Chanteuse Derby Browne ..
Beginning her illustrious career at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin, Derby Browne was awarded a coveted place at the Conservatory of Music where she was provided with the opportunity to study singing, piano, harpsichord, and drama. Upon graduation her professional career began as a member of the Medieval Irish Singers performing at the world famous Bunratty Castle, Co Clare.
Seeking musical and creative inspiration, Derby’s talents took her from County Clare to London and the bright lights of Soho’s Theatreland. The French and Italian jazz café’s that populate the West End side streets ignited a passion in Derby for golden era European cabaret and nightclub performance.
On returning to her native Ireland, Derby began writing and producing her own shows. The first of which, ‘Café Mediterranea’, was a blend of romantic French and Italian music from Europe. With a strong influence from artists including Edith Piaf, Sacha Distel, Charles Trenet, Jacques Brel and Antonio Carlos Jobim, Derby toured throughout Ireland. A showcase at Dublin’s Fringe Festival in 2005 and the debut of her first self-penned show, ‘Café Boheme’.
– Derby’s current catalog of shows and performances –
A homage to Edith Piaf, ‘Pigalle’ tells the story of two girls exploring the cabaret music of Parisian cafes in pursuit of the path of Piaf.
La Dolce Roma
A cocktail of jazz and carnivalesque interlude music from Italy’s 50s and 60s, featuring hits including Volare, Americano, Quando, Quando, Quando and lots more.
The Bugle Babes
1940’s 3 part harmony style group, largely based on the wartime sweethearts, The Andrews Sisters. This is a concert of war-time nostalgia with beautiful harmonies, fun lyrics and stylish outfits, complete with victory rolls, red lipstick and seamed stockings.
A whimsical tale of Italian Café music that tell the story of a young photographer returning home for Christmas with songs of a wintery nature, Christmas delight and a Disney winter wonderland style. Packed with Italian Cafe music and nostalgic Christmas treats.