Irish Songs

Billy ReidyLooking for some traditional Irish music for your event? Billy Reidy, whose ancestors came from the South Coast of Ireland, offers an entertaining one-man show that includes traditional and contemporary Irish folk tunes, rebel songs, ballads, pub songs, and Celtic songs.

Billy sings while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. He covers the songs of The Clancy Brothers, The Dublin City Ramblers, The Dubliners, The Fureys, The High Kings, The Irish Rovers, Dolores Keane, Tommy Makem, Jim McCann, Christy Moore, The Pogues, Paddy Reilly, The Wolfe Tones and many more!

In addition to Irish songs, Billy has an extensive repertoire of over 1,000 songs covering a wide range of genres, including Country, Folk, Oldies, Classic Hits, Standards, Blues and Roots music.

His extensive song list offers something for everyone!

Billy Reidy’s solo acoustic act is perfect for St. Patrick Day celebrations, Irish Pubs, Irish-American Organizations, Irish Events & Festivals, and any private party where Irish music, and other types of music, would be appreciated.

In addition to his solo acoustic act, Bill can also offer a duo, Reidy and Higgins, which includes Ellie Higgins on vocals, guitar and percussion, along with Bill on vocals, guitar, percussion, harmonica, and tin whistle.

If you, or your organization, would like more information about the music of Billy Reidy, he can be reached by phone at 508-287-8008 or by email at

For information about other acts that Bill offers, go to, where you will find more audios and videos and a description of his other solo acts and duos as well as his popular tribute shows.


Wild Rover


Spancil Hill


Dublin In The Rare Ould Times


Mairi’s Wedding


Brennan On The Moor


Will Ye Go Lassie Go

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Auld Triangle

A Man You Don’t Meet Everyday

All For Me Grog

An Irish Lullaby

Back Home In Derry

The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Biko Drum

Black Velvet Band

Black Is The Colour

Bold O’Donahue

The Boys of Killybegs

Brennan on the Moor


Clancy Lowered The Boom

Cliffs of Doneen

City of Chicago

The Cobbler

Come Back Paddy Reilly

Come Out Ye Black and Tans

Courtin’ In The Kitchen

Craic Was 90 In The Isle of Man

Danny Boy

Dear Little Shamrock

Dicey Riley

Drink It Up, Men

Drunken Sailor

Dirty Old Town


Fairytale of New York

Fiddlers Green

Fields of Athenry

Finnegan’s Wake

Flight of Earls

The Ferryman

From Clare To Here

Four Green Fields

Foggy Dew

Galway Bay

Galway Girl

Galway Races

Galtee Mountain Boy

Go Move Shift


Green Fields of France


The Holy Ground

Home Boys Home

I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen

I’ll Tell Me Ma

I’m A Rover

Irish Rover

John O’Dreams

Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya

Jug Of Punch

The Leaving of Nancy

The Leaving of Liverpool

MacNamara’s Band


Mairi’s Wedding

The Mermaid

Missing You

Molly Malone

The Moonshiner

Molly Maguires

Mountains of Mourne

Muirsheen Durkin

My Own Dear Galway Bay

My Wild Irish Rose

Nancy Spain

Nancy Whiskey

A Nation Once Again


On Raglan Road

On The One Road

Ordinary Man

A Pair of Brown Eyes

The Parting Glass

Patriot Game

Peggy Gordon

Quiet Desperation

Rainy Night In Soho

Rare Ould Times

Real Old Mountain Dew

Red Is The Rose

Red Rose Cafe

Ride On

Rising of the Moon

Roddy McCorley

The Rose of Tralee

Sally MacLennane

Song For Ireland

Seven Drunken Nights

Spancil Hill

The Spanish Lady

The Star of the County Down

The Town I Loved So Well

Unicorn Song

Viva La Quinta Brigada

Wild Colonial Boy

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Whiskey You’re The Devil

Wearing of The Green

Whiskey In The Jar

Wild Rover

Will Ye Go Lassie Go



The Proud History of the Reidy Clan

reidy coat of arms smallerThe Reidy family surname  (also Reedy, Riedy, Reid, and O’Reidy) is an Anglicized version of the Gaelic name Ó Riada. The family was part of the Dalcassian sept and in early Gaelic times lived in the southwest of Ireland, in the Munster counties of Clare and Kerry. The Ó Riadas can claim lineage to the legendary King Oiloill Olum, who was Monarch of Munster in the third century.

In the late 12th century the Ó Riadas gained control of lands belonging to the O’Donnegans, and an Ó Riada held the title of “King of Ara” (an area in Munster) for over three centuries. Records from the mid-1600s show clusters of Ó Riadas in counties Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary, and as far east as Waterford. Reidy is often claimed as a Scottish or Scotch-Irish name, and in fact, the Irish Ó Riadas are related to Carbri Riada who established kingdoms in ancient Ireland and Scotland.

Perhaps one of the most well known descendants of the Ó Riada clan is Irish composer Seán Ó Riada. Ó Riada, who was born John Reidy in 1931, reintroduced and revolutionized traditional Irish music by combining it with the classical tradition. Ó Riada’s formation of the traditional Irish band, Ceoltóirí Chualann, popularized Irish-language music. Ceoltóirí Chualann played in concert halls and attracted large crowds. It was one of the first modern popular Irish folk bands, and helped give rise to The Chieftains. Ó Riada has been credited with reintroducing the bódhran, which had not been widely used since the 16th century.

Source: Maeve Molly, Irish America Contributor, December / January 2008