Born in a pub and raised on concert and festival stage, the Buddy O’Reilly Band has been a driving force for Irish and American roots music for the past twenty five years. “The Buddies”, as they’re known to their fans, have the uncanny ability to present great time-honored traditional music in a vibrant, engaging way. Add wonderful ballads and pub songs to the mix, and top off with some powerful Irish step-dancing, and you have one mighty hooley on your hands! We took the time to ask the Buddy O’Reilly band a few questions. Here’s what they had to say!
What’s the first gig you ever attended?
“Had to be one of my dad’s shows – he played trumpet in a swing band.”
What is the best gig that you ever performed?
“I’m not sure about the best, but one of the strangest was when we played on an old PBS show called ‘Tonight at Ferlinghetti’s’, and we were sandwiched -playing Traditional Irish music – between The Kingston Trio and Isaac Hayes. Then after we all did a little jam session together…. really strange and kind of wonderful.”
What is the best gig you have ever seen?
“Ray Charles in Chicago… or maybe Paddy Keenan in Athens… or Lisa Lampanelli?”
Gig you would most like to play?
“Carnegie Hall, of course!”
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
“Me and all the Buddies, past and present. That right there would make for a full house and plenty of great tunes and laughs!”