Liam Reilly

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Liam Reilly
Birth name Liam O'Reilly
Origin Dundalk, Louth
Ireland
Genres Rock, Irish Folk Music
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
keyboards
Piano
Associated acts Bagatelle

Liam Reilly (born 29 January 1955, Dundalk) is an Irish singer/songwriter and a former member of the group Bagatelle.[1] Bagatelle were formed in 1978 by drummer Walter (Wally) McConville along with bass player Ken O'Brien and guitarist John Doyle. In 1980 while recording the band's debut album, Reilly had received and offer from Gus Dudgeon (Elton John's producer, who has since died) to begin a solo career in return for leaving the other band members to their own devices. However Reilly refused and insisted on sticking by the other members as they had done the same for him up until that point. After leaving the group in the mid-1980s he moved to Savannah, Georgia and began a solo career. In this time he recorded an album called 'Savannah Serenade' which featured much of Reilly's keyboards and vocals. In 1988 he was a finalist in the Irish heats of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Lifeline". Reilly came back to arrive second in the event in 1990 with Somewhere in Europe. He performed this at the Eurovision Song Contest 1990 staged in Zagreb and was placed joint second out of the 22 entries. As a composer, Reilly returned to Eurovision in Rome in 1991 where his song Could It Be That I'm In Love, performed by Kim Jackson, was placed equal tenth.

References[edit]

  1. ^ True, Chris. "Biography: Bagatelle". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kiev Connolly & The Missing Passengers
with "The Real Me"
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
1990
Succeeded by
Kim Jackson
with "Could It Be That I'm In Love"