Chris started playing the guitar at a very young age after receiving his first guitar from Santa Claus. By the age of 11 he was in his first band and by 12 he was gigging. Money was saved to buy a Fender Telecaster and Strat and vox A C 30. Things were going well and cash was put aside to buy the first motorbike. Rock and Roll was here to stay!!
Then Chris met Mairin on a musical tour of the states and he fell in love with the traditional music as well!!! They are now happily married and Chris has developed his own unique style of backing using jazz, blues and rock roots.
Chris has travelled extensively playing music in Europe, Australia,
the States even Moscow. He has played with the Frankie Gavin Quartet, Mairtin
O Connors band and harmonica supremo Larry Adler and plays regularly with
Brendan Power. He uses various types of guitar Martin, Takemine and even
and old f hole Hofner to suit the mood of the music. He works closely with
the other members to produce the distinctive Reeltime sound.
Mairin was born into a family and an area steeped in traditional music. Her grandfather, Thomas Whyte, was one of the founder members of the legendary Ballinakill Ceili Band which was the first Ceili band from Ireland to tour the States in the 1920's and was also the first Ceili band to record. Her aunt was Aggie Whyte the brilliant east Galway fiddle player and her mother Bridie also played in the ceili band. Her brother Gerard [Lord of the Dance ] is an excellent Piper, composer and leader of Furry Village. Terry, her other brother has numerous All Ireland titles in singing and percussion and is the Furry Village drummer. Yvonne, Máirín's sister, who plays accordian with Furry Village, supplies a broad spectrum of percussion to enhance the "Reeltime backbeat", ranging from Bodhrán [ She is an All Ireland Champion], snare with brushes, bongos and shakers.
So it is little wonder that Mairin started to play music and dance as early as the age of three and proceeded to win many All Ireland titles both in dancing and playing instrumental music. She is now regarded as one of the best fiddle players in the country.
Mairin was a member of "Macalla" the all women's Ceili bamd and recorded two albums with them. She also features on the fine album "Ceol Ti Neachtain" and plays with the Temple House Ceili band. She has toured the world extensively playing all over Europe, the States, Australia, Singapore and even Hawaii.
Mairin exceptional voice came to a fore in the Celtic Musical Tara" which was performed with the R.T.E Concert orchestra and that well known actor Patrick Bergin in Leisureland Galway and the Concert Hall in Dublin. However it is in Reeltime that all this heritage and experience comes together to provide a stunning performance from Mairin.
In Sept '96 Máirín joined Riverdance taking time out to tour and record with Reeltime. Since then she has wooed audiences and musical journalists alike with her tremendous talent on the fiddle leading to reviews which stated
"On fiddle, all Ireland champion Máirín
Fahy, was a joy to watch ........surely this girl is the best fiddle player
I have ever seen, ................. this gifted player is not only a master
of the fiddle but her graceful presence and movement on stage endorses
her many All Ireland dancing championships titles, ......... the rhythm
is not only in her music but also in her feet,................ it's not
fair, she is also the vocalist with Reeltime, singing exquisitely in both
Like Mairin, Eilis was born into a very musical family and achieved great success even at an early age winning numerous titles.
Eilis like Mairin plays on the acclaimed album 'Ceol Ti Neachtain'. She has played with the Frankie Gavin Quartet, toured with Eileen Ivors and has just recently finished playing in the highly acclaimed Bill Whelan production of "Riverdance".
In Reeltime Eilis uses this background to produce a performance which
can only be described as the best in contemporary traditional music.
Luke Daniels began playing the bodhran at the age of eight. Growing up in a family of traditional musicians he was given his first accordeon on his tenth birthday, and within a few months was playing the vast repertoire of Irish tunes that had become so familiar since early childhood.
He was soon exploring beyond the Irish tradition into French musette, World and classical music. His renditions of Paganini and Bach stunned the small local music fraternity and by 1992, at the age of eighteen, his innovative playing style and clear mastery of the instrument won him the coveted BBC Young Tradition Award. As a result he appeared on national TV and radio, his hour long showcase programme being repeated due to popular demand.
He subsequently appeared on Irish and Swiss national television and went on to an acclaimed appearance at the Philadelphia Folk Festival - a storming success both in the US and the UK, where the show was carried by the BBC.
Following the release of his highly acclaimed debut album, Tarantella, he toured with De Danann and has performed with Riverdance.
Luke has been associated with Reeltime since 1994 when he played Cork
Folk Festival with them and he joins them on their US tour.
John joined Reeltime on their highly successful U.S tour having performed with the band at the international Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow. He was born in London and at the age of ten moved to Ireland. He lives in Claremorris, Co. Mayo.
From an early age John has been playing music. He has studied classical piano, which he now teaches to many budding young musicians in Mayo. He is also a most sought after Musical Director for shows in the West of Ireland.
He has played with well known Irish groups including Furry Village, Speak Easy and Midnight Cowboys. Most recently he has composed the score for two R.T.E. documentaries.
But it is in Reeltime's live show that John really shows his versatility, playing Keyboards, additional guitars and accoustic bass as well as vocals.
Yvonne, sister of Máirín, has been a regular with Reeltime for the last 2 years, holding down the percussion seat. Like Máirín she was born into a background full of music. Her grandfather, Thomas Whyte, was one of the founder members of the legendary "Ballinakill Ceili Band" which was the first Ceili band from Ireland to tour the States in the 1920's and was also the first Ceili band to record. Her aunt was Aggie Whyte, the brilliant east Galway fiddle player and her mother Bridie also played in the Ceili band.
Her brother Gerard [Lord of the Dance ] is an excellent Piper, composer and leader of Furry Village. Terry, her other brother has numerous All Ireland titles in singing and percussion and is the Furry Village drummer.
Yvonne, who plays accordian with Furry Village, supplies a broad spectrum
of percussion to enhance the "Reeltime backbeat", ranging from
Bodhrán [ She is an All Irelnd Champion], snare with brushes, bongos
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