Irish went on to the Ballyfermot “rock School” for 2 years where she studied musical performance as well as the practical side of the music industry.
1996 saw her based in Sweden to start what would be a 4 year tour of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and the U.K. She also started work on her debut album “Republic of One” which she recorded in Bohus Studios just outside Gothenburg, Sweden.
In 2000 she moved to Australia where she quickly established a large and loyal following. Again festivals and some large support slots would follow.
2003 saw the release of “Appreciate” on Myth Records. It was recorded at Planet Studios in Subiaco Perth Western Australia.
Irish was in the studio again June 2006 to finish recording her new album “Fallen me” with Paul Mills at the Millstream Studio in Toronto, Canada.
She has played all over the world sharing stages with such artists as Tom Paxton, Paul Brady, The Dubliners, and this summer saw her sharing the stage with some of the top Canadian acts.
Christy Moore once told her to “….keep the head down because you’re going to sore”
1996 Gothenburg Music Festival Sweden
1996 Copenhagen Music Festival Denmark
1996 Women’s Tone Nordic Festival Scandinavia
1997 Pride Festival Stockholm Sweden
1997 Gothenburg Music Festival Sweden
1997 Copenhagen Music Festival Denmark
1997 Langelands (Long Island) Festival Denmark
1998 Gothenburg Music Festival Sweden
2000 Spitafields Fringe Festival U.K
2000 Kilkenny Arts Festival Ireland
2003 Whelan’s Dublin Ireland
2003 Pride Festival Perth Western Australia, Australia 2004 Lakes Festival Western Australia, Australia
2005 Lakes Festival Western Australia, Australia
2006 Stanfest Canso Nova Scotia, Canada
2006 Kempt Shore Bluegrass Festival, Nova Scotia, Canada 2006 Sherbrooke Village Days Nova Scotia, Canada
2007 East Coast Music Awards, Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada
2007 North American Folk Alliance, Memphis, TN, USA
Irish has just recorded her album 'Sweet Necessity' with Paul Mills at the MILLSTREAM Toronto Canada.
"It was an amazing time and the musicians I worked with were just second to none. Paul is such an easy guy to work with who brings out the best of you every take. I am so proud of this album."