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Live It Up

The charismatic Irish ensemble Reeltime really Live It Up on their long-awaited second album! Led by Galway’s Máirín Fahy on fiddle and lead vocals and Chris Kelly on guitar, Reeltime is one of Ireland’s liveliest, most creative traditional...more


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Reeltime is a charismatic Irish quartet that combines stellar instrumental skills with a genius for arranging. Their music has that incredible energy and lift found only in the very best Irish music, but goes even further, with percussive jazz guitar and complementary instrumentation more often found in jazz than trad groups.

Centered around the virtuoso duet and unison playing of accordion and fiddle, Reeltime infuses their music with unquenchable energy and humor. Moving easily between Irish traditional, Texas swing, and ragtime, Galway fiddler/vocalist Mairin Fahy and guitarist Chris Kelly debuted their self-titled album with Green Linnet in 1994, followed by Live It Up, (Green Linnet, 1998).

The group’s debut earned "Best New Group" and "Best Female Vocalist" by the Irish American News. Their follow-up featured the artistry of Eilis Egan and Luke Daniels on accordions, John Flatley on keyboards, Yvonne Fahy and Jimmy Higgins on percussion, Brendan Power on harmonica, and additional production by Johnny Cunningham.

Multi All-Ireland winner Máirín Fahy was playing and dancing by the age of three, and in 1996, Fahy was asked to join the world-touring Irish music and dance phenomenon Riverdance. For the next decade, Fahy was hailed by critics as, "an athlete of the bow," and “a joy to watch…simply breathtaking,” as she played for princes and kings around the world.

Featured in the major motion picture "Devil’s Own", Empire magazine described her performance as as "haunting with a wicked fiddle solo.” In 2004, Fahy joined with her family to create the musical "Tara", which premiered to a sold-out Luxor Theter. A regular guest with the Chieftains, Fahy has performed with them across North America, Europe, and Australia. Her own show, "Trad on the Prom", was hugely successful, and she joined once again with the Chieftans for their 2007 tour before returning to her show.

Guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist, percussionist, producer, engineer, and photographer Chris Kelly has lent his talents to several Celtic collections and Irish musicians as well as acts such as Sister Machine Gun, Charlie Hunter, Josie Kuhn, All Chrome, and Rare Bird. In the band Reeltime, Kelly specialized in percussive guitar accompaniment, using rock and jazz chords to accentuate the Irish trad, though his finger-style picking on the band’s slow airs is equally compelling.


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