Born in London to Irish parents, Deirdre studied classical music from the age of six, playing piano and flute as well as singing. She went on to study music at tertiary level, sang with the London Symphony Chorus and freelanced as a church organist at many London churches.
Haunting and emotive are two words that could be used to describe Deirdre's musical style. However, with her rich blend of material ranging from traditional ‘sean nos' (unaccompanied ballads) through to contemporary songs, it is difficult to encompass her unique style in two words.
Performing predominantly as soloist, Deirdre has sung regularly in New Zealand Folk Clubs and Irish Societies and performed at the famous Molly Malone's Irish Bar in Wellington. She has sung on New Zealand television, recorded for Radio New Zealand and has headlined at the Wellington and Christchurch Folk Festivals. She is also the first singer to represent New Zealand at the prestigious Fleadh Cheoil na h'Eireann where she competed in the Unaccompanied Singing competition.
In 2003, Deirdre moved to Ireland and is now based in Co. Wicklow. In October 2003, she was invited to Germany to perform material from her album for the acclaimed live music program, ‘Matinee der Liedersänger' hosted by Jan Reichow for WDR-5 Radio. She returned to Germany in 2005 for 18 concerts, as part of the Irish Spring Festival Tour. Deirdre was invited to perform at the Kilkenny Arts Festival. 2008 saw Deirde along with long time musical partner, bassist David Leahy begin a German Tour in February, more concerts in Germany and Ireland followed that year. Work had already begun on Deirdres new album early in 2008 and studio recordings began in late October in Germany at Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg for Peregrina Music. Produced by Johannes Wohlleben and titled the tree below the road.