Michael Reynolds – Accordion
Inducted to its The Hall of Fame by
The Northeast Region of the North American Province – November 9, 2002
– (accordion, song) was born in Waltham, Massachusetts, the 3rd child of Larry, Sr. and Phyllis Reynolds. He grew up in a home filled with music, dancing, and house parties. Interested in the accordion at age 8, he and his brother Larry, Jr. began lessons with Eamon Flynn. After two years of lessons, Michael began playing in the Irish Music Club Band on Saturday nights. At age 13 he was playing in bands all over Boston, eventually playing with various bands around the country and on world cruises.
Michael recorded on his own album and also with Tara Hill and on the recordings of other artists in the Boston area. He had the privilege of starring in the motion picture Blown Away, with his father Larry, Sr., as the Irish Wedding Band. Devoting more time to raising his family in recent years, Michael has traveled less and played more locally. For the past 13 years, he and his father have faithfully hosted a Monday night session at the Green Briar in Brighten, where visiting musicians from around the country and Ireland stop in to join them.
Michael and his wife Patricia are blessed with 5 children—3 boys and 2 girls— and a grandson, Austin Ryan. Mike’s love and passion for the music are evident in his playing and singing with the Boston Comhaltas Ceili Band.
[Article researched and reported by Larry Tormey]
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