Hi Folks, Reagh Greenleaf Jr. here.
I'm a Singer, Bodhrán-player and Percussionist. My specialties are ballads, work songs, sea chanteys, and accompanying Irish Traditional Music.
In 2000, I attended the Tommy Makem International School of Song in the North of Ireland; a ten-day immersion in Irish history, mythology, folklore, song, céilidh, workshops and concerts.
Since then, I've participated in thousands of sessions, concerts and festivals throughout New England, and appeared on several recordings. I was a core member of Tom Lanigan Band from 2009-2015 in the Rhode Island-Boston Irish music scene.
Update 2020: Due to restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, I am not currently performing at public venues.
I am appearing in some online performances, and am available for private lessons via Zoom. $35/hour
- Bodhrán - double-end style (sometimes called 'Kerry' style)
- Singing with bodhrán
Headphones on for best bodhrán sound🎧
Music starts at 1:20
I love performing a wide range of material, including:
- Irish, Scottish, Celtic traditional and contemporary
- Folk Revival, Roots and World music
- Country-Folk, Bluegrass, Jam Band
- Rock, Soul, Hip-Hop, Pop
Other than a couple years of organ lessons as a kid, I absorbed music entirely through the folk process. After my trip to Northern Ireland in 2000, I regularly attended Irish Traditional, Folk and Maritime/Chantey sessions, notably:
- Press Room Friday night session, Portsmouth, NH
- Gloucester, MA chantey sessions
- Green Briar Pub Comhaltas/Irish Monday sessions, Brighton, MA
- Sessions/campfires on the US Renaissance Faire circuit
I'm grateful for encouragement, pointers and mentorship from:
The Makem Brothers, Spain Brothers, Steve Wehmeyer, Tom Hall, Linn Shulz, Jeff Warner, Bruce MacIntyre (High Pukka Flying Squad!), Dave Hallowell, Pete Hale, Barry Finn, Emery Hutchins, Bill Perry, Chris Vaughan, Christopher Murphy, Aaron Clegg, Renaissance Festival performers, and countless others over the years. You are all a part of this.
Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, The Dubliners, The Chieftains, Planxty, Christy Moore, Bothy Band, Altan, Solas, Battlefield Band, Archie Fisher, Dougie MacLean, Stan Rogers, Ewan MacColl, Cyril Tawney, Lead Belly, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Loreena McKennitt, Enya, Gaelic Storm, Great Big Sea, Gillian Welch, Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull, Peter Gabriel, Afro-Celt Sound System, Depeche Mode, Enigma, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Dio, Iron Maiden . . ..
with The County Down:
Marble Bawn (2019)
Come to the Faire (2019)
Winds of Change (2019)
with Gypsy Reel:
Live 2017 (2017)
with Dan Brown and Claudine Langille:
Make 'em Feel the Bern (2016) single/YouTube video.
Celtic Snowflake w/Irish Reels (2015) animation/YouTube video; feat. Damaris Woods of Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfetones.
with Tom Lanigan Band:
Tour de Patrick (2012) compilation.
As the Light Declines (2011) feat. Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki.
Voice from the Tomb (2011) co-produced; feat. Jordan Tirrell-Wysock & Damaris Woods.