BREAKING NEWS !! from the John Reilly Team:

26the February 2023

‘YOUR SONG’ is Going on Tour !!

‘YOUR SONG’ John Reilly and Lewis Nitikman’s celebration of the music of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, is playing at venues around the country in 2023. If you have a local venue, or if you’d like them to play at your venue, please get in touch. Call Elaine 07918 556552 or email

28th October 2022

Tickets are flying for the 10th Anniversary Christmas Festival of Music, this one will be a really special night and  John & Lewis are delighted that so many of you will be sharing it with them !!

They have just announced that an extra special guest, award-winning songwriter, producer and composer, ELIOT KENNEDY will be performing, alongside STEVE BEIGHTON and other members of the Acoustic Angels. Eliot’s Christmas single ‘This is Christmas’ will be released on November 11th. All proceeds will be given to a National energy charity for those that are struggling to pay their energy bills – here’s the Spotify link. 

If you haven’t got your concert tickets yet, there’s still time, online here or call/text Elaine 07918 556552

1st July 2022


The 10th Anniversary Christmas Festival of Music – John Reilly & Friends
Musical Director Lewis Nitikman
Friday 16th December 2022 – One Night ONLY !!
The OCTAGON Centre Sheffield

Order ONLINE Here

10 years ago, singer-songwriter John Reilly and Musical Director Lewis Nitikman played their first ever ‘Christmas Festival of Music’ concert at Sheffield Cathedral to an audience of around 200. Since then, it has become an iconic Sheffield tradition playing for 2 or 3 nights to audiences in excess of 800 but to celebrate this special 10th Anniversary year, we are raising the bar even higher !! This year’s 10th Anniversary concert will take place in the amazing 1200 capacity OCTAGON CENTRE in Sheffield. and is once again proudly sponsored by Norrie, Waite & Slater.

Joining John & Lewis this year will be Stannington Brass Band, Janine Dyer with Sheffield Community Choir, Tenor Gareth Lloyd, Soprano Emily Robinson, members of the Acoustic Angels plus some very special guests

EARLYBIRD TICKETS are £20 (until 31st August) and are available from Elaine 07918 556552, online via or from the Design Studio on Ecclesall Road Sheffield. Children under 10 years £5. From 1st September, tickets will be £25. Seats are not generally allocated but will be reserved for groups of 8 or more.

This year’s concert is in support of Cavendish Cancer Care.

Here is a clip from last year’s concert, the full ensemble with ‘Live and Let Die’

28th April 2022


The new John Reilly single ‘Redemption Hill’ is OUT NOW !!

Watch the Stunning Lyric Video Here !! Please ‘like’ and subscribe (also click the bell to get instant notifications)
Here are all the download and streaming links
Check out the John Reilly Official Facebook page for live updates
If you hear the single on BBC Radio Sheffield, or BBC Radio 2, please text them with a comment, just text 81333 and start your text with the word ‘Sheffield’
Please email with your messages for John about the new song.
Let’s hope for as much airplay as ‘La La la (Bulletproof)’ received – come on BBC Radio 2 !!

SOLD OUT !! Boy on a Dolphin are back for ONE NIGHT ONLY !!

Saturday 9th July at the Medway Centre BAKEWELL. Tickets are flying, more info here

10th October 2021:

Press Release: Line-Up for Christmas Festival of Music Announced:

Christmas 2021 Press Release

24th May 2021:

John Reilly with Lewis Nitikman at Crookes Club 28th & 29th May

These are socially distanced concerts, masks must be worn on entry unless you are exempt, and whenever you leave your table ie to go to the loo, but of course, not when you are seated.

Doors are open from 7.15pm but the concert won’t start until 8.30pm approx. so no rush to arrive early since you will have been allocated a table. We have tried to do this in order of booking, but in any case, it is a ‘sit and listen’ concert so everyone will be able to see and hear.

There will be waiter/waitress service from the bar with order sheets on the tables, just raise your hand when you have an order and they will come to you. You can do this during the concert, no problem.

CD’s will be on sale during the interval and at the end of the performance, from the table to the right of the stage. They are £10 each and cash payment only.

We hope you enjoy the concert, see you at the weekend.

The John Reilly Team

2nd April 2021:

Fantastic news !! The new John Reilly single ‘La La La (Bulletproof)‘ is now on the BBC Radio 2 playlist and the BBC Core playlist, if you hear it, please tet the show (Radio 2 is 88291, for local stations it is 81333 and start your text with the area you live in eg Sheffield for us local people) Every message helps to keep the song on the playlist. It has been played by Ken Bruce, Steve Wright, Vanessa Feltz and OJ Borg so far which is fantastic !! The song also features on the BBC Radio 2 Spotify playlist:

16th March 2021:

John Reilly’s new single ‘La La la (Bulletproof) is OUT NOW !!

Click here for the single launch at

Click here for all major download sites and the World Premiere of the video

FOLLOW – LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to John Reilly – its important !!

14th March 2021:

Just 2 days to go until the launch of John Reilly’s new single, ‘La La La (Bulletproof)’ It will be available to download from all major sites from Tuesday morning and the La La La (Bulletproof) Worldwide video premier hosted by the international online music magazine on Tuesday 16th March from 4.30 UK time.

5th March 2021:
‘LA LA LA (Bulletproof)’ The NEW single from John Reilly beams into your homes on Tuesday, March 16th.
A piano-driven tour de force and we guarantee you’ll be singing along.
Written by John Reilly and Lewis Nitikman
Here’s a sneak peek..
John needs 1000 YouTube subscribers, so PLEASE SUBSCRIBE to

26th October 2020:

What is your favourite John Reilly Song? – A unique opportunity to purchase the lyrics !!
John Reilly’s words and thoughts expressed in his song lyrics strike a deep personal chord with many. Songs such as ‘Women of Steel’, ‘Not Alone’, ‘Fire’, ‘Words Inside’, ‘Amazing Life’, ‘Life’s a Blast’, ‘Galway Bay’, to name but a few, have a strong connection with his solo and Boy on a Dolphin audience.
This year has been an incredibly stressful and challenging time for everyone, including full-time professional musicians and the challenges now are as tough as they were six months ago.

To those who value John’s unique gift of capturing meaningful imagery and depth in his writing, we would like to offer a wonderful way of supporting the continuity to write and record at this difficult time by purchasing beautifully framed lyrics from any of his songs, personally signed and accompanied by a signed synopsis of John’s personal recollection of where, when and why he wrote them.

Please peruse the song list for your favourites, which strike a personal chord with you and photographs of the framed version. We also think they could make a thoughtful and meaningful Christmas or birthday gift for friends.

The lyrics are available framed or unframed and in 2 sizes:
A4: Unframed £10 Framed £25 (Finished Size 12in x 15in)
A3: Unframed £12 Framed £30
Order by calling or texting Elaine 07918 556552

20th September:

We are delighted to announce that both dates for the Christmas Festival of Music 2020 have sold out so we have added a third date, Thursday December 10th !!

3rd September 2020:

John Reilly and Lewis Nitikman are delighted to announce that their Christmas Festival of Music WILL TAKE PLACE this year at the beautiful Victoria Hall in Sheffield on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th December
They are currently working on the format and finalising the details to ensure a Covid safe but thoroughly enjoyable Christmas concert. Obviously, given the current situation, numbers will be limited, so save the dates or why not reserve tickets now with Elaine if you haven’t already done so. It will be a little bit different this year, certainly more intimate than before, but one thing is for certain, it will be a wonderful start to your Christmas Celebrations !!
To reserve tickets, call or text Elaine 07918 556552
Keep checking your emails and for more information.
Thanks for your continued support
The John Reilly Team

1st September 2020:

The beautiful lyric video for John Reilly’s new single ‘Amazing Life’ is released TODAY !! You can watch it here: Please subscribe to John’s YouTube channel, like and comment on the video and share to spread the word

3rd August 2020:

WOW!! We have had a fantastic response to our 2nd online concert ‘Reilly/Nitikman The Elton Sessions’ which was released on John’s private YouTube channel on Saturday, some of them are listed below. Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket and supported live music in these crazy times.

Both concerts are still available to buy – go to or call/text Elaine 07918 556552

Here are just a few of your comments:
I really enjoyed it! Well done everyone! Absolutely brilliant as usual. Thank you
Just finished watching, fabulous as always, hope you gave the jacket back

What a tremendous evenings viewing, absolutely loved every bit of it.
Thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you to all involved, particularly John and Lewis of course! X

We’ve had a wonderful night Lewis watching the concert. I’m amazed when I watch your fingers on the keyboard. Loved it all
Fantastic, really enjoyed it. Thank you x

After listening to your Elton John we then had to listen to your devils arse again. Amazing
Fantastic absolutely loved it! Brilliantly sung and played

So good, fabulous and marvellous John Reilly & Lewis Nitikman. A superb team effort and a winning combination!
It was absolutely fantastic!! I watched it twice last night in my campervan xx

Brilliant concert. Watched last night and again just now. Looking forward to the next one!!! Loved every minute of the session and bonus is I can watch it again and again! That said still miss a live session seeing you guys but this goes some way to make up for it.

20th July 2020:

The lucky winner of the Elton John song competition is Martin Street who chose ‘Burn Down The Mission’ as his favourite tune. John and Lewis will be playing the song, along with most of the other choices when they film the ‘Elton Sessions’ concert at Yellow Arch Studios. There was a tie for the most popular song, between ‘Candle In The Wind’ and ‘Tiny Dancer’. Thanks to everyone who entered, we hope you enjoy the video when it’s released on 1st August. For ticket info click here

9th April 2020:

John Reilly here.
I just wanted to connect with you all at this time of anxiety and uncertainty and wish you all safety and the best of health. I have just written this song with all of you in mind and I hope it resonates with your feelings for family and friends in isolation. I really miss the connection of playing live and the warm feedback and energy I receive from you all so as the song says. Be safe, take care and I’ll see you on the other side.

Click here to hear the new song

YOU CAN HELP ME to get this song out there by liking, making a positive comment and SHARING with as many people as possible. That will make a huge difference.

Love to you all
John Reilly

18th February 2020:

John Reilly and The Smooth Operators present:
The Definitive Burt Bacharach Songbook
two BIG SHOWS on sale NOW !!

4th December 2019:
All John Reilly, Boy on a Dolphin and Acoustic Angels CD’s are now on sale at HMV, Meadowhall AND Sheffield stores – great gifts for Christmas !!

20th November 2019:
Exciting News !! ‘Peace Sign’ is now on sale at HMV, in Meadowhall and Sheffield !!
Other John Reilly albums to follow soon, plus Boy on a Dolphin, Acoustic Angels and Lewis Nitikman’s album ‘New Dawn’ – watch this space …

2nd October 2019:
One-off preview of John Reilly ‘Amazing Life’ recording.

John Reilly and Lewis Nitikman have just finished recording and mastering their new song ‘AMAZING LIFE’. The song, recorded and produced at Steelworks Sheffield, has just returned from a mastering session at ABBEY ROAD Studios London and they are very proud of its profound and moving vocals. They will showcase the recorded version for the audience at this Saturday’s Library by Lounge gig – the only chance to hear it before it is released next year. They look forward to seeing you there and to hearing your reactions to their new recording.
Tickets £12.50 online from this link or reserve with Elaine 07918 556552 and pay on the door.

25th September 2019:

We are delighted to say that our Christmas Festival of Music concert on Friday 6th December is now completely SOLD OUT !! However, there are still tickets available for Thursday 5th December- click here for online sales or phone/text Elaine 07918 556552.

We are also delighted to announce our guest vocalists for both evenings are:

Maxwell Thorpe following his standing ovation at Sheffield’s Greystones last Saturday, and various TV and Radio appearances, Maxwell is looking forward to appearing with John Reilly and Lewis Nitikman once again this year.
He will be joined for both nights by Soprano
Emily Robinson, who delighted audiences at last year’s Christmas concert. Musical Director of Sheffield Community Choir and 2nd place finalist on ‘The Voice’, Janine Dyer will also be doing a couple of solos – it’s looking like it’s going to be a fantastic night and a great way to kick off the Christmas festivities. Check out the ‘Countdown to Christmas’ Lazy Sunday gigs at Caffe Piazza on 8th December and Parr Street Liverpool on 15th December

6th August 2019:

Just Announced !! John Reilly and Guests – Musician’s Against Cancer Charity Gig – at The Greystones, Sheffield, on Saturday 21st September !!

John is helping to raise funds for Weston Park Hospital, St Lukes Hospice and Cancer Research UK in this one-night only, all seated event after being asked by Mike Pidgeon of Thornbridge Brewery. You can read Mike’s story on John’s facebook events page :

Lewis Nitikman has very kindly agreed to join John on the night and further guests will be announced soon. Tickets are only £10, online here, from The Greystones between 12 and 6pm or from Elaine 07918 556552, lets show our support and get this one sold-out extra fast, it’s for a great cause !!

1st July 2019:

The Christmas Festival of Music 2019 tickets went on sale yesterday to John Reilly mailing list members and we had a HUGE initial response – well over 200 tickets sold in just a few hours !! It’s now on general sale, so if you want to join us in the stunning Victoria Hall, please get your tickets as soon as possible. To order online click here or call/text Elaine 07918 556552

8th June 2019:
Breaking News from John Reilly and Lewis Nitikman !!

We are thrilled to announce that our ‘Christmas Festival of Music’ concerts this year will take place in the stunning Victoria Hall, just next to Chapel Walk, opposite the Crucible Theatre in the centre of Sheffield It’s an amazing venue, with outstanding acoustics, it’s going to be fantastic and we can’t wait to play there with Stannington Brass Band, the Sheffield Gospel Choir and some very special guests. When the lights go down, it will be truly spectacular !!

Please save the dates for this year’s concerts, Thursday 5th and Friday 6th December, tickets will go on sale at the beginning of July at the same price as last year, just £15 each. The concerts are in support of two very special charities, Weston Park and Assist, we really hope you can join us there.
John & Lewis

31st May 2019:

Exciting News: John Reilly is playing with Boy on a Dolphin for ONE NIGHT ONLY
to celebrate Tramlines Weekend at the Greystones Sheffield on Friday 19th July !!
Tickets will sell fast for this one so get yours NOW !!
From Elaine on the John Reilly Gig Phone 07918 556552 or online here
or from the bar at The Greystones between 12 and 6pm
Please Note: All Standing Gig

6th March 2019:

This year’s concert at the Devil’s Arse is on sale now and selling fast !!
Due to the huge success of last year’s concert, we are doing it all again – Reilly & Nitikman celebrate the songs of Elton John & Billy Joel with special guest Steve Beighton !!

click here for online tickets

11th February 2019:
order online here

10th January 2019 !!

The Biggest Birthday Party in Sheffield This Year !!
Award-winning Record Producer and Songwriter Eliot Kennedy is celebrating his 50th Birthday with a special gig on Friday 29th March at Sheffield City Hall and he has asked John Reilly and Lewis Nitikman to open up the event for him. John Reilly will then guest later in the show alongside other friends of Eliot Kennedy, including Gary Barlow, Kenny Smith and Alfie Boe, to name just a few. Tickets are on sale now at Sheffield City Hall 0114 2789 789 or online here

9th November 2018 !!

A real treat for hardcore Boy on a Dolphin fans – following the huge success of last year’s Christmas gig, John Reilly & the boys are playing at a SECRET VENUE in Sheffield on Tuesday 11th December – numbers are strictly limited for this high energy gig – standing room only. This will sell out fast so get your tickets soon to be part of this amazing night of live music !! Over half of the tickets have already gone to members of John Reilly’s text mailing list !!

get tickets online here

The venue details will be announced on Saturday 8th December – on here on facebook and to the John Reilly text and email list !!

7th November 2018 !!

WOW !! Both Saturday 8th December and Friday 7th December ‘Christmas Festival of Music’ at Sheffield Cathedral have SOLD OUT !! Thank you to everyone who has bought tickets and sorry if you have missed out – join the John Reilly text mailing list to get in first in future, just text Elaine on 07918 556552 with your name and ‘please add’

26th October 2018 !!

John Reilly & Lewis Nitikman are pleased to announce that their ‘Christmas Festival of Music’ concert at Sheffield Cathedral on Saturday 8th December is now SOLD OUT !! The last remaining tickets for the concert on Friday 7th December (£15 each) are available now from the Cathedral Gift Shop, online here or from Elaine on the John Reilly gig phone 07918 556552

7th August 2018:

John Reilly Introduces – Virgin Money Lounge Fargate Sheffield
Sunday 19th August 1.30pm – 3.30pm
John will be joined by Anthony Lomas, Shaun Perry and Jack T Harper
for the Ultimate Summer Sunday Jam Session
free tea, coffee & soft drinks, BYO alcohol
Only 15 tickets left (only £10 each) as I type – online here or phone/text Elaine 07918 556552

6th August 2018 !!

John Reilly and Lewis Nitikman at Greystones, Sheffield on Friday 5th October:
will be joined on stage by a very SPECIAL GUEST – JOHN PARR of St Elmo’s Fire Fame !!
for online tickets – click here

6th July 2018:

John Reilly and Lewis Nitikman’s new single ‘Living With It ‘ has just been play listed on BBC Radio Sheffield. Apparently they beat out some major acts for this spot. Thanks to everyone for their support of our original music and especially to Howard Pressman

1st July 2018:

Tickets for the Christmas Festival of Music Concerts at Sheffield Cathedral are now on sale !!
Friday 7th December, Doors 7.30pm, Saturday 8th December Doors 7pm.
Guests this year include Stannington Brass Band and for the very first time:
Sheffield Gospel Choir
online tickets are available here

20th June 2018:

The concert at The Devil’s Arse on Saturday 7th July ‘Reilly & Nitikman Celebrate the Music of Elton John & Billy Joel’ with special guest Steve Beighton, will be filmed for a live DVD !!

Get your tickets online NOW to be part of this very special event !!

7th June 2018:

The dates for this year’s ‘Christmas Festival of Music’ have been announced, featuring John Reilly and special guests, Musical Director Lewis Nitikman.  It will take place over two nights, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December.

Tickets will be on sale soon, but you can reserve your place now by calling or texting Elaine on the John Reilly gig phone 07918 556552.

27TH April 2018 : 

John Reilly will be interviewed live on the Howard Pressman show on BBC Radio Sheffield at 4.15pm this afternoon and you can hear the first ever radio play of his new single ‘Don’t Stop The Dance’.
Please listen in on 88.6fm or online and maybe text the programme (text 81333 and start your text with the word Sheffield)
Thanks so much, hope you love the song as much as we do !!