The Reels is a professional London-based Irish rock band performing traditional Irish music as well as more modern songs by artists such as Mumford & Sons.
The Reels came together in late 2006. We all met through various music lessons growing up as kids or at sessions in many an Irish pub!
We're now in great demand to perform at weddings, corporate functions and private parties in London, throughout the UK and even further afield.
With Gavin on vocals and guitar, Leanne on vocals and mandolin, Antonia on the fiddle, Frankie on the bass and Mad Kieran on drums, the Reels mix traditional Irish music with modern songs as well as taking the old Irish classics and making them more appealable to the younger generation.
Already in popular demand on the London circuit, we will continue to belt out the music for as long as you'll listen to us!
The Reels have recently been booked on FixTheMusic for a 2017 wedding at The Italian Villa, a luxury wedding venue in Poole, Dorset.
Gavin started his musical adventure with Brenda Mulkere playing the tin whistle as a youngster before moving on to the Mandolin and Banjo. At the age of 15, Gavin joined his first band 'The Celtic Balladeers' playing the banjo and backing vocals. After a couple of years, Gavin left The Celtic Balladeers to join up with his Brother Niall and formed the two-piece band 'Any Chance' which played all around the harrow area.
After 'Any Chance' Gavin took a 3-year break from Music but in August 2007 joined The Reels, playing the Bass Guitar and later on took over the role of lead singer and guitarist. Gavin's main influences include U2, Oasis, the Dubliners, and Christy Moore.
Kieran is the only current member of The Reels who was there when the band formed in late 2006. Kieran started playing music at 5 years old and his earliest memory of Irish music was listening to his Grandad (Mick Joe) playing the accordion and tin whistle! Kieran started on the Tin Whistle and moved up to the Flute before finally turning his hand to drumming. Kieran's main influences are Sharon Shannon, U2, The Biblecode Sundays and The Pogues.
Frankie has been playing the guitar since he was 8 years old and joined his first band in School at the age of 12. Frankie has played and recorded songs with local band 'Naked Jenga' and has toured venues in Ireland and England with 'The Draught' folk band. Frankie joined the Reels in summer 2009 and has been a permanent fixture ever since. His musical influences include Billy Sheehan, Flea, The Pogues, Led Zeplin, The Who and The Jam.
Antonia has been playing music since her childhood and has accompanied several high profile musicians including Damon Album, Duran Duran, Mark Ronson and Westlife to name but a few!! The Reels were delighted when Antonia joined in July 2011.
Leanne was born into a family filled with music – with both American and Irish roots. She began singing bluegrass songs and taught herself to play violin at 14. After honing her skills on the violin, at the many traditional Irish music sessions in Donegal, and teaching herself to play bluegrass music on the mandolin, Leanne decided that her passion was performing music. As well as regularly gigging on the Irish and Bluegrass circuit, she toured with the critically acclaimed show 'Essence of Ireland' and made an appearance with Michael Flatley's 'Lord Of The Dance'.
Although based in London, The Reels are available for weddings and St Patrick's Day events throughout the UK, including in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, and Sussex.
"I do not know how to thank you for you all playing at our wedding on Saturday - all my guests came up to me and told me that you were amazing, which you were. For me, personally, it was the highlight of our entertainment and I would like to get married again just to have The Reels play ha ha." - Katharina from Maidenhead - Fredricks Hotel, Maidenhead, June 2016
"I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your amazing band, you were absolutely brilliant we have had so many comments about how great you were, everyone loved you. Just the best wedding party we could have ever wished for thank you so so much! We will recommend you to everyone and can't wait to see you again." - Sarah from Oxford - Wedding at Milton Hill House, Oxfordshire, May 2016
"It was a brilliant night. You were amazing and everyone has commented how great you were. Thank you being part of our special day and making it so memorable" - Lisa from London, Wedding at Crown Hotel, Cricklewood, July 2015
"We really can't thank The Reels enough for giving up your New Years Eve to play at our Wedding. Your music really got the part started and the dance floor was full the whole night thanks to you and your fantastic music. Our guests were a mixture of nationalities and ages and everyone loved your music. You certainly have a lot of new fans now! The Reels learnt and played our first dance for us. This made our first dance feel so special and intimate. It's a moment that we will never forget. We highly recommend The Reels. They are professional, highly skilled musicians who really know how to get the party started!" - Laura from Maidenhead, Wedding at The Beaumont Estate, Windsor, December 2015
Black Velvet Band
Blanket On The Ground
Breakfast At Tiffany's
Brown Eyed Girl
Dirty Old Town
Dont Look Back In Anger
Dublin In The Rare Old Times
Fields Of Athenry
Folsom Prison Blues
Go Lassie Go
Green And Red Of Mayo
Green Fields Of France
Hills Of Donegal
I Useta Love Her
Leaving Of Liverpool
Little Lion Man
Ode To My Family
Only Our Rivers Run Free
Ring Of Fire
Rocks Of Bawn
Streets Have No Name
Tell Me Ma
The Auld Triangle
Time Of Your Life
Wake Me Up
Whiskey In The Jar
With Or Without You