Born into an Irish singing family, Irene grew up in the Shropshire Hills listening to her parents singing all the wonderful old standards (her mother had sung with the Neil Kearns Orchestra at Dublin's Olympic Ballroom along side Rose Brennan of the Joe Loss Orchestra, before settling in the UK).
From a tender age, Irene was performing to live audiences as well as appearing on the BBC which led to recordings in London.
Singing and song-writing continued to be part of her life whilst studying in York where she played an active part in the Jazz scene before moving to South America.
Whilst there, in between family and work commitments, she continued singing publicly featuring as guest vocalist at the Orinoco Jazz Festival in Venezuela.
On returning to the UK, she was quickly accepted into the North West jazz circuit singing with some of the finest pianists and line-ups and has appeared at the Nantwich Jazz and Blues Festival.
Settling in Chester, Irene is currently resident vocalist with the well established 'Wall City Jazzmen' at The Mill Hotel and Spa every Monday night and where she can also be found performing as a solo artist on a Friday evening. She is also regular vocalist with the wonderful swing and blues band 'So What Now'.
Her CD 'Little Things Mean a Lot' is available on request.