Since his 1981 debut (at the tender age of 17) at the Old Shillelagh in his native Detroit, Terry has been a staple at just about every venue for Irish music in metro Detroit and Windsor: 4 Green Fields, Dublin Inn, Patrick O'Ryan's, Kildare House, and of course, the Tipperary Pub and the Gaelic League.
He's won a following over the years not only for his technical skills on the guitar (and the bouzouki, banjo, mandolin, bodhran and tin whistle), but for his almost encyclopedic knowledge of folk and Irish music and musicians. His comprehensive playlist ranges from A.L. Lloyd and Ewan MacColl through Pete Seeger and the Clancys to Christy Moore and Shane MacGowan.
Terry's mother Joan says that, whenever she needed a break, she would deposit Terry (then not much more than a toddler) in front of the family stereo and put on the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem or the Dubliners or the Irish Rovers, or anyone from the great folk revival of the 1960s - and he would just sit and listen, for hours.
Now, we are the ones listening.