Respect tradition / embrace the future

  Das ist das Motto einer Band, die irischen Folk mit modernen Dancerythmen vereint. Die Band um Frontman Don O Connor, der einst mit seiner Band "Reform" in Irland alle Hallen und Säle füllte, in den 90er Jahren auf der "IrishPub-Welle" nach Deutschland schwappte, bespielt heute Festivals und stilvolle Konzerte vor allem in Deutschland, der Schweiz und Irland.

The Reform Story

  Formed in Limerick in early 1968. The original line up featured Don O’Connor (drums, vocals), Noel Casey (bass), Joe Mulcahy (rhythm guitar) and Willie Browne (vocals, lead guitar). Willie had previously played with Limerick's Berwyn Showband. The group's first gig was as part of a concert in what is now the Belltable Arts Centre, it was then known as Amharaclann na Feile.

By 1973, the group was a three piece band with Joe Mulcahy taking over bass duties from Noel. That same year, the group performed their own composition, “I’m Gonna Get You” in the Originality Spot on the RTE television programme ‘Spin Off’. The song overcame stiff competition from artists such as The Times and The Others to be voted number one. “I’m Gonna Get You” was released on CBS in September of the same year, produced by Billy Brown of the Freshmen.

A year later, in 1974 their manager, Oliver Barry, secured the group a recording contract with UK record company, Young Blood, a division of CBS. Band leader Don O'Connor was also featured in Spotlight that year after complaining to the weekly entertainment magazine that their "rock" coverage was heavily influenced by a non existent Dublin rock scene. "We are faced each week," wrote Don, "with this stuff about the break-up of some previously unheard of rock group or a write up on some Cat's Pyjamas or others who haven't got the price of a van." Meanwhile, rural working bands like Reform were totally ignored.  

In 1978, Reform performed their own composition, “You Gotta' Get Up”, in the National Song Contest but were pipped by Colm Wilkinson performing “Born To Sing”. Colm  went on to represent Ireland in that years Eurovision Song Contest. The band's recording of the song made the Irish Charts later that year, at the time, an unusual feat for an Irish Rock Band, especially one based outside of Dublin.

To mark the 25th Anniversary of Buddy Holly’s death in 1984, the group were invited by the Limerick Rock ‘n’ Roll Club to top the bill at their Buddy Holly Convention. To honour the memory of Buddy Holly the group recorded a medley of Holly’s tunes. This recording was never issued commercially.

Reform played their final gig on August 31, 1984 at the CYMS Hall, Killorglin, Co. Kerry.