All about Noel O’Reilly and his music
In The Beginning…
About the age of 7, Noel received his first guitar as a Christmas present from his parents. His Father’s record collection was a big influence back then. Noel used to watched his Father dance around the room as Noel pretended to be asleep in their bedsit in Dun Laoghaire. Lonnie Donegan, Bill Haley, Elvis, Fats Domino, The Dubliners and many other traditional Irish musicians were a staple diet.
His Grandfather was also a big influence. His ability to play almost any instrument fascinated him. He played in an orchestra and Noel spent many a Sunday afternoon listening and jamming with him. The school Noel attended held guitar lessons after class, so he went there with a friend. He loved the guitar riff in The Beatles “Day Tripper” and this was his first attempt at lead guitar. His first public performance was at age 12 in a school hall in Dublin with some friends. His only memory of this debut is that he was terrified and didn’t get to play Day Tripper.
Out and about…
Over the next few years, he progressed to playing with numerous live bands playing both covers and originals and gigged extensively around Britain and Ireland. His influences grew to include guitar bands like Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many, many more. Unfortunately he grew tired of Dublin and relocated to London in his early twenties. He continued to play live shows with friends from Dublin but this was not enough. He auditioned for other bands, and started treading the boards of the live circuit in London. This continued for several years including some appearances in the Marquee which was always an ambition, and tours around the UK and Ireland. But in the end he fell out of love with the whole scene.
“Noel…under-rated guitarist…his distinct style is a pleasure to hear (even in sound checks)”. Dave Shack: ex Metal Forces Editor and Sony BMG
He became a family man, and priorities completely changed. He stopped playing guitar for several years as there was no income from music, and concentrated on the day job.
The next few years were spent in the Corporate wilderness, but it was not all wasted time. He discovered computers, and what you can do with a digital audio workstation intrigued him. He liked the idea and sound of mixing guitar with electronica, and started listening to bands like Radiohead, Muse and Dream Theatre. As a result, he started to think musically again and decided to set up his home studio.
His love for music did not take long to return. He discovered a whole new world of song writing and composing using other instruments and sounds. It became obvious to him that he missed the creativity but not the touring. He wanted to use his new found knowledge and skills to expand on this, so he enrolled on some online music composition and mixing courses to help reignite the creative juices. Yes, he was off and running again. He started writing for film in 2006 after graduating from Music For The Media. Since then he has collaborated with friends, media companies and local film makers.
“Musically an original, quirky, sound that establishes a viable style… Nice production and writing” Richard Attree: BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop. Double Sony award winner for BBC Radio One. MFTM Tutor.
“I really can’t say thank you enough for all that you did for the film. To not even meet you and you produce something that is so perfect, which really strengthened the film no end.” Matt Loudon – Magic Dust Productions – Bafta Nominated Director – My Darling Wife
“How did you do that” – John Abrahams from Straight Curve Films.
Noel spent the next few years honing his skills in song writing, studio engineering, producing, mastering and video editing. During that time, he found it liberating to think it possible to get music out as an online independent musician. But making music available for people to listen to was only part of the journey. Helping people to find it is a whole different skill. So, he embarked on the next part of his education – music marketing and promotions.
His attitude changed towards his music. He changed the way he approached the writing process. For example, normally he would just sit with his guitar and write songs, take them to the studio and record them. But he decided a different approach would be to record a basic acoustic version of each song. If he connects with what he hears, he takes it to the studio for embellishment. This gives him the opportunity to record the idea and walk away to listen to it later. This seemed to work well. No connection? Song rejection…
3 of these acoustic versions are available to download FOR FREE on his album “Reflections” by way of an introduction to his music. This was his first venture into releasing music and is available by registering on the form at the top of this page. These song versions are very intimate and personal. He realises that his experiences are not unique, but hopes you can relate to some if not all the subjects he writes about. What you will hear on this album is the raw version recorded at the beginning of the writing process. Just Noel and the acoustic in front of a microphone with little editing or effects. Most interesting is listening to these versions then comparing them to the studio versions. The differences are amazing.
And So Here We Are…
On February 20th 2021, Noel released his first independent studio album entitled “Here We Sit”. This was something he had worked towards for over 2 years. For Noel, the whole project was a huge learning curve.
“I cannot even tell you how many times I re-recorded, re-mixed and re-mastered until I was happy with the sounds. I suppose too many is the answer”.
But he enjoyed it all, every step of the way. Yes he experienced frustrations along the way, but as he says:
“The end result is one that I am very happy with and proud that I actually achieved what I had wanted to do since I was a teenager”.
“Here We Sit” is a 10 track album of songs and instrumentals. Some of them were started some years ago, but all completed over the last 2 years. Noel says that he hopes that this will be the first of many albums. So have a listen and download or buy the CD here. You can also watch some of his videos on YouTube here.
“If you had told me 3 years ago that I was going to be able to complete this album, release it and have some videos to accompany the tracks I probably would have told you that you were mad. I am really pleased to have achieved this, and am now looking forward to the next project. Which I have already started…”
But that will have to wait until another day. Get your copy of “Here We Sit” by clicking here, or on the album artwork.