PADRAIC O'REILLY

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Padraic O'Reilly

Biography

Brief Biography (Courtesy of the Artist's Site, 2007)

Padraic O'Reilly hails from Corofin in Co. Clare, the middle of three sons. Although still in his mid twenties, he has quickly developed a reputation as one of Ireland's leading traditional piano players, both as a soloist and accompanist. He was a founding member of the group Turas in 1996, and following their self titled album they were invited to the Washington Irish Folk Festival in 1997. He has also recorded with the American-based accordion player James Keane, as well as Garry Shannon and Feenish (PJ and Marcus Hernon).
His 2001 debut solo album "Down the Ivory Stairs" has been critically acclaimed, and was listed as one of the Top Ten Albums of 2001 by Aine Hensey on RTE's website. He has made numerous TV and radio appearances, the highlight being his ground-breaking piano quartet with Mícheál Ó'Súilleabháin, Geraldine Cotter and Caoimhín Vallely on the 2002 Rose of Tralee broadcast, which was beamed live via satellite to millions of viewers all over the world. He is leader of the Ennis Céilí Band, current All-Ireland 2-in-a-row champions, with whom he has recently cut a CD. He has also toured extensively with the Four Courts Céilí Band, and has also played with the Kilfenora and Tulla Céilí Bands. He has both classical and traditional training on the piano.
He is Director of the Corofin Traditional Festival, and is also widely regarded as a producer and arranger, having produced many sell-out concerts in the Glór Irish Music Centre in Ennis. He is highly sought after as a teacher and workshop tutor, and his many of his pupils are multiple All-Ireland winners.

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