Performs Friday 3:30-4:30pm, Saturday 3:30-4:30pm, & Sunday 7:00-8:00pm
Devri is an exciting and dynamic band from greater Boston, with major ties to Ireland. The majority of the band were born in Ireland, and play all styles of Irish music, as well as classic and modern rock, country and folk. In Boston, Devri can be found performing at many of the great Irish pubs in America's most Irish city, and at corporate events, political events, weddings, etc.
Devri has performed at numerous festivals throughout the East Coast of America, and in July of last year, the band brought 120 of their fans home to Ireland on an 8 night tour of the Western and Northern Coasts, with stops in Kerry, Galway, Donegal, and Belfast. In July of next year (2024), the band will return to Ireland for an 8 night tour of the Southern and Eastern Coastlines, with stops in Cork, Kilkenny, and Dublin.
While Devri’s music is firmly based around the ballads, tunes and rousing music of Ireland, at a typical Devri show you will hear songs and tunes from The Pogues, Johnny Cash, The Dubliners, The Beatles, Snow Patrol, U2, Garth Brooks, and The Wolfe Tones. Instruments include mandolin, banjo, acoustic and electric guitar, bass, piano, whistles, drums and saxophone.
The band is closely associated with the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums, and has performed at the 5th, 10th and 15th 9-11 Anniversary Memorial Concerts in Times Square as guests of the NYPD. Always willing to help out with charitable causes in Boston, Devri’s annual ‘Hawaiian themed Irish Music Booze Cruise’ on Boston Harbor has now raised well in excess of a quarter of a million dollars for two favorite local kid's cancer charities -- Lucyslovebus and Tommy's Place.
Lead singer Declan Houton was born the youngest of 11 children in Ireland's most Northerly Parish, Malin County Donegal. At home in Ireland, he grew up playing music in pubs throughout the North West, as well as gigs in Sweden, Finland and Estonia... and onboard the Viking Line Cruise Ship M/S Mariella, sailing the Baltic Sea. During his time in Ireland, he also toured New York with the band Celtic Swing, before moving to Boston in 2000.
Stateside, Declan has performed at numerous festivals throughout the East Coast, Miami, Mississippi, Pittsburgh, Gettysburg, New York, etc. He has played music as part of Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones Band, and has shared the stage with the likes of Finbar Furey, Paddy Reilly and The Dublin City Ramblers.
During the lockdown, Declan performed on Facebook Live for 16 Sunday nights in a row, raising over $65,000 for a favorite kid's cancer charity called Lucyslovebus. For these efforts, he was named a Boston Magazine "Best of Boston Covid Hero". He has also been awarded the Golden Bridges Irish Person of the Year award, and also the Tip O’Neill Donegal Diaspora award for his charity efforts in Boston, and at home in Donegal.
He has had the distinct honor of performing America's national anthem on two occasions for the Boston Bruins at The TD Garden, and has also performed the national anthem at Gillette Stadium for The New England Revolution.
INSTRUMENT(S): Guitar, Mandolin
BIRTHPLACE: Malin, Co Donegal, Ireland
Chuck moved to Boston in the early seventies to attend Berklee School of Music, majoring in Classical Guitar. He has played with almost every Country Band in Boston, including John Lincoln Wright & the Sour Mash Boys, and is one of the most in-demand guitarists on the circuit today.
Chuck has been named Guitarist of the Year so many times by the Massachusetts Country Music Awards Assn. that they’re considering renaming the trophy “The Chuckie”. He is also a charter member of Larry Flint & the Road Scholars, and is the featured soloist on Larry’s CD “Ghost of the Railroad”.
INSTRUMENT(S): Guitar, Mandolin
BIRTHPLACE: Grove City, Pennsylvania
Steve comes from a musical family, where his father and several uncles also play music. Steve has been playing since age 2 and has continued to irritate people to this day.
He played in alternative rock bands, swing and Dixieland bands and toured around Ireland, Europe and the states. He has played with several Irish groups in the Boston area, which have taken him to Ireland several times, and numerous destinations aboard cruise ships.
His passion for drumming and recording music is never ending. His love for music has been instilled in his children who are currently taking music lessons to become part of the band!
INSTRUMENT(S): Drums & Percussion
BIRTHPLACE: Tralee, Co Kerry, Ireland
On keyboards and vocals, Martin was born into a very musical family in the picturesque town of Ballybofey, just to the North of Barnesmore Gap, one of County Donegals most scenic areas.
Martin learned piano by ear at a very early age, and is heavily influenced by many genres of music, mainly rock, country and Irish. After leaving high school, Martin played with local bands in his area, appearing on Irish Television with one such band ‘The King Bee’s’.
Martin's first big step into professional music came when he joined The Glen Curtin Band, and for three years he toured throughout Ireland, England, Scotland and mainland Europe with The Band. In 1985, Martin arrived in Boston and has been a mainstay in The New England Irish Music Scene ever since. Martin was the preferred piano player of Irish Singing Legend Dolores Keane during her trips to Boston, and he is always in high demand in the recording studio, playing on countless albums for Boston based bands and singers.
Martin is a truly gifted musician, be it when he is singing lead vocals or harmony, and his piano solos and tune backing are a huge part of Devri’s overall sound.
On bass guitar and vocals, Seamus (known to his friends as Slim) hails from Ballyshannon in South Donegal. Ballyshannon is famous for two things -- being ‘The Oldest Town in Ireland’ and also being the birthplace of Irish Rock Legend Rory Gallagher.
Seamus started playing guitar and bass in his teenage years and grew up being heavily influenced by the music of Gallagher in an area steeped in Irish Traditional music and Rock music.
Seamus joined the highly regarded South Donegal band Moonchild after leaving school. He traveled throughout Europe as support for Rory Gallaghers Band of Friends, which included all of Rory's original band members.
Moonchild shared the stage at festivals with many famous Irish bands such as Mamas Boys and Horslips, a band credited by many as the inventors of ‘Celtic Rock’, one of the first bands to mix rock instruments with traditional Irish instruments.
While touring with Moonchild, Seamus performed in many famous clubs throughout Europe, including the Cavern club in Liverpool home of the Beatles. In 2015, he moved to Boston and has being playing solo gigs ever since before joining with Devri on bass and vocals.
Seamus is inspired by all genres of music with a love for classic rock, blues, and Irish, and brings a high level of energy to the stage.