Virgin Lounge

for John Reilly gigs with Lewis Nitikman click here

New for 2018:

John Reilly introduces …
at Virgin Money lounge, 66 Fargate, Sheffield

Starting Sunday 21st January
followed by usually the last Sunday in every month
1.30pm – 3.30pm

Singer songwriter John Reilly joins forces with Virgin Money Lounges to introduce amazing musical talent from all over the UK in a once a month Lazy Sunday Afternoon Concert. Each performance will feature a live set from John as he introduces the month’s special guests and John will even join them at a some point for a musical collaboration.

The venue is live in the upstairs of the Virgin Money Lounge, 66 Fargate, Sheffield. All coffees (incl. Lattes, Cappuccino, Espresso etc), teas (incl. speciality teas) and soft drinks are totally FREE!!! and the good news is you can bring your own alcohol. Glasses etc available at the venue. Performances will begin at approx. 1.30pm and end by 3.15pm which gives people plenty of time to continue a fabulous afternoon in Sheffield taking in local bars or restaurants.

Tickets for these events are on a 1st come 1st served basis and are limited to a maximum capacity of 100

Sunday 25th November
John Reilly Introduces –  Brooke Waddle with Lewis Nitikman
plus special guests from Boy on a Dolphin Andy Needham & Pete Hiley

This is a really special one –  John Reilly Introduces vocalist Brooke Waddle accompanied by Lewis Nitikman ! !Brooke Waddle has been singing for over 10 years, in bands and as a solo artist, including 5 years touring abroad and has also featured on BBC1’s ‘The Voice’:

In addition, John has invited from BOY ON A DOLPHIN Andy Needham and Pete Hiley to join him, the guys will be playing a lot of your favourite Dolphin tracks, but in a very stripped back, acoustic format, in this lovely intimate venue it is going to be totally amazing !!

Sunday 21st October – SOLD OUT !!
John Reilly Introduces – all the way from British Columbia Canada
‘One Man Band’ and amazing pianist Mr Andrew Johns

Andrew loves to make people happy!  Loves to make people smile, is a master at invoking emotion through his impeccable skill in every song his audiences love and request..
Ask his clients- “Who in the world of entertainment compares to Andrew Johns?” And they will tell you “No-one!”.  There’s no-one like Andrew Johns for variety, spontaneity, great sound and performance and reliability.  
Clever, polished and unbelievable impersonations are his trademark. Yes, a one man show making technology work for him- sheer talent on stage as he pulls off 4 part harmonies from Queen, Eagles, Steely Dan and Steve Wonder. No wimpy falsetto’s here- he generates the full powerhouse female vocals of divas like Pink, Adele, Norah and more.
Andrew gives more than almost any other performer with his time, charity and effort in his performance.  You will definitely get MORE THAN EXPECTED every time with Andrew Johns.

check him out on youtube


Sunday 30th September – SOLD OUT !!
John Reilly Introduces James Taplin and Ray Hearne
‘Songs with Stories’


Sunday 19th August – SOLD OUT !!
John Reilly Introduces Anthony Lomas, Shaun Perry and Jack T Harper
in a Summer Sunday Jam Session
Original Songs and Timeless Classics !!
John Reilly has invited some of Sheffield’s favourite musicians to join him in this ultimate laid back, summer Sunday Jam session !!

Expect to hear original  John Reilly and Boy on a Dolphin tunes, classics from Jack T Harper’s brand new EP and who knows what else!! All that is certain is that it will be another amazing Sunday session at Virgin Money Lounge, Sheffield so don’t miss it !!

Sunday 15th July
John Reilly Introduces John Parr
1.30pm – 3.30pm

USA No 1 Hit record with St. Elmo’s Fire – 10 million albums sold worldwide !!

This review from the ‘Rewind’ festival, 2017, says it all:

“The man, who stole people’s hearts and hit number one with St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion), delivered one of the best sets I have ever witnessed at Rewind. Full of drama, the Restless Heart performer rocked the audience, almost setting his guitar on fire. There are just a few guitarists with as much passion and skill, and if you factor in his sense of humour and ability to connect with the audience, he has it all. He’s a magician, able to change a guitar into a living, breathing creature capable of all the softness and depth one could imagine. No wonder there was a long queue of fans waiting for the opportunity to chat or take a selfie with him.”

It will be another amazing afternoon, don’t miss it !!

to add your name to the waiting list, ring/text Elaine 07918 556552

John Parr singing an acoustic version of ‘St Elmo’s Fire

Sunday 29th April – SOLD OUT !!
John Reilly Introduces – Steve ‘Papa’ Edwards
1.30pm – 3.30pm

As a singer, songwriter, producer and natural live performer, Steve Papa Edwards has carved a vibrant musical niche, blazing some carnival-bright colours through a music scene that too often settles for blandness.
Dusty Springfield once praised the charms of a fictional son of a preacher man, Steve however is the genuine article. Born in England to Jamaican parents, his impeccable Caribbean credentials include blood kinship to the late, great Peter Tosh. His upbringing however was also shaped by the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield, a half-wild burgh on seven hills characterised by tough individualism, a gobby kind of wit and fecund creativity. As a songwriter Papa E studied a broad range of influences from giants like Bacharach and Lennon/McCartney to soul titans Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield and Bobby Womack, via Brit essentials like Elvis Costello, plus the street energy of punk and Two Tone. Like fiery jerk chicken served with a side of crispy Yorkshire pudding, Papa represents a fertile blend of British and Jamaican culture.
As a collaborator, Papa has shared his capable chops with the likes of Basement Jaxx, Bob Sinclar, Cassius, Richard Hawley, Sly and Robbie and Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helder. His craft has been further honed through working with his own musical collectives, including Moskow Edwards Project and Lords of Flatbush.
So bend an ear to a man of two islands, who cares for the beat of your heart rather than any hollow blah or bling. He’ll make you smile, he’ll make you sigh, he’ll make you think. Welcome to Papa’s world and come on in …

Have a listen …

Sunday 29th April – SOLD OUT !!
John Reilly Introduces – Henry Priestman & ‘Loved Up’ Les Glover
1.30pm – 3.30pm

So in this age of genre’s, niches and “tribes”, where does Henry fit in? seem to think he’s folk (“Chronicles…” topped the Amazon “Folk and World” charts on it’s release), Radio 2’s Johnnie Walker described Henry’s new direction as “music for grumpy old men”, The Daily Mail said he is “a master of the rueful observation”, the late Robert Sandall in The Sunday Times called it “rough hewn charm“, and elsewhere the phrase “post-punk-folk-protest” has been bandied about.

Henry Priestman’s “got form,” his “previous” including Yachts (described in Gene Sculatti’s U.S. book The Catalog of Cool as “Cole Porter Punk”!), It’s Immaterial, The Christians (writing all songs on their 1987 triple-platinum debut), sharing a mic and a number one single with Paul McCartney, and composing the title song for London West End musical “Dreamboats and Petticoats”.  To say nothing of a roll call of sessions for fellow North West luminaries including Lightning Seeds, Johnny Marr, Ian McCulloch, Pete Wylie, Ian McNabb and Echo & The Bunnymen, plus vocals on Jools Holland/Tom Jones’ 2004 CD.

here’s a video to give you a taster – ‘Grey’s the New Blonde’

Sunday 25th March – SOLD OUT !!
John Reilly Introduced – Edwina Hayes
Special Guest Host – Julian Jones

Edwina Hayes numbers Michael Parkinson and Nanci Griffith among her fans. Her beautifully written songs and charming stage presence have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-americana. She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison and the title song of her album ‘Pour Me A Drink’ was covered by Nanci Griffith who calls her ‘the sweetest voice in England’. Her cover of the Randy Newman song ‘Feels Like Home’ was featured in the Cameron Diaz film My Sister’s Keeper and has since had over six million plays on You Tube.

One of Edwina’s Original Songs, ‘Pour Me a Drink’

to buy tickets for Steve ‘Papa’ Edwards, click below


Sunday 25th February
John Reilly Introduced – Rip Roarin’ Success

The Rip Roaring Success are the hottest Western Swing Band East of El Paso featuring Wild Miss Lucille on double bass, Miss Jay tearing it up with some smokin’ hot fiddle and the token gent, the one and only Rusty on six strings of flamin’ geetar and hillbilly vox. Folk at venues and festivals up and down the country will testify that when you want the prairie set on fire with jumpin’ ho-down tunes then there ain’t no success like a rip roarin’ one

Here’s a video …


Sunday 21st January – SOLD OUT !!
John Reilly Introduced – Sleep Junkie


For this first event, John will be joined by Canadian pianist Lewis Nitikman and will introduce you to ‘SLEEP JUNKIE’ an acoustic folk pop duo from Barnsley.

Here is their video, filmed in Liverpool of all places !! Hope you enjoy it