Paddy Reynolds – Ceili Drums
Paddy Reynolds’ First Set of Drums
Paddy Reynolds began playing in 1969 on a set of drums his father purchased for him. A nephew of Larry Reynolds, Sr., Paddy has heard Irish music all of his life. Influenced by watching George Shanley at ceilis in Boston, Paddy practiced at home to recordings, and played out himself for the first time at a Boston Irish Music Club social led by Mike McDonagh. Tommy Sheridan spotted Paddy there, and asked him to play with the Connaught Ceili Band, whose other members included Sally and Jimmy Kelly, Martin McDonagh, Brendan Tonra and Larry Reynolds, Sr., Eamon Flynn and Mike Lavelle.
Ceilis, Weddings, Clubs, & Ceili Band
When they weren’t playing for a ceili, they broke down to a five-piece band for weddings and clubs. Veteran musicians such as Frank Neylon, Jimmy Hogan, Gene Preston, and Larry Reynolds kept Paddy busy over the years. And Larry Reynolds in Boston still keeps him busy with the Boston Comhaltas Ceili Band—at dances, in concerts, and on Caribbean cruises.