Thursday, 10 September, 2020
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A weekend of Traditional Irish Music, Culture & Heritage

Larry Reynolds

The 7th Féile Cheoil Larry Reynolds takes place in Ballinasloe from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th of September. A weekend which was established to commemorate the life of Larry Reynolds but also to promote the East Galway Style of Music and to encourage and develop Irish Music, Heritage and Culture in the region. It promises to be a weekend of "Cheoil, Craic, Cultúr agus Spraoi"...Show/Hide more info.

Highlights of the weekend include a Concert in The Pillar House Gibbons featuring Mícheál and MacDara Ó’Raghallaigh, it promises to be a superb evening of Irish Songs and Music. Tickets are €5 and can be booked online here.

There will Music, workshops at various venues in the town with some of the finest tutors in the business, a Photo Exhibition of “Larry Reynolds & and other Muscians from East Galway”, Craft Exhibitions on the street, an Irish Music Pub Trail, an Historical Walking Tour of Ballinasloe, A Lecture on The East Galway Style of Music in Ballinasloe Town Library presented by Sean Moloney, a Céilí in Gullanes ’s Hotel with the UI Bhriann Céilí Band all the way from Kerry, a Junior Session in The Dunlo Tavern, as well as many other trad seisiún during the weekend. Click here for full details of the weekend’s events.

On Sunday Sept 8th we have Manus Mc Guire, Gary O'Brien from Buttons and Bows , are joined by Dermot Byrne Altan for a free outdoor concert on Sunday 8th at 3pm in Old Library car park society Steeet Ballinasloe. On Sunday Sept 8th There is a family fun day in the old library car park from 12pm to 5pm where there will be on street entertainmnet, large games, street performers and music.

On Saturday 5th at 4pm Féile Cheoil Larry Reynolds will host the Fifth Year of an Open All-Ireland Fiddle Competition which has a prize fund of €250 with the Larry Reynolds Perpetual Trophy for 1st Place and a Trophy for 2nd Place.

Ballinasloe looks forward to welcoming you, the town will be alive with Irish Music, Heritage & Culture, don’t miss it !

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About Larry Reynolds

Larry Reynolds

Larry Reynolds hailed from the townland of Shanboley, Ahascragh a small village just north of Ballinasloe in Co. Galway. He was the second youngest of 13 children and when Larry was just 10 years of age his eldest brother, Harry bought him his first fiddle, while his lessons with Mabel West were paid for by his sister Betty, both were to prove worthwhile investments.

Like so many more of his time, with his fiddle under his arm, he emigrated to Boston in 1953 where he settled and made his home. Over time he became a highly influential fiddle player, not only for his East Galway style of playing but also because of the contribution he made to Irish culture in Boston and all over North America.

Arriving in Boston in the latter years of the Dudley Street Dance Hall era this time provided him with his introduction to the Boston Irish music scene. In the years that followed his musical achievements were many, a founding member of the now renamed Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Boston Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann in 1975, a member of the Tara Ceilí Band and The Connaught Ceilí Band, a recording artist featured on many well known albums, listed in the Top 100 Irish Americans, an Irish music broadcaster on a Boston radio station, he played to two Irish Presidents, Mary Robinson & Mary McAleese and also played for some of America’s political elite, Tip O’Neill & William Bulger. Then there was the seisiúns - Larry could be found every Monday night at the Green Briar, plying his craft as a musician and as a mentor to many other musicians.

In 1954 he married Phyllis and together they had seven children. Their home in Waltham operated an open door policy for many young Irish & American musicians and throughout his life he led the way for generations of traditional Irish Musicians. The work he did for so many young Irish emigrants is legendary and so many young people were directed to Larry as a man who would unselfishly give his time to help them get their “first start”.

A festival in honour of Larry to be held in his home town seemed a natural progression and 2018 will see the fifth festival being held as a commemoration and celebration of a true Irish man.