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). He is currently
recording with Kilfenora Céilí Band concertina player Tim Collins.
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, to be launched in March 2003. 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 heavily
involved in the Fleadh Nua in Ennis, where his production skills have been evident in their sell-out Glór Concerts.He is highly sought after as a teacher and workshop tutor, and is leader of the Inis Óg Groups, who have won the U-18 All-Ireland Céilí Band title in 2001, and finished runners-up in 2000 and 2002. His U-15 Inis Óg Céilí Band have won a 2-in-a-row in 2000-2001. He tutors regularly
for the MA in Traditional Music Performance Course in the University of
2003 Ennis Céilí Band
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2002 Feenish (PJ and Marcus Hernon, with Don Stiffe) Rabharta
2001 Padraic O'Reilly
Down the Ivory Stairs
2000 Garry Shannon
2000 The Madden Brothers
The Mason's Apron
1996 Ennis U-18 Ceili Band
Over the Moor to Maggie